UPS, which is among the oldest companies in the delivery business, has been through a lot of changes over the years. The 110-year old company right now believes that blockchain could be the next chance to streamline its delivery logistics.
The news comes from documents published by the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) in which the Georgia-based delivery giant seems to have applied for a patent that utilizes blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) all in order to route packages throughout an international supply chain.
The blockchain system will also help the packages which include multiple carriers. Originally filed on February 16th, this patent is believed to increase efficiency and minimize costs for UPS – especially when it comes to coordinating logistics for shipments that involve more than one service provider.
As the authors of the application explained:
“[T]here may be scenarios in which it is advantageous for various logistics service providers to transport the shipment unit along different legs/segments from its origin to its destination. However, it may be difficult to coordinate the transportation of the shipment unit through the various logistics service provider transportation networks. Moreover, if there are special handling requirements for transporting the shipment unit, it may be difficult to ensure that the special handling requirements are carried through by each of the various logistics service providers that may assist in transporting the shipment unit.”
Right now, UPS plans to tackle the problems with an autonomous system that will use an immutable blockchain ledger to route packages through multiple logistics service provider networks.
That way, the system will select routes for automatically-scanned packages (ready for delivery) – all based on the service offerings of the network-connected shipping providers.
“Accordingly, various embodiments may comprise and/or utilize digital currency/assets represented by ledger entries. Such digital currency/assets (e.g., Bitcoin, Ether, and/or the like) may itself have value that may be exchanged for various shipment units, services, and/or the like.”
With this, UPS believes that it can integrate its system, reduce the costs and increase efficiency as they fulfill the obligations with a particular leg on each shipment.
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‘’The virtual currency relies on the use of a distributed database between the central banks and the participating banks from both sides. It seeks to safeguard customer interests, set technology standards and assess cybersecurity risks. The project will also determine the impact of a central currency on monetary policies.’’The financial institutions in the countries have thoroughly studied the blockchain technology and are hoping to have great benefits. Back in December 2018, UAE’s Securities and Commodities Authority recognized ICOs as securities and they also announced to be working on a regulatory framework for 2019. UAE’s Emirates Islamic Bank also tested the blockchain and even started submitting cheques on a blockchain named ‘’Cheque Chain’’ and since it has proven to be successful, the bank registered one million cheques in 2018 in only a month.
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“Cryptocurrencies represent a new frontier in digital finance and their popularity is growing. The decentralized networks for cryptocurrencies, bitcoin being a well-known example, can keep track of digital transactions. They enable value to be exchanged and can give rise to new business models which would otherwise require significant regulatory and institutional commitments." the report states.According to the UN, blockchain and crypto have many use cases. As it is explained in the document:
"For example, a value token called ClimateCoin is being considered as a basis for creating a global market for carbon emissions, allowing peer-to-peer exchange of carbon credits and a direct connection with the Internet of Things. It would then be possible for devices to calculate their own carbon emissions and purchase carbon credits to offset those emissions."The document also focuses on innovation and how it comes from inherent trust, citing that "the innovativeness of this system lies in the way in which the various parts combine to create the trust and guarantees that the traditional financial system derives from institutions and regulation."
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“The probability that Bitcoin matches its ATH [all-time high] price again and doesn't then continue past it seems very low. Each wave of adoption is an order of magnitude bigger than the last,” Milne wrote in the Twitter thread that he started on Saturday.Meanwhile, Bitcoin suffered another drop which took it below $3,500, giving less optimism to traders hoping for a new bull run. The new downturn has led to many accusations from high-profile economics figures. However, Milne continued expressing his optimism and said:
“The next bull run will decide which public blockchains persist for the next 100 years. I believe Bitcoin is currently the *only* sure thing[.]”Aside from this, Milne also highlighted the interest by institutional investors and labeled Bitcoin's profile as the "gold 2.0" in the next round of adoption.
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