New Industrial Blockchain Solution Launched by Walmart Canada, DLT Labs

On November 14 Walmart Canada and DLT Labs announced the roll-out of a new blockchain-based freight and payment network that they're calling the "world's largest full blockchain solution for any industrial application."

The real-time system will provide a number of services for Walmart Canada, including delivery tracking, transaction verification, payment automation and reconciliation, and work between carriers and Walmart's retail stores.

"The new blockchain-based freight and payment network manages, integrates and synchronizes all the supply chain and logistics data....between Walmart Canada and its fleet of third-party trucks on a shared ledger," the company explained. "The solution also automates the myriad necessary calculations enabling real-time invoicing, payments and settlement. At the same time, it seamlessly integrates with each company's legacy systems, so organizations can continue to follow their existing processes without retraining or a new investment in technology."

"Walmart Canada's distribution centers are hubs of activity, with more than 4,500 associates and drivers moving thousands of items daily from sites located in Calgary, Mississauga and Cornwall to stores from coast to coast across Canada. Walmart Canada operates 8.75 million square feet of distribution center and moves more than 853 million cases of merchandise annually," the companies said.

The new system is schedule to go live February 1, 2020, and will be accessible to users via a Web portal and a mobile app.

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Becky Nagel is the vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Converge360 Group, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital projects at the company, including launching and running the group's popular virtual summit and Coffee talk series . She an experienced tech journalist (20 years), and before her current position, was the editorial director of the group's sites. A few years ago she gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web browser technology would impact online advertising for publishers. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.