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!