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What is a Global Location Number (GLN)?

Blogpost by: Sandra de Vries
From: Thursday 8 January 2015

A GLN is a number of 13 characters long, with which a business address as a unique address is identified. GLNs form the "key" to retrieve information from databases. The corresponding name, address and other details are linked to that unique GLN number. This can be both internal and external business locations.

GLN numbers are widely used for Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) with your Trading Partners and therefore they don’t need to be translated into a symbol. It is however possible to translate GLN numbers to a symbol/barcode, for example to be able to scan them.

In Germany a GLN is also called ILN.
The GLN standard is controlled by GS1, a global organization that is active in 110 countries and is represented in the Netherlands by GS1 Netherlands.
You can search for GLN numbers on http://gepir.gs1.org/v32/xx/default.aspx?Lang=en-US/.

Source images: GS1

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Sandra de Vries

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