Today, the Walmart China Blockchain Traceability Platform, built on the VeChainThor blockchain, was announced at the 2019 China Products Safety Publicity Week Traceability System Construction Seminar.
This seminar was jointly organized by Walmart China and the CCFA in Beijing. The announcement was in combination with Walmart China, China Chain-Store & Franchise Association (CCFA), PwC, Inner Mongolia Kerchin Co., Ltd., and VeChain.
The announcement of the Walmart China Blockchain Traceability Platform came with the introduction to the first batch of 23 product lines, that have now been tested and launched. The Platform is expected to scale by another 100 product lines by the end of the year covering more than 10 product categories including fresh meat product, rice, mushrooms, cooking oil, etc.
It is expected that Walmart China’s traceability system will see traceable fresh meat account for 50% of the total sales of packaged fresh meat, traceable vegetables will account for 40% of the total sales of packaged vegetables, and traceable seafood will account for 12.5% of the total sales of seafood by the end of 2020.
By scanning the desired products, customers can acquire detailed information, including the source of the scanned products and geographic location received by Walmart, logistics process, product inspection report, and many more data points. Data collection and data availability are to be continually added to the scale of the platform and its use of blockchain technology.
“The launch of the Blockchain Traceability Platform by Walmart China, the world-class retail giant, is of great significance to the commercial application of blockchain technology. VeChain will work with Walmart China to actively take heed of the call of the government, by utilizing technology to promote the traceability of fresh food, and to provide innovative solutions for the traceability platform through digital technology, so as to generate more transparent and reassuring consumption experience.”
– Kevin Feng, Chief Operating Officer of VeChain
As a retailer trusted by consumers, Walmart has been devoted to improving food safety and quality management, and VeChain’s blockchain technology will enable it to take the lead in traceability management among retail peers.
“Walmart has always worked to provide reliable products of quality and convenient services to customers, which is our core value proposition. With this target in mind, Walmart has continuously invested in the whole supply chain, from source procurement and commodity strategy, supply chain construction, to store and e-commerce platform operation management. We use digital methods to improve efficiency and transparency, providing products and services of quality to customers and making life better for busy families in China. ”
– Shi Jiaqi, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer of Walmart China
Domestic customers are proposing higher demands on food safety, digitalization of food traceability will help suppliers to increase their brand value and win their consumers’ trust. Walmart China expects the use of the platform to continue to grow in scope, accounted scales, and geographic implementation. As the platform continues to expand, more categories of food will be traceable and thus the value transfer will be further expanded in the industry reflected on the VeChainThor blockchain.
Through the technical support of PwC and VeChain, Walmart China has built the proprietary food safety traceability platform on the VeChainThor blockchain. Participants in the supply chain will share their portion of data, and promote the visibility and management efficiency of the whole chain by utilizing the decentralized and tamper-proof blockchain technology.
This platform enhances the transparency of product information, ensures the authenticity of product data, and boosts the trust of their consumers. In the future, the Walmart China Traceability Platform shall adopt multilateral cooperation, synchronizing data from local governments’ traceability platforms and suppliers’ own platforms, so as to provide customers with safe and high-quality products, all on the VeChainThor Blockchain.