GS1 Shipping Labels EDI

How are GS1-128 Labels different from Shipping Labels?

  • June 22, 2020 / by Infocon Systems

How are GS1-128 Labels different from Shipping Labels?

Most of you might have heard about the term “GS1-128 label” for the first time when you are at the stage of selecting your EDI service provider or going through your supplier contract from your trading partner. A question that might have popped up in your mind is “How are the FedEx/UPS Labels I use for my shipment different from these GS1-128 labels that my trading partner is mandating me with?” We at Infocon Systems’ try to simplify it for you! Read on…

A shipping label is an identification label by a mail carrier like FedEx or UPS that is affixed to a container/pallet/box which displays the information to direct the packages and ensure correct service is provided. It usually lists the origination and destination addresses of the shipment, package quantity, method of shipping (standard, express etc.). Shipping labels have nothing to do with EDI information being transmitted and are independent of someone using EDI or not.

On the other hand, GS1-128 (formerly known as UCC-128) shipping labels are logistic labels which enable shipment visibility within a supply chain. The primary purpose of utilizing GS1-128 shipping labels is to match a shipment with data being exchanged via EDI. The information it contains identifies the contents of the carton.

Infocon Systems Simplified GS1-128 Label Generation Process

The picture above explains clearly the EDI workflow and how GS1-128 labels fit in the whole process.
Infocon Systems provides a proprietary barcode software which links to our web based EDI portal being used by our customers to trade EDI documents with their trading partners. When you create an Advance Ship Notice (EDI 856) on our web-portal to send to your trading partner, you get an option to download and import the file into our barcode label software and print the labels at your end using a thermal/laser printer.

To know more on how Infocon Systems can help you create GS1-128 barcode labels along with your fast EDI setup, contact our sales department at +1.888.339.0722 or email us at

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