As you probably know from reading our DC Forecasts crypto news site, IBM is one of the leading companies when it comes to blockchain innovation. This has been proven in a number of occasions when the company filed for a patent and received unique rights to specific innovations in the realm of the blockchain.
The former PC manufacturer has so far built multiple blockchain technologies and is active in spaces like artificial intelligence with its unique Watson technology. However, it seems like IBM is focusing on the food safety and supply chain transparency lately.
As of recently, IBM was able to partner up with the French company Carrefour, which is known for being one of the largest multinational grocery chains with over 12,000 locations throughout the world. Carrefour managed to integrate IBM’s Food Trust, the blockchain-based data system that is now integrated into the company’s supply chain.
With this, Carrefour is positioned as a pioneer in jumping on board with IBM. The Food Trust system has gone live since Monday, and anyone in the food industry can subscribe to the modular software system which outlines three primary uses. The first module is called “Trace” while the others are a product for enhanced certification speed.
For ones that don’t know, IBM offers traditional businesses a solid access to blockchain technology, incorporated through a Software-as-a-Service model where food retailers are top among its targets. Previously, IBM worked to develop a solution for Walmart’s grocery department in an attempt to improve its own safety. The solution is described in the video below.
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“Ultimately behind the scenes, they [crypto companies] are going to have to use a bank to move funds. There’s more partnership instead of competition in that space… When it comes to margins and capabilities, payments is never something that grows in margin, nobody wants to pay for a payment…so you need highly efficient and large players.”Karpovich also responded to a question regarding how far the eCommerce industry is from using crypto to facilitating payments. He explained that blockchain - the underlying technology of cryptocurrencies - will be used to facilitate payments behind the scenes. However, he also added that according to him, blockchain won't have a huge impact on consumers.
“I think ultimately you’ll find that the technology behind the scenes will be blockchain, I don’t know that you’ll notice anything as a consumer in that space. I think that you’ll still continue to use the payment type that you prefer, be that a wallet, a card, or a bank account,” he noted.When asked about his anti-crypto sentiment - which is somehow shared in the JPMorgan circles - Karpovich said that there is a difference between adopting blockchain and speculating on cryptocurrencies.
“There’s a difference between trading a cryptocurrency that’s in the market that’s ubiquitous, versus using the technology to enhance your payment infrastructure,” he concluded.
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‘’Binance Lite is a simple site for users to easily buy bitcoin with cash at physical store fronts. This model makes it really easy to bring new users into crypto, starting with Australia, where the government has taken proactive steps to support the blockchain industry. Users won’t have to open complicated online accounts to start using the service.’’The crypto market in Australia was a little behind than other markets in the world such as South Korea or Singapore because the banks didn’t support the crypto businesses in Australia. Back in 2017, during the strongest crypto rally, reports show that the larger Australian banks closed the accounts on multiple crypto investors. However, starting last year, the government of Australia began its proactive approach in regulating the crypto space and the blockchain industry so the investors are now hopeful that they could improve the market in the long run. Zhou also said that more than $5 billion in crypto was traded in crypto in 2018 in Australia and that since then the government is funding blockchain startups and companies by issuing bonds on the blockchain. The government has also started to accept crypto on airports such as the airport in Brisbane and even held a voting trial on the blockchain. He finished his interview by saying:
“Binance Lite also completes a comprehensive value chain for the Binance ecosystem in Australia. For example, users can show their friends how to buy bitcoin from Binance Lite stores, immediately load it up onto Trust Wallet on their phones, and go on to spend this bitcoin in shops accepting bitcoin payments through TravelbyBit, the payments startup Binance invested in last year.’’
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