Top Logistic Companies That Use Blockchain
Blockchain is a rapidly developing technology that even gets to Wine industry. It can solve the most important problems of logistics and make it more efficient, transparent and flexible. In the article, you will find ten examples of how Maersk, FedEx, UPS and other top logistics companies use blockchain to increase their competitiveness.
In addition, the system allows you to automate almost the entire document flow and digital business processes related to shipping logistics, including such operations as receiving a bill of lading, financial transactions, customs fees and transfer of ownership / responsibility. To do this, TradeLens uses smart contracts and IoT technologies.
At the time of launch, the platform accounted for about 15% of the market, now it is 35%. Among the partners (users) of TradeLens, you can find the 15 largest sea carriers, including Seaboard Marine, KMTC, ZIM, Safmarine, Boluda, Sealand, Namsung and APL.
As part of the pilot project, FedEx intends to understand what data needs to be collected, in what form it should be stored and what should be in the public domain in order to minimize disputes with customers. The blockchain in this project should provide a single "source of truth", which will be trusted by all parties and which can be used in court.
In addition, FedEx plans to use blockchain technology and smart contracts to track and store records for strategic planning and analysis. The company also takes the initiative to create a standardized ledger for manufacturers and transport companies, which the government should oversee.
IBM used the Hyperledger Fabric distribution registry to launch the IBM Food Trust ecosystem, which aims to increase the transparency and traceability of food supply chains by creating end-to-end “stories” of each product. In other words, the network collects and integrates information on the production, transportation and storage of food.
The initiative has been successfully tested on food supplies on the Walmart network. As part of a pilot project, the supply chains of mangoes from Mexico and pork from China were transferred to the IBM Food Trust blockchain. After that, the supply of greens and several other risky goods were also transferred to the blockchain. Further Walmart plans to integrate blockchain into all food chains.
Now the IBM Food Trust is a neutral platform that any manufacturer, supplier, retailer or other market participant can join, who wants to increase consumer confidence in the brand and create a more reasonable, sustainable and transparent food supply chain.
In addition to standard functions, the system can also help with the search for optimal delivery routes, which is carried out automatically. The sender needs to specify the conditions and cost of delivery, after which the system will select the appropriate carriers, the route of delivery and make financial calculations (all this will be done without human intervention). The choice of the “optimal” path occurs by searching for the shortest and cheapest route.
UPS hopes that their system will reduce the cost and time associated with delivering packages, and will also help reduce overall inefficiencies in the industry. Zippy is currently shipping parcels, as well as freight and international shipping to Mexico and Canada. In the future, it is planned to expand the service area.
Simply put, Kuehne + Nagel, like Maersk, have created a single cloud platform for managing supply chains and storing logistics data to simplify the work and interaction of their partners. The company hopes that this solution will reduce the cost, speed up and simplify all processes, as well as reduce the number of inconsistencies, errors and fraud.
In addition, Kuehne + Nagel conducted pilot testing of the blockchain in the processes associated with the issuance of a bill of lading. A bill of lading is an agreement between the sender and the transport company that defines the latter’s responsibility for the safety of the cargo during delivery and establishes the conditions for the transportation and delivery of cargo. In this case, the blockchain is used to store data on the bill of lading and track events related to it: cargo transfer, violation of delivery conditions, financial calculations, etc.
As a result, a “single correct copy of the data” was created on flights, tickets sold, delays, etc., which allowed airports to display accurate data on arrival and departure of ships, which is very important for passengers and transport companies. The results were promising and, like the technology itself, somewhat more complex. In particular, you need to understand who and how will manage the project with so many stakeholders, from airports to states.
In addition, the parent company British Airways has invested in two new blockchain projects:
A feature of this platform is blockchain authentication, on the basis of which a local rating system is built. Travelport requires verification from all service providers and confirmation that each excursion, boat trip or other tourist service has been approved by an individual or legal entity in the local market.
Such an approach together with user reviews should prevent fraud in the market when attackers sell non-existent services or when these services do not meet the declared quality, for example, when the site indicates that this is a 3-star number, but in reality there is not even one star.
At present, the infrastructure of the automotive industry is discrete and does not have common standards (systems) for storing and transmitting information, which makes it almost impossible to trace the production chain from the manufacturer to the final dealer. As a result, the market is full of cars whose technical and legal history does not correspond to reality (mileage, history of owners and maintenance, parts used during repair, etc.).
The Vinturas team intends to fix these problems by creating a platform that will track the “history” of each car. Thanks to this, buyers will always know what product they are buying. In addition, Vinturas provides supply chain management tools that will improve planning, optimize inventory and save costs.
DHL and Accenture sure that their platform:
Using Hurricane Maria as a case study, the DLA and CPI (Continuous Process Improvement) identified various areas where the blockchain could improve relief efforts in Puerto Rico. This example, despite the success of assisting the public, was chosen because the CPI found that during the operation 20,000 trays with bottles of water were wasted.
The new technology could help with data synchronization, optimizing supply chains and tracking idle resources. This initiative to use blockchain technology for emergency response by the US military was proposed by the US Department of Defense in a recent press release.
#1. 1. Maersk: shipping
#2. 2. FedEx: dispute resolution
#3. 3. IBM Food Trust: Product Transportation
#4. 4. UPS: B2B logistics marketplace
#5. 5. Kuehne + Nagel: digital bills of lading
#6. 6. British Airways: flight data management
#7. 7. Travelport: tourist platform
#8. 8. Vinturas: truck tracking
#9. 9. DHL: Drug Tracking
#10. 10: DLA: US Army Logistics