03

Jul

SBI Holdings, Hyakushoichiba, and CTIA: Beginning demonstration experiment to launch agricultural product supply chain platform using blockchain technology

SBI Holdings, Inc., Hyakushoichiba,inc., and CTIA are starting a POC for information sharing and operational efficiency in the rice “shipping” process to build a supply chain platform for agricultural products based on blockchain/distributed ledger technology. Traditionally, in agricultural supply chains, production and shipping plans have been individually managed by each participating organization: producers, wholesalers, logistics, processers, warehousing, trade, domestic and destination retailers. Therefore, the entire supply chain will be overloaded in the event of a sudden change in demand or a pandemic, and the functionality of the supply chain will be degraded or lost. In addition, the agricultural industry is facing problems and challenges arising from many inefficient workflows and analog operations such as paperwork and faxing. The platform will record operations and transactions in the agricultural supply chain. The operational history is recorded using blockchain/distributed ledger technology to establish consistent data and secure data sharing inside and outside the organization. We aim to automate transactions and improve efficiency by sharing data throughout the supply chain and to implement traceability (information tracking) of distribution. In this POC, we will verify processes using “Traceability as a Service (TaaS)” developed by CTIA. Hyakushoichiba has prepared several verification scenarios for the receiving and shipping processes of rice from Ibaraki Prefecture. We will measure the effectiveness of business efficiency, verify the security of data sharing, and design the UI. The POC period is scheduled to take about two months. SBI Holdings, Inc.Business activities: Supervision and management of the corporate group through stock holdings, etc. Location: Izumi Garden Tower, 1-6-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, TokyoRepresentative: Mr. Yoshitaka KitaoWebsite: https://www.sbigroup.co.jp/ Hyakushoichiba, inc. Business activities: Export of Japanese rice Location:514-2, Hanaya, Shimotsuma-shi, IbarakiRepresentative: Mr. Minoru Someno, CTIA Co., Ltd. […]

05

Jun

Want to change paper support to an awesome form?The strengths of the blockchain learned from DX

The future of digital work that is essential for working remotely Remote work increased by 49% in Tokyo due to the impact of COVID-19 The corona-virus pandemic that has spread throughout the world is an opportunity to rethink the structure and state of society. One kind of change is in work or operations. Today, in Japan and around the world, major companies as well as small and medium-sized companies are promoting working from home or remotely. According to a survey of 800 U.S. human resources managers by U.S. research firm Gartner (announced on March 17), 88% of companies and organizations encourage or require employees to work from home. According to a survey by the Persol Research Institute, as of April, 27% of people in Japan and 49% of people in Tokyo were working remotely. (This survey was conducted on the Internet from April 10-12, with 25,769 people aged 20-59 who work for companies with 10 or more employees) Although there are regional differences, the fact that about half of the workers in Tokyo are working remotely could be thought as significant. The changing demand for paper-based work: why the government and the private sector have been slow to eliminate the paper culture Even though more and more people are working remotely, doing actual paper-based work is a challenge on many levels in society. When working remotely online, most of the work is done on a computer, and printing out or sending materials is a time-consuming task. The first effect from this shift was a fall in the stock prices of the paper industry. The stock index of Japan’s major paper companies has fallen about 30 percent in the first quarter […]

12

May

Thinking about the future of food chains through the lens of digital transformation

~SDGs No.12 Responsible consumption and production The global food crisis is getting worse. Did you know that 800 million people (one in nine worldwide) suffer from hunger, yet 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted every year around the world? To address this issue, the United Nations and stakeholders involved in the global food chain are working on SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and the Food Waste Reduction Promotion Act. In order to feed the world’s ever-growing population, the entire food chain, from traditional food production to consumption, needs to be reviewed. Global challenges, background on food loss In fact, there is enough food produced in the world during the year to distribute to the entire population. According to the United Nations WFP report, the world produces about 4 billion tons of food a year, of which 1.3 billion tons (one third) is wasted. The numbers are astonishing and at the same time the reasons for this disposal differ between developing and developed countries. The cause of waste in developing countries is “surplus crops;” in other words, overproduced food is thrown away. This is partly because individual farmers are unable to set up warehouses for long-term storage due to financial reasons, and vegetables that do not meet standards are often rejected by wholesalers. In developed countries, for example in Japan, food waste is 27.59 million tons per year, and the amount of food that could be eaten but is discarded is about 6.5 million tons per year. This means that each Japanese person throws away 51kg of edible food every year (according to the Consumer Affairs Agency.) In developed countries where each individual citizen has a commensurate income and is expected […]