If you clicked on this post, I hope it means that you are as excited about the incredible opportunities that blockchain tech provides. I definitely am! I am a professional Chef by trade and have been kicking around some ideas that relate to logistics and supply chain management. Two companies that I have been researching are modum.io and shipchain.io. Please take some time and check out their websites to get an idea of where I am coming from.
What I have in mind is likely closer to what the modum team is working on. I have been in contact with Emurgo to pitch the ideas and believe that if we can put together a solid team that we can acquire some seed funding and development resources from the Emurgo/Cardano/IOHK teams.
I have copied and pasted my email to Emurgo below to provide a quick overview of the idea and welcome your input and would love to start building the team here from fellow Cardano enthusiasts!
I appreciate your interest and I am happy to expand on my thoughts. This morning I was researching and found ShipChain and read their whitepaper. It is amazing to me how much work has already been accomplished in advancing the possible applications of blockchain as well as the enormous amount of challenges left to conquer. I must admit that while I was a bit disheartened by the realization that someone had launched a blockchain platform relating to the ideas that I was having, I am also well aware that I am the novice here and that logistics have been a concern of mankind since the beginning of our collective existence, also quite eloquently stated in the ShipChain whitepaper!
My original thinking on the logistics in foodservice began with reading somewhere that “smart refrigerators” were being developed. I have seen some residential units from Samsung and some others but they don’t really have any way to interact with the contents of the unit as of yet. Inexpensive passive RFID tags can be integrated into product containers to provide the link to data that would help to speed mainstream adoption. Manufacturers have been slow to adopt this technology because they do not see the financial benefits. As far as I can tell, the main issue to date is the lack of a system to link pertinent information in an efficient manner and disseminate that information to related parties. Manufactures and distributors aren’t going to adopt new technology unless there is a clear advantage over their current systems. Enter Blockchain.
On a commercial scale, I speak from the end-user point of view (can also easily be seen as the consumer’s same issues). Monthy inventories and placing orders to replenish food stocks can be very time consuming and inaccurate. Having a “smart inventory” that can be easily referred to would provide enormous savings. Small units that resemble those already implemented in smart home applications can be deployed as a waypoint to collect the data on available inventories and pass that information along to the DApps providing real-time inventories. I believe that an approach that places emphasis on end-user development, as well as the supply chain, can lead to rapid adoption by the mainstream world by fostering demand across the industry.
I believe there are several key points of development for successful implementation. DApps and a robust sidechain platform that can be scalable to the partner’s needs, as well as being easily understandable for everyday users. Development of Bluetooth devices that perform the waypoint function. Seeking out partnerships with businesses that have name recognition and may already utilize RFID tracking or have the desire to adopt the technology. And a plan to drive awareness to the end user and retail customer that creates demand.
Once again, I appreciate you taking the time to reach out to me and I hope to continue this discussion!