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IBCA Guidelines for Product ID, Labels and Shipments

Supply Chain Foundation Guide

  1. Introduction – Information flow in the supply chain, How to use the documents
  2. Supply Chain Overview and Benefits
  3. Organizing The Labeling Project
  4. Understanding The GS1 System

Label Implementation Guide

  1. Implementing a GS1 System Labeling Project
  2. Implementing Serial Shipping Container Code
  3. Bar Code Print Quality

Contemporary Knowledge:



IBCA Guidelines for Product ID, Labels and Shipments (GPID)

Vital Items: Packing Slip

The packing slip contains critical information to properly identify and receive merchandise at stores and distribution centers.  Retailer employees use this information to help identify, sort and confirm merchandise quantities.  Retailer Accounts Payable departments also use packing slips as supporting paperwork for vendor payments.  Packing slips must reflect the actual shipment contents. Missing packing slips or inaccurate information on a packing slip causes delays in receiving which prevents the product from being placed in inventory or made available for sale to a customer.  These types of errors could also delay payments to vendors.

What does it provide?

Consistent communication between partners.

Clear communication to consumers.

Enables automation.

Eliminates a variety of errors.

Vital Items

Packing Slips

  1. Should be securely affixed to the lead carton or pallet inside an envelope marked “Packing Slip Enclosed”.
  2. The minimum required information should be presented in a format that is legible and organized for efficient receiving.
  3. A separate packing slip is required for each purchase order within the shipment.
  4. Should contain the fields of information identified in section 1.6 of the guidelines

Accurate and standard Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) may be necessary.

Standards Policy

IBCA Guidelines


Example of Packing list



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