Bitcoin 

Around 300 Addresses Contain 80% of Tether Supply

The Massachusetts-based crypto market research firm Coin Metrics says that 318 addresses hold at least $1 million worth of Tether (USDT), comprising 80% of the global Tether supply. Bloomberg reported the company’s finding in a report on Aug. 7. Coin Metrics co-founder Nic Carter additionally mentioned that some of the USDT whales include major crypto exchanges, such as Binance and Bitfinex. The report additionally notes that this is staggeringly different from the distribution of Bitcoin (BTC), for which whales apparently hold only around 20% of the total token supply. Moreover,…

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Blockchain 

Grocery Involved in Nearly Half of all DLT Supply Chain Projects

The grocery sector is responsible for nearly half of all Distributed Ledger Technology-based (DLT) supply chain projects. UCL: grocery most active in DLT tracking Research conducted by the University College London centre for blockchain and retail blockchain consortium and published on Aug. 4 shows that the grocery industry has the highest number of DLT-based supply chain tracking projects. Per the report, nearly half of all the projects analyzed operate within the grocery sector, while about 15% respectively operate in the healthcare and fashion industries. Lastly, about 39% operate in other,…

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Blockchain 

UK Bank Standard Chartered Uses Blockchain for Supply Chain Finance

London-based bank and financial services firm Standard Chartered has completed its first joint blockchain-based supply chain financing transaction. Standard Chartered announced on Aug. 5 that the institution successfully ran their first joint deep-tier supply chain financing transaction in partnership with China-based supply chain financing service provider Linklogis. The news follows a memorandum of understanding signed by Standard Chartered and Linklogis in February 2019, when the firms agreed to collaborate on expanding the bank’s supply chain visibility, as well as to support sustainable growth of China’s economy and innovation. Linklogis platform…

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Bitcoin 

Bitcoin Passes New Milestone as Network Mines 85% of Its Total Supply

Bitcoin (BTC) now has 85% of its supply in circulation as of August 1, leaving just 3.15 million new coins for the next 120 years.  3.15 million bitcoins, 120 years According to data from monitoring resource Blockchain, Thursday saw Bitcoin miners extract the 17,850,000th unit as part of the transaction validation process.  As a result, due to the number of coins awarded to miners per block decreasing over time, the remaining supply will only be unlocked in the year 2140. Bitcoin has a total fixed supply of 21 million units. …

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Blockchain 

Binance Announces Burn of Team’s BNB Token Supply

Major cryptocurrency exchange Binance announced that it completed the eighth Binance Coin (BNB) token burn and that it intends to also burn the tokens allocated to its team in an announcement published on July 11. Per the announcement, 808,888 BNB (equivalent to over $23.7 million at press time) of the Binance’s team allocation have been burned in the event. The exchange notes that the burn is part of the firm’s commitment to burn a total of 100 million BNB tokens and that the team’s supply equates to 40% of the…

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Ethereum 

Korea’s LG Launches Blockchain Supply Chain Platform For School Lunches

LG CNS, a subsidiary of South Korean multinational conglomerate LG Corp., will apply blockchain to foster supply chain transparency for school cafeteria lunches. The news was reported by business technology site ZDNet on July 9. The new system — created in collaboration with local IT service provider SayIT — will be based on LG’s proprietary blockchain platform, “Monachain,” which first launched in May 2018.  In cooperation with regional governments, the system will be implemented for foods served at national school cafeterias and will provide transparent information and supply chain history…

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Bitcoin 

Blockchain Supply Chain Market to Reach Over $9B by 2025

The global blockchain supply chain market is expected to reach over $9 billion by 2025, according to a study published by market research and consulting firm Allied Market Research (AMR) on July 8. AMR estimates that the global blockchain supply chain market will amount to $9.85 billion by 2025, showing an 80.2% surge of the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2018 to 2025. Among the key driving factors, AMR named the sector’s demand for transparency, and improved security of supply chain transactions blockchain could purportedly ensure. By industry vertical,…

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Blockchain 

Nestlé Reveals Blockchain Supply Chain Tracking Pilot Program

Swiss-headquartered food retail giant Nestlé announced its intention to track its products along the supply chain with blockchain technology in a press release published on July 2. The project is jointly pursued with OpenSC. As Cointelegraph reported at the time, OpenSC is a blockchain platform launched through a partnership between WWF-Australia and global corporate venture BCG Digital Ventures in January. Nestlé claims that — thanks to this project — it becomes the first “major food and beverage company to announce that it will pilot open blockchain technology in this way.”…

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Ethereum 

Walmart China Will Track Food in Supply Chain with Vechain’s Thor Blockchain

Walmart China plans to track food through its supply chain with VeChain’s Thor blockchain, reveals a VeChain press release published on June 25. Per the release, the Walmart China Blockchain Traceability Platform (WCBTP) will be a joint venture by Walmart China, VeChain, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), cattle company Inner Mongolia Kerchin, and the China Chain-Store & Franchise Association. WCBTP has been reportedly announced at the 2019 China Products Safety Publicity Week Traceability System Construction Seminar jointly organized by Walmart China and the CCFA in Beijing. Walmart China already revealed 23 product lines…

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Blockchain 

Alyx Fashion Brand Launches IOTA-Powered Pilot for Supply Chain Transparency

Alyx — the luxe fashion brand founded by erstwhile Lady Gaga creative director and Kanye West collaborator Matthew Williams — is launching an IOTA-based pilot for supply chain transparency. The news was reported by industry magazine Vogue Business on June 24. Williams — who earned a 2016 LVMH Prize finalist nomination for his work at Alyx, and spearheaded brand partnerships with Moncler, Nike and Dior Men — has launched the blockchain pilot together with manufacturing giant Avery Dennison and London-based internet of things (IoT) software firm Evrythng. As reported, IOTA…

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