While projecting the potential of blockchain, Shaw made it clear that it is already making an impact today. One use case Shaw shared was that of SkyCell, a Swiss-based manufacturer of safe, temperature-controlled containers for pharmaceuticals.
SkyCell has 1,000 containers in its fleet, all of which are fitted with special sensors. These sensors record ambient temperature, internal temperature, and humidity inside the containers. That data is then fed to SkyCell’s cloud-based servers and then stored on a blockchain. Through this blockchain, the company can prove that the data it delivers to its clients is accurate and cannot be falsified.
In an early survey of topics that attendees wanted to hear about, blockchain was at the top of the list. The SkyCell use case, as well as others that Shaw shared, provide some ideas for how blockchain might be used in other supply chains.
Building off the conference theme of innovation, Adrian Gonzalez, President at Adelante SCM, discussed the impact of disruptive technologies. Gonzalez explained that technology is constantly evolving. He also cautioned against being complacent with regard to technology. Today’s tech leaders can’t rest on their laurels. Think of Nokia, once the king of mobile phones. Gonzalez’s point is that companies have to be constantly innovating to fend off new and unexpected challengers.
“Innovation is not something that’s a project,” said Gonzalez. “It’s an ongoing business process. It has to be embedded as part of your culture.”