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A supply chain is a system or network of people, activities, information, resources, organization that work together in supplying or distributing a product or service to consumers. The process of a supply chain is quite complex. Blockchain could be leveraged for reducing trust costs and streamline and optimize the whole process.

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IOTA On How Distributed Ledger Technology Will Transform Supply Chain
Distributed ledger technology could potentially revolutionize the supply chain industry by providing several upgrades, according to industry experts.

Mastercard and GrainChain Bring Blockchain Provenance to Commodity Supply Chain in Americas
Mastercard has announced a partnership with GrainChain, a blockchain-based supply chain management firm to enhance the commodity supply chain in the Americas

Brexit issues on Supply Chain tacked using blockchain
Since the 1980s, Global Trade has multiplied by a factor of 3.5 but the Global Supply Chain has not kept pace. In fact, the World Trade Bank estimates that inefficiencies in Global Supply Chain are costing as much as USD 2 trillion of the overall USD 16 trillion market.

Coca-Cola Leverages Enterprise Ethereum Blockchain to Optimize Supply Chain
Coke One North America (CONA), partner of Coca Cola’s largest US-based bottling company has announced it will use the enterprise Ethereum blockchain platform the Baseline Protocol—to enhance transparency and minimize friction in its supply chain transactions.

Coca-Cola Bottlers Acquires SAP’s Blockchain Technology to Streamline Soda Supply Chain Processes
The current breaking news indicates that Coca-Cola bottlers now is rolling out SAP’s blockchain to make its supply chain more efficient and transparent.

The World Economic Forum Highlighted Blockchain and Digitization to Address COVID-19 Supply Chain Disruption
The World Economic Forum (WEF) published a report on the importance of blockchain in supply chain disruption amid the coronavirus pandemic. Although the report suggested that blockchain may not be able to support the damage caused by the impact of COVID-19 directly, it may help with supply chain visibility.

VeChain and Alipay Join China-Australia Blockchain Supply Chain Project for Sustainable Shipping
A joint Australian-Chinese supply chain and trade finance project got a major boost last week as AliPay, Mastercard, and crypto firm VeChain joined the initiate.

World Economic Forum Blockchain Lead Explains: To What Extent Can Blockchain Solve Supply Chain Issues?
Blockchain.News exclusively interviewed the World Economic Forum’s blockchain project lead, Nadia Hewett, to get to know more about the Forum’s current blockchain development in the supply chain, and the organization’s future roadmap. The World Economic Forum (WEF) recently published a new blockchain deployment toolkit aimed to help governments, major institutions, and companies of any size to be able to maximize the benefits of integrating blockchain technology in the supply chain sector. The Forum also highlighted the importance of blockchain for addressing the disruption of supply chain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mercedes Partners with Blockchain Company to Track Carbon Emission in Cobalt Supply Chain
A collaboration between the major car manufacturers, Mercedes Benz and Circular, a Blockchain Startup to carry out a combined program which would be for the purpose of tracing the emissions of carbon in the cobalt supply chain.

IBM, Cisco and EY: The 3 Blockchain Leaders in Supply Chain in 2020
Supply chains are vital networks between a company, its vendors and suppliers to produce and distribute specific products to the consumer. This network usually includes many actors doing different activities—people, entities, information, and resources.

WEF Launches Blockchain Proof of Concept to Track Supply Chain Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The World Economic Forum’s Mining and Metals Blockchain Initiative has launched a unique proof of concept to track greenhouse gas emissions across the value chain.

Indian Government Deploys Blockchain and AI to Enhance Supply Chain
The Indian government has deployed high-end technologies like blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) in its public procurement portal (GeM) to enhance trade.

BaaS to Boost Blockchain Adoption in the Healthcare Market, Study Shows
The enhanced adoption of blockchain as a service (BaaS) is anticipated to boost the blockchain in the healthcare market, according to a report by Research and Markets.

Blockchain Startup Agriledger Launches Ecosystem of Transparency and Opportunity For Haitian Farmers
UK Tech Startup, Agriledger has launched a blockchain ecosystem for Haitian farmers to add transparency to the supply chain and create fairer product pricing for suppliers and retailers.

