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Software Giant Oracle Rolls Out Blockchain Supply Chain Apps Using Hyperledger

One of the world’s biggest software companies, Oracle has released four new blockchain supply chain apps based on Hyperledger Fabric technology, designed to reduce the barriers for businesses to adopt blockchain technology. Integrating nascent technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) with blockchain, Oracle aims to provide increased transparency and improved traceability to supply chain management systems. The new business-ready product entitled ‘Oracle Blockchain Applications Cloud’ provides a suite of applications (apps) that intend to make it easy for businesses to integrate blockchain supply chain systems.  Oracle’s Senior…

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Auto Giant UMVA China Partners with Guardtime’s Aletheia for a Blockchain Automotive Supply Chain

China’s largest auto industrial supply service platform, UMVA-China has partnered with Aletheia, the Chinese arm of Guardtime, to develop enterprise level blockchain automotive supply chain solutions. Many of the world’s largest manufacturers including Ford, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Toyota and Chevy are clients of UMVA-China, for which it provides a comprehensive service that includes supply chain finance, cloud logistics, big data and supply chain intelligence. UMVA-China is a joint venture of Gongqing Journey Fund, Fuerda, Huaxiang Electronics, Daylight Group and other leading auto parts companies, and plays a major role in connecting the automobile industry…

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Electronics Giant looking into a Samsung Blockchain Supply Chain System

Samsung, the world’s largest producer of smartphones looks to manage its global supply network using blockchain. 2018 would include 488,000 tons of air cargo and one million shipping containers, with aim of cutting costs by up to 20 percent. VP and Blockchain Chief, Song Kwang-Woo said: “Blockchain is a core platform to fuel our digital transformation.” Aiming to be a forerunner in the blockchain technology market, Samsung have already released other blockchain products, including Nexledger for transactions and ‘tagtok’ turning physical objects into blockchain nodes with blockchain IoT specialists Riddle&Code.

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Unilever and IBM Pilot Blockchain Digital Ad Supply Chain

IBM partners with Unilever to create a blockchain digital ad supply chain, providing transparency for marketers. Already piloting the platform with Salon Media Group, Unilever is using part of its US ad spend to make ‘buys’ on a single shared ledger, tracking their ads. With an annual marketing budget of $9.8 billion, Unilever aim to eradicate fraud and misuse, which equates to a loss of 20 percent of total digital ad spend.

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AT&T Launches Enterprise Blockchain Solutions With IBM and Microsoft Azure

The world’s largest telecommunications firm, AT&T launches enterprise blockchain solutions in collaboration with technology from IBM Blockchain and Microsoft Azure. According to the announcement on Wednesday, AT&T is offering a suite of blockchain services that have been designed to help businesses automate and digitise processes using blockchain technology. The AT&T news release states that it will be merging the nascent technology with its “edge-to-edge capabilities” such as its Internet of Things (IoT) services to add automation and monitoring, enabling advanced permission-based blockchain supply chain capabilities. Targeting clients within the manufacturing, retail and healthcare industries, the U.S. based…

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Worlds Largest Retailer Walmart Tells Suppliers to Use IBM Blockchain Food Trust

The world’s largest retailer, both by revenue and by employee count, Walmart tells suppliers to use IBM Blockchain Food Trust platform, beginning with its leafy green producers in the U.S. Announced in a press release on Monday, the mandate which also includes Walmart’s retail warehouse Sam’s Club, requires all relevant suppliers to be fully integrated a year from now, making it one of the biggest commercial uses of blockchain technology. Utilising IBM’s distributed ledger technology that is permission-based, the company aims to expedite the traceability of contaminated foods, Matt Smith…

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UK’s Biggest Port Operator Exploring Blockchain Shipping Solutions Across 21 Ports

UK’s biggest port operator, Associated British Ports begins exploring blockchain shipping solutions across its 21 UK ports, in partnership with logistics software service provider Marine Transport International (MTI). ABP, which carries out 25 percent of the cargo shipments in Great Britain, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MTI to pilot shipments using blockchain technology.  Commercial Director at ABP, Jens Skibsted Nielsen stated: “We handle almost 100 million tons of cargo across all sectors every year, so we are a significant gateway for our customers’ supply chains,” According to a report by the…

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Technology Giants Intel and SAP Team Up to Develop Enterprise Blockchain Solutions

World famous chip maker, Intel and SAP have joined forces to develop enterprise blockchain solutions to address “gaps in the market”, and potentially become a direct competitor to the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger and R3’s Corda. According to a post on Intel’s website, the technology giant has teamed up with SAP, the German-based multinational software corporation, to find solutions that power enterprise blockchain systems for easier integration and adoption.  Tim Allen, a strategic relationship manager at Intel wrote: “SAP and Intel’s co-development efforts are geared toward creating superior blockchain technologies and integrating them with new and…

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‘Big Four’ PwC is launching a Blockchain Course for 1000 Staff to Meet Clients Needs

One of the worlds ‘Big four‘ professional services firms, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is launching digital training programs for its employees, within which PwC is launching a blockchain course to boost knowledge and meet its clients needs. Set to begin in January, the two-year digital skills course, entitled “Digital Accelerators”, will train 1,000 employees on everything from cleansing data and drones, to blockchain technology and 3D printing. Digital talent leader at PwC and head of the program, Sarah McEneaney explained that PwC clients expect things more digitally in order to control their costs,…

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Softbank and Baidu Invest in Ex Google Employees Blockchain Advertising Protocol

