A blockchain-powered platform built by IBM and Maersk and designed to facilitate international trade is to launch in Russia.
According to a June 6 news release from Maersk, the Danish shipping and logistics giant, agreement has been reached with Russian authorities for the TradeLens platform to operate in the country, starting with a pilot project alongside the country’s primary container gateway, the port of St. Petersburg.
TradeLens allows container logistics industry participants to have a shared view of shipping transaction data, with member firms acting as nodes to support the blockchain system. With the move into Russia, Maersk said the project aims to facilitate interactions between shippers and regulatory and administrative entities in the country, “ultimately increasing the speed of cargo clearance and movement of goods across borders.”
At the signing of a memorandum of understanding over the arrangement last week, Yuriy Tsvetkov, Russia’s deputy transport minister and head of Federal Maritime and River transport Agency, said:
“The main result of the implementation of TradeLens, according to our expectations, should be an increase in the transparency of the contracting procedure by distributing information about supply and demand, conditions and operations between many participants of the transport and logistics processes.”
The agreement enables the entry of TradeLens into the Russian market, with the aim of introducing digital documentation flow in what are currently largely paper-based shipping industry processes.
TradeLens will bring “full transparency of cargo moves, while enabling seamless, secure sharing of real-time actionable supply chain information to all involved participants,” said Mike White, CEO and head of TradeLens for Maersk GTD.
While TradeLens had been struggling to pick up major shipping collaborators, partly due to the way the venture was set up to favor the founding firms, changes in the business structure have now seen two major carriers come aboard. The new additions are Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the second largest after Maersk; and CMA-CGM, the fourth largest in terms of cargo carrying capacity.
Maersk said the platform now has more than 100 participants and is processing over “10 million discrete shipping events and thousands of documents each week.”
Walmart China to Track Food Products in Supply Chain Through VeChain’s Blockchain Technology
There are few global corporations which recognized the potential of blockchain technology early on. Walmart is also among them, so no surprise that today it’s ahead of everyone else in the blockchain game. While others are contemplating where and how can they use blockchain to improve things, Walmart has started applying the technology to areas where it matters. The latest example of this came from China, where Walmart is going to utilize the VeChain Thor blockchain technology for tracking food in its supply chain.
An announcement in this regard was done yesterday by VeChain Foundation. The Foundation said in a press release that Walmart China is setting up a new Blockchain Traceability Platform in partnership with VeChain, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), cattle company Inner Mongolia Kerchin and China Chain-Store & Franchise Association (CCFA). The platform has already been announced by Walmart too at a seminar jointly organized with CCFA in Beijing. Walmart China has already released information about 23 product lines it plans to track on the new platform, and in the coming days company also plans to release 100 more. Once released, all these product lines will cover the tracking of more than 10 categories on a blockchain platform for the supply chain of Walmart China. The company said:
“It is expected that the Walmart China’s traceability system will see traceable fresh meat account for 50% of the total sales of packaged fresh meat, traceable vegetables will account for 40% of the total sales of packaged vegetables, traceable seafood will account for 12.5% of the total sales of seafood by the end of 2020.”
The announcement is a big development for VeChain too, which is one of the 197 companies formally authorized as a registered blockchain service provider by China’s cyberspace administration. Here’s what Mr. Kevin Feng, Chief Operating Officer of VeChain, said regarding the partnership with Walmart China:
“As the world-leading enterprise-public blockchain platform, VeChain aims to empower enterprises in the large-scale digitization process by providing safe and mature blockchain deployment solutions and promote the wide application of blockchain technology. We achieve this while putting forward new insights for the development of the businesses’ ecosystems. The launch of the Blockchain Traceability Platform by Walmart China, the world-class retail giant, is of great significance to the commercial application of blockchain technology. VeChain will work with Walmart China to actively take heed of the call of the government, by utilizing technology to promote the traceability of fresh food, and to provide innovative solutions for the traceability platform through digital technology, so as to generate more transparent and reassuring consumption experience.”
Blockchain can serve as a highly useful resource for Indian e-commerce companies and retailers too. Let’s see when they realize its importance!
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Law as an Enabler for Blockchain Adoption in India
Officially endorsed by the Maharashtra Government, Trescon’s 11th edition of World Blockchain Summit assembled India’s key policymakers, government authorities, blockchain experts, enterprises, IT giants and startups to pave the way for India to be the next blockchain epicentre of the world. Vivekdeep Gupta, N.S. Nappinai, Sharat Chandra and Dr. N. Rajendran were some of the top speakers who keynoted the summit.
In a bid to bolster an enterprise-grade blockchain adoption roadmap for businesses and governments in India, the internationally-acclaimed global tech event series World Blockchain Summit, with the support of the Maharashtra Government, gathered over 300 senior professionals from enterprises and government agencies and global blockchain experts to share their deep experience and understanding of how the nation can benefit from the revolutionary technology, at Taj Santacruz, Mumbai on 20 June 2019.
When talking about the regulatory environment of blockchain in India, N.S. Nappinai, Advocate & Cyber Law Expert, Nappinai & Co., Advocates, had quoted in her keynote speech:
“For any innovation, you need to come to a tipping point where it has grown exponentially and organically. However, for it to grow further, one of the differentiators could be law as an enabler.”
Dilip Krishnaswamy, Vice President, Reliance Jio Infocomm; Dr. N Rajendran, CTO of National Payments Corporation of India; Vivekdeep Gupta, Country head, R3; Dr. Paritosh Basu, Senior Professor, The NMIMS University School of Business Management; Sharat Chandra, President of Government Blockchain Association, India Chapter and Jaideep Reddy, Leader, Nishit Desai Associates among others, addressed the summit on key areas such as the ‘legal and regulatory landscape of blockchain in India’, ‘adoption challenges of blockchain for enterprises and its impact on the BFSI Sector and real-world industry use cases of Blockchain that can transform governance and Indian industry verticals.
Among the several exhibitors at the summit, Refine Medium, a blockchain-based media platform had quoted.
“We decided to attend World Blockchain Summit to hear industry leaders share their views about the blockchain space. There is a significant advantage that can be gained from using platforms such as World Blockchain Summit for outreach. The summit has enabled us to get access to our immediate market which are active people in the blockchain space.”
The summit also partnered with top regional and international investors that included Artha Venture Fund, Chance River (USA), Anthill Ventures, Unicorn India Ventures, Kalaari Capital and Nexus Venture Partners, to name a few.
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