For a recent study Nike, along with others, have partnered for collecting their supply chain data on a blockchain network. Find out the complete story here!
From the shipping giant Maersk to technology company IBM- are using blockchain in order to innovate and make their supply chain network more robust and agile. Now another giant, Nike, joins this club to leverage the capabilities of blockchain onto their supply chain network
Details of the Chain Integration Project (CHIP), published in a white paper by RFID Lab of Auburn University, suggests a new technique of handling supply chains. The university located in Alabama has partnered with brands like Nike, Herman Kay, PVH, Macy’s and Kohl to run a trial with this project.
CHIP, a project initiated in 2018, discovered a possible saving of $1.8 billion by deploying blockchain to collect supply chain data. The supply chain project assimilates the information pulled from RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags onto a blockchain network.
The Project Uses Hyperledger Fabric
The project leverages Hyperledger Fabric as the open-source blockchain to record projects and items across the network. The data that uploads to this blockchain network consists of around 222,974 products from 12 different supply chain nodes. Out of 222,974, Nike shared data of 72,575 items while Macy’s shared a data of 62 products.
The current practice involves different retail supply chains to keep internal labels on the movement of their products via RFID tags, which is fixed in every unit. For instance, Nike’s show tags facilitate the company to track the movement of its products. However, the variance in the digital language of product data across companies results in an inefficient and complex system of processes.
The aim of this study is to form a digital platform using the distributed ledger technology. In turn it would include a common language amongst retailers to share data across the supply chain network.
This is not the first time that this shoe retailer has engaged with blockchain technology. Last year, the sportswear brand got patented its blockchain-compatible sneakers ‘CrpytoKicks’ from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
The patent enables leveraging blockchain for verification and authenticity of the sneakers. Furthermore, it also facilitates to track the ownership of its physical product on a blockchain-based network.
Moreover, a number of other sportswear brands have started accessing blockchain for a number of different purposes. In 2018, Vechain, a blockchain platform based in Singapore partnered with the prominent shoemaker SBTG. The aim was to create shoes with embedded chips. These chips leverage blockchain to track its proof of origin. They also verify its authenticity by tracing the product on a supply chain network.
In 2019, Footwear manufacturer, New Balance Athletics Inc. launched a pilot program that uses blockchain in its supply chain network. It enables tracking the genuineness of its latest basketball shoe using a distributed ledger blockchain in an effort to build trust among the customers.