Major investors, SoftBank China Venture Capital (SBCVC) and Baidu Ventures (BV) have led a seed round for Atlas Protocol (ATP), a startup company founded by ex Google employees, that aims to create a new blockchain advertising protocol. ATP, incubated by Nebulas Labs and the xGoogler Blockchain Alliance (xGBA), is using blockchain technology to change the dynamics of the digital marketing industry, with a new ‘interactive’ advertising ecosystem. Currently, online marketing companies do not provide users with any control over their collected data, and with Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), it has become…

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Comcast Blockchain Advertising Platform Developing with Disney, Channel 4 and TF1

The second-largest multichannel video service provider in the US, Comcast is developing a blockchain video advertising platform in collaboration with major TV networks from around the world, including NBCUniversal, Disney, Altice USA, Channel 4, Cox Communications, Mediaset Italia and TF1 Group. Entitled the ‘Blockchain Insights Platform’, it aims to streamline and improve security using blockchain technology in the process of data sharing for ad’ planning, buying and tracking premium video advertising. Set to launch this year, Comcast believe that it will “ultimately create even more value for the television advertising industry”.

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Accenture Partners with Thales to Launch Blockchain for the Aerospace Industry

Consulting giant, Accenture has partnered with a major global defence firm, Thales, to launch a blockchain that aims to secure and streamline aerospace and defence (A&D) supply chains. Accenture report that “86% of A&D companies expect to integrate blockchain technology into their corporate systems by 2021”. As prime contractor for advanced air and missile defence capabilities to NATO forces, Thales’ launching this blockchain for the aerospace industry, marks a potential “game changing innovation for this sector”.

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Deutsche Bank, Allianz and Auto1 to Launch Blockchain Car Financing Platform

Europe’s largest car buyer, Auto1 has partnered with Deutsche Bank and Allianz to create a blockchain car financing platform entitled ‘Auto1 Fintech’. As a major supplier to the commercial used vehicle market, Auto1 works with 45,000 dealers across 30 countries, generating a turnover of 1.5 billion euros per year. Collectively owning more than fifty percent, the three German companies aim to streamline the financing and insurance process, from two weeks to a few seconds utilising blockchain technology.

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The Worlds ‘Big Four’ Accountancy Firms Join to Trial Blockchain Financial Reporting

The world’s largest accountancy firms, Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC join a consortium of 20 major banks trialling a revolutionary blockchain financial reporting service. Developed by the Taiwanese banking consortium, with the cooperation of Taiwan’s FISC, the platform aims to streamline ‘external confirmation’ processes for auditing companies, from “half a month” to “within a day”. The ‘big four’ will begin with the pilot in Taiwan, with expansion of the trial set for next year to include over 1,400 publicly-listed companies in China.

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Walmart is Looking to Revolutionise Package Deliveries with Blockchain Technology

On Thursday, a proprietary U.S. patent was released for the world’s largest discount retailer, Walmart. Its ‘Smart Delivery’ patent, aims to give package delivery lockers an immutable node within a blockchain network. Together with a patent for its ‘Smart Package’, a blockchain-based tool that will integrate autonomous vehicles and unmanned drones, Walmart is gearing up to dramatically revolutionise package deliveries, with blockchain bringing the final missing piece of technology to its plan.

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IBM Signs $1 Billion Deal to Develop Blockchain for the Government of Australia

IBM has signed a five year contract to the value of AUD $1 billion (US $740 million), to develop blockchain for the Australian government over the next 5 years. The deal will see blockchain technology utilised to improve data security within federal departments and across different realms of the state’s jurisdiction, including taxation and border control. It is the largest technology contract ever to be negotiated by the government, and is set to save it over $100 million dollars.

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UK Government Food Agency Trials Food Chain Blockchain, Beginning with Beef

In a major development, the UK’s Government Food Standard Agency successfully completes a food chain blockchain pilot for beef, marking the first time that the technology has been used as a regulatory tool to ensure compliance in the UK food sector. The world’s meat consumption is at an all time high, and with recent food fraud incidents such as the 2013 horse meat scandal, the UK is primed for the streamlined management and immutable security that blockchain can offer the farming industry.

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World Economic Forum Awards Blockchain Startup Everledger as Technology Pioneer 2018

World Economic Forum awards blockchain provenance platform ‘Everledger’ as Technology Pioneer for 2018. Everledger is best known for tracking diamonds, and currently has over 2 million diamonds cryptographically-certified on the blockchain. By employing its solution to track the provenance of high-value assets and luxury goods, it aims to provide an immutable history of an asset’s authenticity, existence and ownership. Working with insurance and governing bodies, it aims to disrupt fraud, money laundering and the global counterfeit goods market, valued at over US $460 billion a year.

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InBev, the World’s Largest Brewer Puts Budweiser on the Blockchain to Track Ad Data

The world’s largest brewer, AB InBev partners with Kiip to launch the world’s first blockchain powered mobile ad campaigns. Using Ethereum, Kiip’s ‘Single Ledger’ mobile marketing product will enable all players in the mobile ad sales chain to view and audit campaign data directly, bringing an end to fraudulent reporting by third parties and ad servers. Beginning with Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra and Estrella, InBev says it is “disrupting existing paradigms through innovation and putting consumers at the heart of everything.”

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Crypto Miners ‘Argo’ to be First Blockchain Company Listed on London Stock Exchange

Crypto mining as a service company (MaaS) Argo, is set to be the first blockchain company listed on London Stock Exchange this week. UK-Canadian company Argo Blockchain have built a data centre that runs off cheap, green hydro-power and will sustain mining at scale. With a team of just 20 people and a prolific angel investor, Gil Penchina involved, the company has stated that it expects to be valued at around £40 million, with the aim of raising £20 million in the listing.