By Pete Harris, Co-Founder and Research Principal
It’s been a busy year for blockchain in supply chain. In this latest Chain Business Insights’ Blockchain/Supply Chain Management Vendor Focus we highlight some end-of-year initiatives that we’ll likely hear more of in 2019 as they roll out.Our next Vendor Focus will be in March, when we’ll begin a regular end-of-quarter schedule.
This time, we’re covering the latest from IBM/Walmart, Oracle, ScanTrust, FR8 Network, Samsung, TE-FOOD, TradeLens and Voltron. So let’s get stuck in.
IBM Gets Boost from FDA and Walmart; Picks Up Carrefour
IBM’s Food Trust system, which is currently focused on track/trace and recall capabilities, got a major boost in the past couple of months from a U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) memo, and a related directive from retail giant Walmart.
Reacting to recent (and deadly) E. coli outbreaks, the FDA’s November 1 memo encouraged leafy greens industry participants to “adopt traceability best practices and state-of-the-art technology to assure quick and easy access to key data elements from farm to fork when leafy greens are involved in a potential recall or outbreak.”