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Samsung Delves Deeper into Crypto Exploring Blockchain for Its Logistics

· April 16, 2018 · 5:00 pm

Samsung Electronics Co. is the latest big name to show a keen interest in the powers of blockchain technology, specifically, how it can be incorporated into their supply chain management processes.

Even though cryptocurrencies may still be getting critiqued, it’s supporting technology is being more readily adopted. The advantages of blockchain such as security and immutability, are major drawcards for companies that rely heavily on record keeping, such as healthcare, finance, and even art.

Blockchain to aid in shipping

However, it is also a viable option for supply chain management, an option that massive electronics corporation, Samsung, is ready to explore. According to Bloomberg Quint, the company’s logistical and information and technology branch, Samsung SDS CO., could use a blockchain ledger to monitor their billion-dollar global shipments sector.

Song Kwang-woo, the blockchain chief at SDS, touched on how the technology could revolutionize other businesses:

It will have an enormous impact on the supply chains of manufacturing industries. Blockchain is a core platform to fuel our digital transformation.

A cost-effective way of working

A part of this digital transformation is working towards a paperless way of doing business. Not only are physical documents annoying, they’re expensive too. In fact, according to International Business Machines Corp., the documentation costs for container shipments is more than double that of other modes of transportation.

When it comes to Samsung shipments, this equals a substantial amount of money. For this year alone, SDS projects that the company will transport 488,000 tons of air cargo and one million 20-foot-equivalent (TEU) shipping units. The SDS has said that by implementing blockchain technology, the company could save as much as 20% in shipping fees.

It’s not just about saving money though. Blockchain technology could actually impact on overall customer satisfaction. This is because efficiency associated with this technology could mean a shorter time span between product launches and product shipment. Not only will that keep Samsung customers smiling, it will also give the company a competitive edge over their industry rivals.

Cheong Tae-su, who is a professor of industrial engineering at Korea University, explained a bit further:

“It cuts overhead and eliminates bottlenecks. It’s about maximizing supply efficiency and visibility, which translates into greater consumer confidence.”

What’s more, Samsung appears to be going all-in into cryptocurrencies in general as it recently announced manufacturing mining chips. This move that puts them in direct competition with the Taiwan-based company, TSMC, a preferred ASIC chip supplier to Bitmain.

Samsung joins an ever-growing list

Samsung isn’t the only global company big on blockchain. Mastercard recently announced that they will soon be hiring blockchain experts to help drive innovation with regard to payment solutions.

Governments are also realizing its benefits, with China financially contributing towards blockchain-based startups. In addition, the European Union has launched the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum, which aims to foster blockchain promotion.

The blockchain business is definitely booming. The US-based research company, Gartner, has predicted that the technology will add $176 billion USD worth of value to businesses by 2025. This number is set to increase to over $3 trillion by 2030.

What do you think of yet another big corporation using blockchain technology? Let us know in the comments below!

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Samsung Pay Bringing More Competition to Bitcoin by Enabling Online Shopping in 2016

Source: bitcoin

Samsung Pay

Samsung is planning to expand its mobile payment service, Samsung Pay, into the US online shopping market. Additionally, Samsung will allow more smartphones to support the payment wallet, offering it to cheaper Samsung devices “within the next year,” according to Samsung Pay global co-general manager Thomas Ko.

Also read: Apple Pay Statistics Are Far From Promising — Bitcoin a Global Alternative

Samsung Pay has grown much faster than rival Apple Pay and Android Pay since the service was implemented on payment technology that is already available in most stores. Thus, by expanding into the online market, Samsung will have yet another advantage over these two competitors, as well as coming into competition with popular online payment service PayPal.

Samsung’s electronic wallet will also pose fiercer competition to Bitcoin, whose main user base is found in the online shopping industry. However, it is unclear if Samsung Pay will actually win over any Bitcoiners who use the digital currency as their main online shopping payment method. Bitcoin offers several advantages over Samsung Pay in terms of online shopping. Bitcoin does not require any personal information, which makes it safer than using credit-card based online payment options. The digital currency also does not have any service fees associated with its use, unlike credit card payment methods, which makes using bitcoin cheaper than its more mainstream competition. Additionally, Bitcoin is global; anyone can use Bitcoin anywhere in the world, whereas Samsung Pay and similar services are only available to smartphone owners in certain areas of the globe. These restrictions tied to payment methods like Samsung Pay leave out the large majority of the world’s population, who either lack access to banking services, or do not live within the companies’ service areas.

Both Samsung Pay and Bitcoin have a common difficulty in trying to get people to use their services, however. Samsung has had a hard time convincing people that using its mobile wallet in place of a normal credit card would be more convenient, with many people believing that using a card is a simpler procedure. Similarly, Bitcoin has a hard time drawing in mainstream users due to its perceived learning curve. Most people do not understand the concept of digital money, and prefer traditional currencies that have been in use for many decades. Thus, although both payment methods are in competition with each other, they both must find a solution to getting new users on board.

What do you think about Samsung Pay’s move into the online shopping industry? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Reuters

Images courtesy of Samsung

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