Tag Archives: innovation

Quote

Has Blockchain Reached its RFID Moment?

 

Walmart lettuce bag

A good summary by Alexis Bateman and Chris Cottrill of MIT comparing Walmart’s intro of blockchain for leafy greens to their introduction of RFID. As before, they are compelling suppliers to participate.  That gets it done, but does not ensure that there will be a fair division of the benefit.  And of course, it is not clear that there will be benefit.  The technology is still too new.

I’m troubled by the fact that a permanent log of readings from handheld devices may not allow device errors to be corrected.  Some suppliers may be unfairly implicated if reading errors occur. However, if the application only tracks possession and not the presence of disease bacteria, that may not be much of a problem. I suspect that mixing lots from several farmers in a single bag may be a bigger and more contentious legal dilemma.

And it’s not a solution for the little guys. Only a behemoth like Walmart could impose such a requirement.  About as far from the original blockchain concept of decentralization as one can get.

Nonetheless, I’m sure we will learn a lot from the experiment.

scamit-logo1014595085392579205.png

via Has Blockchain Reached its RFID Moment?

Bigger ships, bigger ports an opening for 3PLs

This story indicates that 3PLs will provide the supply chain wisdom the ocean carriers and port operators  refuse to take on.  Look for more and more profitable intermediaries, rather than fewer, in ocean supply chains. They are not likely to be supplanted by blockchain systems.

By Gavin van Marle in Singapore 25/04/2018

logo  via Bigger ships and bigger ports an opening for 3PLs to revolutionise supply chains – The Loadstar

First emission-free barges on Europe’s waterways

What’s interesting about this article to me is the concept of using a container to house the battery. That way it can be removed/replaced if there is a problem, cutting down time to just long enough to lift the old battery off and put the new one in!  The US doesn’t have the same type of shorter haul river waterways that are so common in Europe, but there are scenarios where similar ships would be useful, such as Oakland to Stockton, reducing road traffic and the resultant pollution without producing more.

logo2

via Port-Liner launches first emission-free barges on Europe’s waterways – The Loadstar