Global Location Number (GLN)
The Global Location Number (GLN) is a 13-digit number. The associated name, address, and class of trade are “tied” to each unique number which is specific to only one exact and very precise location within the world.
Whenever an order is placed with a supplier, the supplier requires that each delivery point at a customer site is identified by using its own unique and proprietary number. This means:
- thousands of extra numbers are being maintained within both the supplier's and hospital's purchasing system
- hospitals spend significant time looking up their numbers before placing phone and other manual orders
- blind faith that the manufacturer and distributor have the correct price tied to each location before the order is placed
The assignment of a completely unique and commonly available number for each location where products are shipped by suppliers is a more reliable alternative. Just as a social security number or tax ID number is used in the business world, banking, and the U.S. Government, a single unique number used with all suppliers when placing orders, resolving discrepancies, and other follow-on transactions will be more efficient. Suppliers can always obtain information about facility locations from a central database, so they know everything that they need to properly ship, deliver, and bill products.