The logistics and shipping industry is progressively depending on the advancement of technology to cut costs, increase transparency, and improve processes throughout many aspects. Through the use of smart contracts, blockchain technology may serve as a problem-solver for many of the issues within the trade.
What is a Blockchain Smart Contract?
One of the most recent developments for blockchain is the use of a smart contract. The only difference these contracts hold from normal ones we see every day is that they’re digital. The arrangements are stored on the blockchain and can be used to exchange coins based on specific conditions. Essentially, a smart contract cuts out the middleman, a third-party company.
Smart contracts are immutable. That means that once the contract is created, the code cannot be tampered with and no one can ever make changes to it again. Because it is distributed to everyone involved, a consensus must be formed before any funds are dispersed. No single person can force the funds to be given to them exclusively. Ethereum is a version of blockchain that was explicitly designed to support smart contracts.
How Does This Technology Help in Logistics?
Logistics companies can use smart contracts from anywhere all over the world without any miscommunications. Companies will have the ability to program the purchasing process, therefore, reducing costs and saving time. Businesses will also be able to improve the transaction flow and secure the supply chain.
They secure the supply chain by tagging each product. Information like the origin, the place of storage, authenticity, property certificates, and records will all be stored on one primary ledger. The main benefits include creating a more transparent supply chain that is easily accessible and lessening the amount of cargo theft that can occur. Businesses around the world are researching ways to integrate and apply this technology within their company.
A1 Worldwide Logistics
The ultimate success rate of blockchain is still being tested by large corporations like Walmart, Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA), and UPS. As more and more companies adopt this form of currency, the logistics, and supply chain industry should be looking forward to the exciting advancements to come. A1 Worldwide Logistics is ready to gear our company toward a technologically forward-thinking future continually.