World Economic Forum Warns Leaders to Brace for Long-Lasting Global Recession as Cybercrimes Surge
The World Economic Forum (WEF) suggested that leaders around the world need to do more to ensure a quicker and more sustainable recovery for the global economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Amongst the 350 top risk professionals in the world surveyed, these risk managers expect a prolonged global recession, as a number of areas of concern were identified in the report compiled by the Forum’s Global Risks Advisory Board, Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc, and Zurich Insurance Group.

US FDA Calls Meeting on Blockchain, AI and the New Era of Smarter Food Safety
The FDA will hold a meeting on October 21st, with the aim of gathering input and feedback to help shape an FDA blueprint for the initiative. The FDA will propose leveraging modern technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, and IoT to improve the transparency and decrease the risks of contamination in the food supply chain.

KPMG Unveils Blockchain-Based Climate Accounting Tool To Help Drive Environmental Sustainability
KPMG has unveiled a blockchain capability dubbed Climate Accounting Infrastructure (CAI) to help firms measure, report, and offset their greenhouse gas emission.

KFC Opts for Blockchain-Based Media Buying and Digital Advertisements for its Middle East Customers
KFC, a leading American fast food chain, seeks to change the face of the quick-service restaurant (QSR) sector by establishing a blockchain platform in the Middle East for more transparent and efficient media buying and digital advertisements.

What are the Roles of Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services in BMW Group's Blockchain Pilot?
BMW Group, a famous global premium manufacturer of motorcycles and automobiles, seeks to expand its pilot blockchain project, dubbed PartChain, to its international supply chains that are enshrined in complexity. Blockchain technology will be instrumental in propelling the traceability and transparency of crucial raw materials and parts as it will ease data sharing.

From Zero Mentions to a Dedicated Section in CINIC Report: How Fast is Blockchain Growing in the Chinese Internet Industry
The China Internet Network Information Centre (CINIC) recently published “The 45th China Statistical Report on Internet Development”. Compared to the previous issue, it is worth noting that the CINIC covered blockchain development as a dedicated section in the latest report. The report highlighted the rapid blockchain development of China in three aspects: regulation, technical development and applications.

Supply Chain IoT Needs Blockchain For Full Functionality
Milind Balaji – senior supply chain manager at Georgia-Pacific LLC identified that supply chain professionals are currently facing tremendous difficulties when it comes to tracking and tracing supply chains, which are increasingly more complex and marred with global opaque setup. Even with IoT devices, tracking and traceability of goods are not easy. Milind Balaji gives a hint of the role of blockchain as fundamental in enabling greater functionality of IoT in the supply chain.

EY Ops Chain: Bringing Transparency and Accountability to Public Finance Management
Blockchain.News sat down with Jimmy Ong, EY Asia-Pacific Blockchain Leader to take a deep dive in EY Ops Chain and EY Blockchain Analyzer. In particular, we explore how EY Ops Chain facilitates a more transparent public finance tracking. Ong also shared an interesting use case when EY Ops Chain enables the tracking of blood in Canada.

PwC Singapore's Venture Hub, on the Investment Sentiment of Blockchain Startups
We arranged an interview with Lim Shu Ning, Director in PwC Singapore’s Venture Hub specializing in Blockchain during the SFF, which Shu Ning shares with us the investment sentiment of Singaporean blockchain startups and the state of enterprise blockchain adoption in Singapore.

Exclusive: Liberal Society Comes with Friendly Crypto Regulations
As a veteran lawyer in technology, Nathan Kaiser of Cardano Foundation shares his insights in identifying countries with friendly crypto jurisdictions. He also examined how different jurisdictions affect both on-chain and off-chain governance.

IBM Blockchain in Action: What are the Benefits?
In first and second parts of our interview with Alan Lim, the Program Director of IBM Blockchain Lab in the Asia Pacific, we explored the idea of data standards to improve the supply chain industry, as well as the IBM Food Trust, a food provenance network that allows food products to be traced and tracked. Digging deeper into IBM Blockchain, what else has the company been working on?

