Walmart China announced on June 25 that it has partnered with a local trade association, a beef producer, consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and blockchain firm VeChain to create the Walmart China Blockchain Traceability Platform.
A new blockchain-based energy trading platform that encourages corporate energy consumers to trade power among themselves when the grid is strained by high demand led to a 40 percent improvement in efficiency in a simulation, Japanese multinational Fujitsu announced on Jan. 30.
With the announcement on Jan. 16 that three major oil and gas firms including Chevron, Total, and Reliance Industries have joined Vakt, the energy-industry enterprise blockchain company now has five of the 10 largest oil firms by market capitalization on board.
On Dec. 10, insurance giant State Farm announced that it is testing a blockchain-based solution to improve the speed and accuracy with which auto insurance claims are settled. In testing the solution, the largest provider of auto insurance in the United States is following up on several years of study and interest by the insurance industry in ways the distributed ledger technology underlying blockchain and cryptocurrencies can benefit various lines of coverage offered by the multi-trillion-dollar industry. Specifically, State Farm is looking into blockchain’s use in subrogation, the process by which the at-fault insurer compensates the injured party’s insurer for costs paid to settle a damages claim. “Today, subrogation is…