Blockchain in Logistics: Efficiency, Transparency, and Beyond

Logistics is the process of moving or transporting goods from one place to the destination place. It guarantees the goods can be reached with minimal time, cost and waste. Blockchain in logistics irons out the inefficiency. Efficiency needs to be a priority for brokers, shippers, and other parties. In addition to the slow end-to-end transport, the process’s documentation requirements add inefficiencies. Blockchain can process all the transactions as well as verify and improve the process. It can record transactions, create a transparent system, and monitor all assets.

Applications for Blockchain in Logistics

Here are some uses of Blockchain implementation in the Logistics industry.

Better Freight Tracking

With blockchain, tracking freight is easier. The demand for quick deliveries is overwhelming these days and it becomes a greater burden for companies. Trucks or other transports are crucial for the supply chain. To ensure that forecasts can be better incorporated into logistics planning, blockchain offers regular collaborators, like (trucking companies, carriers, and 3PLs), a secure and transparent platform for sharing the most recent information on current and upcoming order volumes. Blockchain provides solutions for industry problems that haven’t been solved for decades.

Inventory Tracking

Inventory tracking is one of the main concerns of companies. More money is spent to manage the inventory as it is complex to monitor. IBM’s blockchain system can track food items and provide a report of the product condition throughout the transaction process. Blockchain can trace the origin of pharmaceuticals, transport of drugs, and procurement of raw materials.

Improved Shipping Efficiency

Blockchain can help the freight and shipping industry to improve its delivery processes. Tracking goods can boost productivity and the supply chain by enabling fast and cost-effective delivery. The traceability of goods enhances the communication between entities and simplifies monetary resources. Blockchain technology removes the need for intermediaries so no extra costs to be paid.

Immutable & Secure Information

We can track product movements throughout the supply chain. Once the product is successfully delivered or exchanged, the data will be entered into the blockchain. These data are impossible to tamper or alter and remain immutable. That is blockchain will lock the block information with a unique hash identifier. This information is accessible or viewable to anyone in the network. Blockchain provides end-user transparency so the companies can share their transportation information of the user goods to gain trust.

Accelerate Payments Process

All the communication of the delivery process is recorded and maintained by blockchain. Blockchain eases the tracking of any movements or actions. As it has more security options, the payment process is more secure and faster. No one can forge the information about the payment as it’s difficult to edit in the blockchain. The smart contracts automatically issue the payments once a certain condition is met by the buyer. This makes the payment and invoice process faster and more exact.