GS1 ID Keys for Cash Handling

GS1 ID Keys give companies efficient ways to access information about items in their supply chains and share this information with trading partners.

ID Keys enable organizations to assign standard identifiers to products, documents, physical locations, and more.

Because GS1 ID keys are globally unique, they can be shared between organisations, increasing supply chain visibility for trading partners.

The GS1 ID Keys used in cash handling are:

  • Global Trade Item Number (GTIN)
  • Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC)
  • Global Location Number (GLN)
  • Global Returnable Asset Identifier (GRAI)
  • Global Shipment Identification Number (GSIN)

Global Trade Item Number (GTIN)

Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) can be used by a company to uniquely identify all of its trade items. GS1 defines trade items as products or services that are priced, ordered, or invoiced at any point in the supply chain.

The GTIN can be used to identify types of products at any packaging level (e.g., consumer unit, inner pack, case, pallet). Groups of trade items with similar production and usage characteristics such as production batches can be further identified with the help of the batch/lot number, expiry date, and similar data elements. Individual trade items can be uniquely identified using a GTIN plus serial number.

Where is GTIN used in Cash Handling?

The GTINs, defined by the Eurosystem, are used to identify not only individual banknotes and coins but also packs or groups of those. The list of the official GTINs is published at the following document:

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Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC)

Serial Shipping Container Code can be used by companies to identify a logistic unit, which can be any combination of trade items packaged together for storage and/ or transport purposes. For example a case, pallet, or parcel.

The SSCC is a crucial key for traceability since it uniquely identifies each distributed logistic unit and its content.

The SSCC enables companies to track each logistic unit for efficient order and transport management.

Where is SSCC used in Cash Handling?

Traceability of every cash package from the printing works until delivery to the CI: SSCC labels on the cash packaging and electronic communication allow full traceability of banknotes and coins, from the printing works or until they are delivered by NCBs to the CI. It improves security, control, and service quality.

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Global Location Number (GLN)

Global Location Number (GLN) can be used by companies to identify their locations, giving them complete flexibility to identify any type or level of location required.

The GLN can be used in electronic messages and registries to inform trading partners about companies and their corresponding GLNs and associated GLN information.

Where is GLN used in Cash Handling?

The legal actors involved in the cash cycle – credit institutions (CIs), cash in transit companies (CITs), retail organizations – as well as the cash points and physical locations, are identified through Global Location Numbers.

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Global Returnable Asset Identifier (GRAI)

The Global Returnable Asset Identifier is one of two GS1 Keys for asset identification. This GS1 Key is especially suitable for the management of reusable transport items, transport equipment, and tools. It can also identify these returnable assets by type and if needed also individually for tracking and sorting purposes.

Where is GRAI used in Cash Handling? 

Traceability of every returnable asset (a special container that needs to be tracked and traced) is allowed with the identification by GRAI. 

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Global Shipment Identification Number (GSIN)

The Global Shipment Identification Number (GSIN) is a number assigned by a seller and shipper of goods to identify a shipment comprised of one or more logistic units that are intended to be delivered together.

Where is GSIN used in Cash Handling? 

Complete shipments (a group of cash units traveling from the same sender to the same receiver) are identified with a GSIN.

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