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Supply chain management

Apla’s team created an approved blockchain solution concept which enhances security and builds trust within the supply chain of a global organization.

Client

Middle Eastern transportation company (UAE)

Summary

We developed a blockchain app that allows organizations to create a smart and transparent supply chain. Every contractor has a unique key to sign off all the operations conducted and each can receive complete data about the freight. Moreover, the geocoding service integration with the freight ID system ensures 100% confidence in the data’s integrity.

Our contributions

  • Strategy
  • Process workflow research
  • User research
  • Development of ecosystem
  • Integration with geolocation services
  • Integration with freight identification services
  • Integration with oracle services outside of blockchain (e.g. weather services)
  • Software application architecture
  • Quality assurance
  • Testing
  • Technical documentation
  • Third party security audit
  • Fully-functioning product (go live)

Background

The operational pace of the world is increasing daily, all the while businesses are striving to keep up. To outdo the competition, supply chain leaders need to constantly increase efficiency. Unexpected changes in weather, political or financial landscapes are factors that need to be accounted for, but the biggest challenge of all is the lack of trust and transparency between contractors.

In freight transportation services there are multiple contractors, often separated by thousands of kilometers and barriers such as different languages. Colossal financial risks on part of disruptions cannot be excluded by freight companies at any time.

Problems

  • High supply chain costs for management of contractors.
  • Impossible to control all aspects of the supply chain throughout the cycle across the globe without trust between counterparties.
  • Data may be falsified during shipping: the location and time may not correspond to the signed documents.
  • Time is spent on replanning routes when there are weather or other significant changes that impact freight shipping.

All solved by one solution: Apla

Challenge

  • Speed up links in the supply chain by electronic registration and processing of each stage of the journey.
  • Minimize risks that occur due to accidental or intentional errors made by contractors.
  • Ensure reliable identification of freight and contractors throughout every stage of the supply chain.
  • Standardize processes for all contractors.
  • Make provisions to quickly incorporate new contractors into the chain.
  • Automatically alter the route taking economic, political and weather conditions into account.
  • Create the potential for offsetting of payments (no need for settlement payments).
Result

An application for monitoring the movement of goods from manufacturers to retail chains via transportation companies and warehouses entirely on the blockchain

Approach

We use business intelligence technologies to help our clients: to analyze problems, to find growth points, to develop and to integrate the perfect solution.

Analyze the existing problems in current supply chains
Select a freight identification method
Come up with the best way to integrate with current IT systems
Select external services to take part in the supply chain
Create work specifications for required actions
Develop systems that are able to interact with external services via a Virtual Distributed Ethernet (VDE)
Make a working prototype of the application
Test and verify
2 weeks
Validated by client

Solution

A game-changing blockchain app by Apla that is designed specially for freight transportation industries. Each supplier uses their unique key to sign off the handing over of freight. The application allows users to identify the cargo and to ensure all the terms of a contract are met.

The system records that cargo has changed hands only when contractors are in the same geographical location at the same time.

All information about the freight’s movement is recorded on the blockchain without the risk of loss or forgery. This helps build trust between the people and companies that interact, leading to business growth.

Extra features

Serial shipping container code

Radio frequency identification

Geolocation service

Oracle services

Supply chain management steps

Before

After

Before

Cargo can be lost or data can be falsified.

After

Cargo can be identified  via scanning a barcode, QR code etc.

Before

No trusted data available along multiple distribution points.

After

Comprehensive monitoring of all operations  along the supply chain.

Before

Personnel waste valuable time trying to oversee the cargo’s movements and solving contractor problems.

After

The app automatically oversees the cargo, allowing to increase personnel decision making time and improve performance.

Before

Optimizing routes takes time and effort.

After

Oracle services analyze significant factors and optimize routes automatically.

Before

Lack of trust and transparency holds back business growth.

After

Trusted and efficient business network  between transacting companies.

Key Benefits of the Apla Blockchain

Blockchain 3.0

We use “Smart Law” technology that operates above the level of protocols. Unlike Smart Contracts, Smart Laws can evaluate and rectify errors where there are program contradictions or flaws in the algorithm.

Regulated ecosystem

The blockchain network is private and permissioned, meaning only those with authorised access can see, use or alter information; it is also leak-proof.

Rapid development

Apla is able to build entire systems in a matter of days, not months. Moreover, an intuitive interface coupled with simple syntax allows to easily train staff from local agencies easily.

Independence

It gives parties more control over the platform, meaning they are less dependent on the technology provider.

Interface editor

It’s simple to use for any user, even those without a technical background.

Cross-platform

Ease of use from desktop or any Android/iOS device.

Future potential

Today, every piece of cargo is accompanied by a whole host of paper documents and each contractor should sign each one. Transport companies are forced to establish departments which deal only with paper documents and spend months harmonizing them.

The future of international freight shipping is set to change with the implementation of blockchain. All documents will become digital and will be registered automatically in just a few seconds. This will allow the industry to significantly reduce costs, improve their client satisfaction and optimize processes throughout.

Companies which integrate blockchain solutions today will be at the forefront of change and able to run away with the market

A competitive advantage: smart and transparent supply chain.

Reduced risk due to contractor errors and indiscretion.

Time saved due to involvement of oracle services.

Increased worker efficiency throughout your organization.

New industry standards: a safe and clear path from manufacturer to the customer.

STATUS

The management of a transport company has tested our Proof of Concept and confirms its viability

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