GLN – Global Location Number

Definition updated on November 2023

What is a GLN (Global Location Number) and how does it facilitate supply chain management?

The GLN (Global Location Number) is a unique 13-digit number used to identify the locations of parties involved in a business transaction. Developed by GS1, an international non-profit organization, the GLN system allows businesses to standardize the identification of their locations, whether that's a warehouse, store, or corporate office. This is especially useful in the supply chain, where products might pass through multiple locations before reaching the end consumer. The GLN ensures that each of these locations can be precisely identified, reducing errors and increasing efficiency. Each GLN is globally unique, ensuring that there is no ambiguity when referring to a particular location. In the context of sneaker reselling, a GLN can be useful for tracking the movement of sneakers through various distribution centers, warehouses, or stores. This can help resellers ensure authenticity, track inventory, and manage logistics more efficiently. For beginners in sneaker reselling, while you might not deal with GLNs directly, understanding that they exist can give you a deeper insight into the complexities of the global sneaker supply chain.

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