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Blockchain Technology for Tracking and Tracing in Supply Chains: A Critical Viewpoint

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Title:Blockchain Technology for Tracking and Tracing in Supply Chains: A Critical Viewpoint
Authors:Straubert, Christian
Sucky, Eric
Mattke, Jens
Keywords:Blockchain Cases and Innovations
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Date Issued:05 Jan 2021
Abstract:Tracking and tracing (TnT) in supply chains (SCs) is often mentioned as a very promising area of application for blockchains. At the same time, there is also much reticence and even disillusionment in practice. In this context, we present a literature meta-review and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using blockchains in SCs. We find that public permissionless blockchains offer new functionalities (e.g. pseudonymity), which however are often not desired. Moreover, a blockchain loses value in the context of SCs because there is a physical level (goods) in addition to the digital level (information) and these two levels do not necessarily match. Furthermore, we present a survey of TnT solution providers, which indicates that there are complexity and collaboration problems in supply chains that even a blockchain cannot alleviate. Nevertheless, the surveyed experts generally have a positive attitude towards the blockchain and are willing to give it a chance.
Pages/Duration:10 pages
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
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