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Title: Blockchain technology in Germany: an excerpt of real use cases in logistics industry
Language: English
Authors: Bartsch, Devis 
Winkler, Herwig 
Editor: Kersten, Wolfgang  
Blecker, Thorsten 
Ringle, Christian M.  
Keywords: Logistics;Industry 4.0;Digitalization;Innovation;Supply Chain Management;Artificial Intelligence;Data Science
Issue Date: 23-Sep-2020
Source: Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL) 29: 699-735 (2020)
Part of Series: Proceedings of the Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL) 
Volume number: 29
Abstract (english): 
Purpose: Due to the large number of intermediaries in logistics networks there is avariety of possible failures, frictions and waste of time and money among the logisticsprocess chain. With the ability to provide data securely in near real-time, liketrack and tracing data of goods to every participant, the Blockchain-Technology(BCT) can help to solve these problems. Methodology: A structured literature analysis has been executed by using the databasesWeb of Science and Science Direct to find out current intermediary´s functionsand real use cases. In addition, available other sources, like manufacturer websites,blog entries or whitepapers are searched for specific blockchain-based applicationsinvented and used by German companies. The identified use cases are then qualitativelyanalyzed. Findings: The first results showed that most of the business cases are still in the conceptphase or are merely ideas how the BCT could solve existing problems. Additionally,we got results on the distribution of applications and economic benefits alongthe logistics chain. Furthermore, important conclusions on implementation problemscan be derived from this. Originality: In order to maintain Germany´s top economic position, it is necessaryto push ahead with the adaption of the BCT. Our analysis contains first results in thearea of real blockchain use cases of German companies. Initial comparisons betweencurrently used and blockchain-based logistics networks are also possible.
Conference: Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL) 2020 
DOI: 10.15480/882.3111
ISBN: 978-3-753123-46-2
ISSN: 2365-5070
Document Type: Chapter/Article (Proceedings)
License: CC BY-SA 4.0 (Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0) CC BY-SA 4.0 (Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0)
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