How Can IBM’s Blockchain Network Support $2 Trillion in Product Logistics by 2023?
IBM Blockchain has been around for several years, delivering on blockchain projects for enterprises in areas such as trade finance, securities, payments and supply chain traceability, as well as establishing new platforms for businesses and improving efficiencies in existing industries. Alan Lim, one of the initial members of the IBM Worldwide Blockchain team, heads IBM Blockchain Labs in the Asia Pacific. Lim kicked off his journey in blockchain as he was curious about how blockchain was being used in solving some real-world challenges.

VeChain and Bayer China Team up for Blockchain-based Healthcare Project, Here’s What it Means for China
Pharmaceutical giant Bayer is now working with Chinese crypto project VeChain on a blockchain-based medical traceability and supply chain program.

How Can Blockchain in IoT Market Grow 180 times by 2026?
Internet of Things (IoT) is now influencing our day-to-day lives. Today, blockchain has emerged as the probable solution for creating more secure IoT systems. With delegation in place, computation and storage needs can be spread across millions of IoT devices. Thus, the use of blockchain in IoT is benefiting the IoT devices to proficiently scale up. Also, assimilating the blockchain in IoT devices can cut the costs of managing and installing servers for an IoT network.

Estee Lauder Uses Blockchain Technology to Further Beauty Solutions
Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) has established a blockchain platform to meet sourcing standards for its Madagascan vanilla.

British University Reveals Blockchain-Enabled Digital Certificate to Water Down COVID-19 Dangers Across Supply Chains
Birmingham City University (BCU) in the United Kingdom is testing the waters with a blockchain-based digital safety certificate to safeguard consumers and suppliers from risks triggered by coronavirus (COVID-19). The digital certificate dubbed the Coronavirus Clearance Certificate (CCC), will be instrumental in reassuring stakeholders across supply chains that goods offered are risk-free.

World Economic Forum Views Blockchain as the Vaccine for Future Interferences in the Seafood Sector
The World Economic Forum (WEF) touts blockchain technology as the vaccine and game-changer needed to ensure things run smoothly in the global seafood supply chain irrespective of future disruptions. This is based on the fact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has laid the bare knuckles of the inefficiencies and challenges faced by the seafood industry.

How Can Blockchain Be Used to Save $31 Billion in Costs in the Food Industry?
Blockchain, along with the internet of things (IoT) trackers and sensors, could reduce costs for retailers. New data from Juniper research showed that blockchain will be essential to $31 billion in “food fraud savings” by 2024 by tracking food across the supply chain.

World Economic Forum Launches New Blockchain Toolkit for Supply Chains to Support the World Through Post-COVID Economic Recovery
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has just released its Blockchain Deployment Toolkit, aiming to enable companies of any size to be able to maximize the benefits of integrating blockchain technology in the supply chain sector. The toolkit allows companies to be able to get a better idea of how to handle deploying blockchain technology in regards to supply chain uses.

How Small Businesses can use Blockchain?
Here are some of the best ways small businesses can use blockchain without burning a hole in their pocket.

Consol Freight CEO talks crypto, fiat investments and protestors at Malta AI and Blockchain Summit
Ernesto Vila, CEO of Consol Freight, presented at the November 2019 Malta AI and Blockchain Summit where he was tasked with commenting on the statup investor landscape and questioned if the blockchain sector was different from traditional tech.

What is VeChain?
VeChain was founded in Shanghai in 2015 by the former CIO of Luis Vuitton China, Sunny Lu, as a blockchain to improve business processes and supply chain management.

China and EU Trade Talks Included the Potential Cooperation of Central Bank Digital Currencies
The European Union and China recently had trade and economic discussions regarding topics including central bank digital currencies (CBDC) and supply chain.

Singapore to Pump $8.9 Million Into National Blockchain Ecosystem
The Singaporean government has deployed a US$ 8.9 million national blockchain initiative dubbed the Singapore Blockchain Innovation Program (SBIP).

