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General Merchandise and Hardlines Sector

From protecting your brand from unsafe, counterfeit or unlicensed products to making it easier to source qualified suppliers, the General Merchandise and Hardlines sector can benefit from GS1 Canada’s standards and solutions. By leveraging the power of standards, GS1 Canada can help business of all sizes increase operational efficiency as they address sector-wide non-competitive issues.

You face unique challenges keeping up with today’s ever-evolving market. As customers use more and more channels to interact with brands and purchase products, they are increasingly demanding about product transparency. They are similarly diverse about the products they buy and where they buy them from, making it difficult to build brand loyalty.

GS1 Canada’s global standards and integrated industry managed solutions help you meet the needs of this new marketplace, from providing richer information about products to making it easier to conduct product withdrawals and much more. Backed by extensive industry knowledge and experience, GS1 Canada’s standards and solutions leverage accurate, reliable and complete data to introduce efficiency into a wide range of business processes.

Find The Right Information For You:

Data Provider

Data Provider

Data Recipients

Manufacturer/Data Provider:

You need a secure, efficient way to provide your products to brick-and-mortar and online stores with maximum marketability. Beginning with a Company Prefix and barcode number (known as a GTIN or UPC/EAN) and continuing through to our ECCnet Industry Managed Solutions, GS1 Canada helps you list your products with distributors and retailers efficiently.

Our industry expertise is constantly working to ensure your product listings stay current with government regulations and trading partner requirements while ensuring you are prepared for any product withdrawals or incident reports.

What You Need To Do:

Our General Merchandise and Hardlines standards and ECCnet Industry Managed Solutions provide you with flexible tools and services that meet your business needs. These solutions assist you with obtaining the Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) that are used in barcodes for your products, and also help you:

  • List your products efficiently by reaching multiple trading partners at once, including retailers, brokers and distributors. Quickly share your up-to-date and accurate product content that meets Canadian industry requirements and regulations.
  • Provide the product data and images that your trading partners need for marketing, planogram and eCommerce while building your own content repository
  • Save on resources by using one central location to manage and update your product content
  • Avoid manual work-arounds that force you to spend time re-sending information to each trading partner you do business with and increasing the chance of error
  • Mitigate risk to your business and increase consumer safety with efficient product withdrawal notification processes
  • Be ready to issue or respond to Incident Reports required by Health Canada

How We Help You:

  • Reach multiple trading partners at once through our one-to-many process when listing new items and sharing content
  • Gain the opportunity to reach new trading partners and expand your business
  • Participate in the growing eCommerce industry by reaching consumers online via our eCommerce Content Solution
  • Provide trading partners with the information and images to meet Canadian industry requirements and regulations
  • Save time and minimize frustration with one central source to manage your information

How to Get Started:

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Below are the GM categories GS1 Canada is supporting through our solutions. Support is continuously expanding so stay tuned for more details.

Currently Supported:

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Baby
  • Cleaning Products
  • Cosmetics
  • Health and Beauty Aids
  • Housewares (cleaning supplies, stationery, light bulbs)
  • Pet Food
  • Pharmacy

Upcoming Categories

  • BBQ accessories
  • Hardware
  • Housewares and Storage
  • Lawn and Garden Care
  • Paint
  • Pet Care
  • Plumbing
  • Small Appliances
  • Sporting Goods (non-apparel)
  • Toys
  • Tools