Walmart To Use Blockchain For Leafy Greens Delivery
The representatives of Walmart, an American multinational retailing company, are going to apply blockchain technology in the supply of leafy greens to the chain store system in the coming year, according to the company's press release.
Blockchain will be deployed with the assistance of IBM by September 2019. The personnel of Walmart have already notified their suppliers in an open letter that they will work with distributed ledger powered by IBM Food Trust to track two-phased product delivery to stores.
Presently, there are no such methods that can allow one to talk with 100% confidence about the exact source of leafy greens cultivation. The management of Walmart arrived at this decision following an outbreak of an intestinal disease caused by the Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacterium, which was recorded earlier this year in Arizona.
Specialists at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) warned customers to refrain from buying salad leaves grown near Yuma, Arizona. However, according to Frank Yiannas, Walmart VP of Food Safety, it is difficult for a customer to verify the source place where lettuce was grown because the packages don’t contain relevant information if salad was delivered from Yuma. With the help of blockchain, any buyer can scan salad packages and find out where they came from.
At the first stage of the blockchain development by the end of January, the retail company will require suppliers who will assist in creating a system for tracking of items delivery to consumers, and the blockchain will reportedly be fully applied in a year.
As previously reported, Walmart shared its intentions to patent an automatic blockchain-based delivery system using drones.