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DHL, BMW run blockchain trial for Asia Pacific supply chain

December 19, 2019 / Ledger Insights

DHL is one of several logistics partners that work with BMW in Asia. Typically, each logistics firm runs its own computer systems, as does BMW and its dealers. But instead, what if they could share the data? Automaker BMW and logistics provider DHL worked on a blockchain proof of concept (PoC) for the former’s Asia Pacific supply chain operations to provide better visibility for parts shipped from Malaysia. Traditionally, separate proprietary systems that record data result in a lengthy manual reconciliation process to match shipment data. Additionally, a discrepancy would require further digging, which takes even more time and effort. To circumvent these issues, DHL and BMW established a private blockchain platform to share supply chain data among participants seamlessly. Stakeholders are only allowed access to data which they need.