Chinese E-Commerce Giant Launches Enterprise-Level Blockchain-Based Smart Contracts
Chinese e-commerce giant, also known as Jingdong, has successfully launched two enterprise-level applications, including blockchain-based smart contracts, and the protection of commercially confidential information. These two applications were launched on JD’s independently-developed proprietary blockchain, JD Chain. The JD Chain blockchain framework was made open sourced around a year ago, five months after the company launched the JD Blockchain Open Platform enabling companies to use JD’s platform using pre-built APIs. The blockchain protocol has been opened up to allow enterprises to built custom solutions.

Could IBM’s Blockchain Platform be the Solution to Disrupted Healthcare Supply Chains Caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic?
IBM’s Rapid Supplier Connect leverages the existing IBM’s blockchain platform, Trust Your Supplier, which is a blockchain-based trusted digital identity and supplier information that simplifies the supplier onboarding and supplier management processes while reducing risks. IBM is allowing qualifying suppliers to use Rapid Supplier Connect free of charge until August 31. New York’s largest nonprofit healthcare group, Northwell Health recently joined IBM’s Rapid Supplier Connect Network, a blockchain project that aims to tackle the disrupted healthcare supply chains caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Coffee Company to Use IBM Blockchain to Connect Farmers And Consumers
The J.M. Smucker Company, known as Smucker’s, has announced that blockchain technology will be implemented in their system to trace Colombian coffee beans directly back to their source, all the while enabling consumers to support coffee farmers through the platform.

Carrefour Shoppers in the UAE to Get Farm-to-Shelf Information with Blockchain Technology
Carrefour customers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be able to track the origins of the products with blockchain technology.

Morpheus.Network Integrates with Polygon to Simplify Supply Chain Activities
Supply chain SaaS platform Morpheus.Network Y integrates with Polygon, a decentralised Ethereum scaling network to simplify supply chain operations.

IBM, KPMG, Walmart, Merck Reveal Results of FDA Blockchain Drug Tracing Pilot
IBM, KPMG, Walmart, and Merck’s blockchain pilot in drug-tracing has successfully exceeded the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) benchmarks. The pilot program aimed to encourage new technologies to be used in the pharmaceutical supply chain. Blockchain was used as a shared record movement of pharmaceutical drugs through the supply chain, which resulted in improved efficiency. Recalls were proven to be done in just seconds, rather than in days, as blockchain offers traceability.

Dubai’s Free Zone to Bridge the UAE-India Agriculture Trade Gap with Blockchain
Dubai Multi Commodities Centre has established a blockchain agriculture trading and sourcing platform to link India's rural farmers with the UAE food sector.

OPEC Workshop Will Focus on Blockchain Integration with Oil Supply Chains
The OPEC Member Countries have revealed that its forthcoming videoconference workshop will feature blockchain integration with supply chains.

Amazon and Tech Mahindra to Create Blockchain-Based PPE Supply Chain Solutions
Indian based technology company Tech Mahindra announced today that it has partnered with U.S based e-commerce giant Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deploy blockchain solutions using Amazon’s managed blockchain.

Volvo Cars Invests in London-based Blockchain Firm to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Footprint
Volvo Cars, a leading Swedish car manufacturer, has invested in Circulor, a London-based blockchain company majoring in industrial supply chains. It sealed the deal through its venture capital investment arm called the Volvo Cars Tech Fund.

Coffee Giant Starbucks Leverages Blockchain to Track Coffee From Bean to Store
Starbucks intends to leverage blockchain traceability on its coffee supply chain.

UPS and HerdX Deliver Blockchain Verified Beef
With the successful shipment and verification of beef products within Texas, HerdX and UPS are setting a pace in the use of blockchain for global supply chain

Mitsubishi to Digitize Metal Resource Trade on Blockchain Platform
Mitsubishi Corporation has launched a blockchain platform to streamline and digitize metal trading via its metals and minerals subsidiary.

Australia's National Blockchain Steering Committee Mobilizes Domestic Developer Community
The Australian National Blockchain Roadmap Steering Committee is seeking expressions of interest from its domestic blockchain community to create working groups on supply chain and credentialing.