With just a few days to the beginning of the New Year, there are many who make bold predictions about the blockchain and the crypto market in general. In our today’s blockchain news, senior executives at United Airlines but also from the logistics industry giant UPS, are convinced that 2019 will not be the year when blockchain goes mainstream.
The UPS chief engineering and information officer Juan Perez and the United Airlines executive vice president of technology Linda Jojo are among those who still are a bit skeptical about the future of the blockchain. Jojo pointed out:
“We have a small team looking at blockchain, but we are still searching for the killer use case.”
Businesses and investors still have mixed feelings about blockchain as the year ends and some are even claiming that the technology is simply not developed enough to bring us disruptive solutions and innovation.
At the start of 2018, many companies recorded share prices increase only because they included the term ‘’blockchain’’ in their name. Governments are also looking into blockchain and finding possible ways to implement the technology. For logistics giant UPS, however, there is still time for total implementation:
“I don’t expect significant benefits in 2019, primarily because the technology itself is continuing to evolve and mature. It requires a lot of parties to come to the table to participate and evaluate the technology,” Perez explained.
Despite the fact that many small businesses but also large governmental agencies and regulatory bodies are trying to find a way for this technology to be a part of our everyday lives, we are still yet to see how the things are going to develop in 2019.
Deloitte Features Blockchain In Its Annual Tech Trends Report
“Today, blockchain is to trust what the web was to communication: a profoundly disruptive technology that transforms not only business but the way humans transact and engage," the report notes.Deloitte also agrees that blockchain is viral, saying that the technology is “capturing both mindshare and investment is remarkable considering that a few years ago the word blockchain was known only through its relationship to cryptocurrencies. One of the areas where blockchain is likely to develop in the coming year, according to Deloitte, is the technology that includes "gateways, integration layers and common standards." However, Deloitte also shared the obstacles of implementing the technology, mainly related to the time-consuming operations, lack of standardization, high costs and complex applications.
Stellar’s XLM Token Added To Greyscale’s Crypto Investment Trust Fund
“I think the theory is a sound one,” he said about Stellar’s business proposition for bridging crypto to fiat currency conversions. An American bank may be keeping large amounts of currencies in foreign banks, and to be able to bring those balances of foreign currencies onto a balance sheet as working capital is valuable. Financial institutions won’t be required to hold balances all over the place. This will improve efficiency and shore up balance sheets for other uses.”Stellar had amazing performance especially in Q4 after striking a deal with crypto wallet provider Blockchain.com in order to start distributing XLM that is worth $125 million in an airdrop, hoping to increase bigger awareness and adoption. In the meantime, Greyscale had a mixed year in 2018 after bitcoin dropped to its 15-month low at $3,130. The company’s Bitcoin Trust was worth less than $1 billion for the first time in 2018. According to the crypto industry newsletter Diar’s research, Greyscale in the same apparently had holdings just over one percent of the total BTC in circulation. After the announcement, Stellar increased up by 1.22 percent.
SEAT Car Manufacturer To Start Working On Blockchain-Based Products Development
Bitcoin ATM Operator Coinme To Start Selling BTC At Coinstar Counting Machines
“Bitcoin is now accessible at your local grocery store via Coinstar kiosks, and this offering will make it even easier for consumers to participate in this dynamic new economy.”Coinstar, on the other hand, offers coin-to-cash conversion in their kiosks in multiple countries around the world but it still remains unknown whether the Bitcoin feature will expand just as quickly as it did in the US. Coinstar’s CEO Jim Gaherty noted: Coinstar offers coin-to-cash conversion kiosks in various countries throughout the world. It remains unknown whether the Bitcoin feature will expand beyond the U.S., while the company did not provide figures on how many machines will offer it.
“Coinstar is always looking for new ways to offer value to our consumers when they visit our kiosks.’’According to CoinATMRadar industry monitoring resource, there are more than 4187 Bitcoin ATMs worldwide and more than 60 percent or 2516 are in the United States. The market has grown plenty over the years and many operators are trying to get control of what they think to become a fairly popular trend for crypto usage.
Join us on Facebook
- Binance Plans To Expand To Eight New Countries But Declines To Confirm Six Of Them
- Deloitte Features Blockchain In Its Annual Tech Trends Report
- Crypto Payments Platform CoinGate Begins Its Lighting Network Trial With Litecoin (LTC)
- The $400bn Tencent And Its Plans To Acquire Two Major Bitcoin Exchanges
- Bitcoin Could Soon Fall To $2,400 And Wall Street Could Buy The Dip
UPCOMING EVENTS RECOMMEND BY DC FORECASTS
Ethereum News4 days ago
Coinbase And Kraken Officially Supporting ETH’s Constantinople Hard Fork
Altcoin News5 days ago
Major Swiss Bank Launches A Crypto Custody Solution Targeting Banks & Asset Managers
Bitcoin Scams4 days ago
New Torrent Malware Posing As Movie File Can Replace BTC & ETH Addresses: Researcher
Altcoin News2 days ago
Market Sees Red, Losing $1 Billion Overnight While Bitcoin Remains At $3,600
Bitcoin News4 days ago
American Businessman Still Missing After $950,000 In BTC Ransom Paid
Altcoin News2 days ago
Crypto Analysts: 2019 May Be A Year Of Bitcoin Accumulation
Blockchain News4 days ago
The Revenue Agency Of Bulgaria Will Investigate Crypto-Selling Companies
Bitcoin Scams1 day ago
21-Year Old Accused Of Stealing More Than $24 Million Worth Of Crypto