Title Blockchain and the Supply Chain
Subtitle Concepts, Strategies and Practical Applications
Author Nick Vyas, Aljosja Beije, Bhaskar Krishnamachari
ISBN 9780749484026
List price GBP 39.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 320
Book size 159 x 235 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Kogan Page Limited
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As blockchain continues to evolve from concept to application, its promise and potential value to the supply chain merits serious discussion. Blockchain and the Supply Chain offers a compelling look at this emerging topic in the backdrop of the global supply chain. The authors illustrate how blockchain could be leveraged to solve some of the supply chain’s enduring challenges, as it transistions from tool to solution. This is the book for anyone interested in connecting blockchain to the supply chain.

Noel Hacegaba, Deputy Executive Director, Port of Long Beach

Engaging, focused and useful, Blockchain and the Supply Chain is an articulate and highly readable synthesis of current thinking on blockchain and its practical applications in the supply chain industry. This should be recommended reading for all leaders and industry professionals in logistics and supply chain.

Sarabjeet Chugh, Senior Director of Products, Oracle Blockchain, US

As a visionary practitioner, Nick Vyas has always been ahead of the curve in anticipating new changes in supply chain strategy. Now as a leading academic and thought leader, he along with Bhaskar and Aljosja bring clarity to the complexity of blockchain implementation. This book represents a breakthrough in the understanding of an exciting new stage in distribution disruption.

Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor, Supply Chain Management Review, US


Blockchain can transform companies, if it is successfully integrated into existing supply chain ecosystems and practices. Some of the key benefits are dispute resolution, foolproof track and trace, event management, operational as well as financial transparency, speed to market, visibility, elimination of heavy reliance on intermediary, integration of IoT technology, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Blockchain and the Supply Chain highlights how blockchain can enable opportunities within the end-to-end supply chain.

The team of authors look at the evolution of the network, systems and finance, as well as basics of blockchain such as peer-to-peer transactions, consensus based algorithms and smart contracts. They include cases which highlight the opportunities within the different nodes of systems, sales and operations planning and provide practical examples from specific supply chains, such as the movement of temperature controlled goods, dry goods and precious commodities, as well as general cargo flow. Blockchain and the Supply Chain examines the business case for blockchain, including increased efficiency of transactions. It also covers the broader set of technologies relevant to supply chain, such as IoT, Big Data and Cyber Security basics and the capabilities they offer.


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Chapter 1. The evolution of the supply chain: how we got here • The power of unceasing curiosity • Information and innovation: the twin engines of evolution • The movement of people and goods: Faster. Higher. Further. • Japan’s reconstruction and the gift of TQM • Cognitive computation: surpassing human capability • Disruptive forces • How blockchain will transform the supply chain • About this book • References

Chapter 2. Supply chains in 2018: costly, fragile and increasingly complex • What is supply chain management? • The stakes are high • An argument for blockchain • Limitations of blockchain • Blockchain in the supply chain — increased efficiency and effectiveness • The SCOR processes and blockchain • Notes • References

Chapter 3. Basics of blockchain • Digital transactions — the problem of double spend • The Bitcoin protocol • Smart contracts • Beyond Bitcoin — blockchains • Permissioned blockchains • Hyperledger • References

Chapter 4. Internet of Things, data analytics and other information technologies • The Internet of Things • Cloud computing • Big data: computation and storage • Data analytics and machine learning • Security, privacy and trust • Integration of IoT and other technologies for supply chain with blockchain • References

Chapter 5. Blockchain strategy: the why, what and how in supply chain management • Introduction • Why blockchain and not another technology? • A hybrid world • A conceptual look at SCM and blockchain technology • Notes • References

Chapter 6. What supply chain management processes and metrics will be affected by blockchain? • Introduction • Supply chain management objectives and the SCOR reference model • Plan processes • Source processes • Make process • Deliver process • Return process • Enable process • Appendix • Notes • References

Chapter 7. Blockchain projects in practice: Case study Deliver • Introduction • The companies • A brief history • The pilot goals • Consortium creation and alignment • The Deliver ecosystem • Architecture • Interoperability and interconnectivity • The governance of the pilot • Deliver and the SCOR processes • Pilot outcomes • Notes • References

Chapter 8. Blockchain use cases in supply chain • Container shipping: IBM and Maersk • The palm oil supply chain • Leveraging blockchain for the tea supply chain • Blockchain for the automotive industry • Blockchain and other technologies in context: considerations and challenges • References

Chapter 9. Economic impact and future outlook • The economics of blockchain • Globalization’s backwash • Online marketplaces • Mega cities and the millennial consumer • The growing complexity of industries • Standardizing blockchain for ROI2 • Re-imagining the future with blockchain • Reflection • Notes



About the Authors:

Nick Vyas is the executive director and co-founder of USC Marshall’s Center for Global Supply Chain Management and assistant professor of clinical data sciences & operations. He teaches GSCM and Lean Six Sigma and global supply chain management to leaders from various industries at Cal Polytechnic University, Pomona. Previously Vyas managed global operations for Duty Free International, Sears, Federated Stores, and Toys R Us, where he integrated technology, directed teams, and oversaw strategic transformation initiatives that both optimized speed-to-market and managed cost and quality.

Aljosja Beije is is co-founder of Blocklab and a PhD candidate at the Politecnico di Milano, where his research focusses on blockchain and SCM.

Bhaskar Krishnamachari is director of USC Viterbi Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things and professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Professor in the University of Southern California, LA..

Target Audience:

Useful for people interested in logistics and supply chain. This book is for anyone interested in connecting blockchain to the supply chain.

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