Influence of Growing Blockchain Fatigue on Supply Chain

Logistics Tech Outlook | Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Blockchain technology has gained a lot of exposure from the supply chain sector, but with it comes blockchain fatigue. Supply chain leaders are failing to find suitable use cases for blockchain technology mainly because supply chain blockchain projects are minimal.

FREMONT, CA: Blockchains, or using software and the cloud to track the movement of inventories, payments, and any other aspect of a digital landscape, have become an integral part of supply chains around the world. Blockchain can enhance effectiveness as well as transparency in a warehouse or other comparable environments when appropriately used.

Although the scheme is beneficial, still in some cases blockchain fatigue happens in the supply chain.

Blockchain Fatigue

As the name indicates, executives and supervisors are tired of finding out how to use blockchain in their equipment and how to maintain up-to-date their manufacturing procedures. Only 19 percent of surveyed company owners feel that blockchain is a helpful instrument for a technology that is called the best solution for supply chain effectiveness and transparency, and only 9 percent have invested in it. Blockchain stability is also at stake, as this technology is used mainly for cryptocurrencies trading. Once incredibly promising, the blockchain is slowly fading, leading to fatigue in the blockchain.

Blockchain Fatigue and the Supply Chain

More than 90% of supply chains based on blockchain software will demonstrate some signs of exhaustion by 2023, according to industry specialists. In particular, blockchain becomes challenging to apply because it is based fundamentally on trial and error. It is unlike an operating scheme or a warehouse management program that a manager can buy off the shelf.

Early adoption of blockchain can cause additional issues, particularly for businesses that provide global supplies or export products. Blockchain can make the work simpler if used correctly, but adopting is not simple and could lead to a multitude of issues. When it comes to international shipping, 61 percent of businesses cite incomplete or incorrect customs paperwork as one of the most significant aspects, and if you don't understand how to use supply chain blockchain correctly, you might end up making the work more difficult and damaging your effectiveness.

Most of the blockchain programs that got off the ground waste much of their time trying to check programming authenticity while enhancing visibility and transparency. Most of these programs don't make it past their pilot phase, and there are still highly restricted projects accessible.

How to Avoid Blockchain Fatigue?

Blockchain is still an emerging technology and is not always the safest choice, particularly for businesses that are concerned about protecting customer data or intellectual property. The best way to prevent blockchain fatigue is not to use it - or at least not until further advancement and reliability of its industrial apps.

Blockchain may still develop into something stable and helpful, but it's best for the time to monitor its progress before applying it in your industrial plant.

The Future of the Supply Chain

Supply chains have existed as long as they have been provided by warehouses and factories and will stay as long as there is trade. For businesses already adopting blockchain to handle their supply chain, blockchain fatigue is another obstacle to overcome. Over the next five years, companies that use blockchain to manage their supply chain are likely to begin experiencing blockchain fatigue.

If any organization hasn't made the shift yet, you may want to stop until the technology continues to evolve. Blockchain has proved helpful for mining bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, but use in supply chains on a big scale is not stable or safe enough at least not as designed. 

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