Chain Business Insights, an independent research firm focused on the application of blockchain for supply chain management and trade finance, has announced the launch of its membership services. It has also published its debut eBook, titled ‘Blockchain Meets Supply Chain: Rewiring Business Operations for the Digital Age’.

Ken Cottrill, co-founder and research principal at Chain Business Insights, stated: “Proof of concepts are already underway to apply blockchain to supply chain management. IBM, Walmart and Maersk are among the organizations leading the way.”

The goal of Chain Business Insights is to enable supply chain professionals to keep abreast of these and other proof of concepts as they advance into pilot programs and eventually into production. The company provides in-depth analysis on where blockchain, supply chain and trade finance converge to improve business operations.

Co-founder and research principal at Chain Business Insights, Peter Harris said: “The financial services industry is well positioned to leverage blockchain – including for trade finance. Chain Business Insights believes there is huge potential to learn from these FSI experiences to solve similar problems in supply chain management, reshape global supply chains and enhance competitiveness of enterprises worldwide,”

Blockchain Meets Supply Chain: Rewiring Business Operations for the Digital Age is a primer for people who want to learn about blockchain basics and potential applications in supply chain management. The eBook explains how blockchain can be used to improve efficiency and reduce fraud, support ethical and sustainable supply chains, facilitate trade transactions and comply with regulations. It also discusses blockchain implementation challenges and strategy.

Cottrill has deep industry knowledge of supply chain management, logistics, and international trade. He has worked as a writer, editor, and communications leader with many organizations in Europe and the U.S. including the Economist Intelligence Unit, The Guardian, Harvard Business School Publishing and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and co-founded several publishing ventures. He gained experience as a logistics practitioner in the ocean shipping industry.

Sherree DeCovny, another co-founder, has experience including dealing in physical commodities as well as various cash and derivatives products. Since 1991, she has been producing thought leadership content for financial firms, technology vendors, asset managers, trade associations, management consultants, research analysts, educational institutions and trade publications. DeConvy has worked with organizations such as Nasdaq, BNY Mellon and the CFA Institute. She is also a member of the Women’s Bond Club and the New York Financial Writers Association.

Harris has worked with disruptive and transformative enterprise technologies for nearly 40 years. A former software architect and IT project manager at the London Stock Exchange, he has worked with IT leaders, such as Cisco Systems, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and SAP, to expose their technology to the global financial services space via thought leadership creation and leading B2B events.

Final co-founder Jen Massing Harris has more than two decades of public relations and marketing communications experience, beginning her public relations career at Spring O’Brien, serving as VP of PR & Marketing at the first financial cloud analytics and market data provider The Beast.com, and opening the New York City operation for Write Image (now Metia). Jen has worked across many verticals, including fintech, mHealth and cyber security. She focuses on market positioning, new product launches, strategic partnerships and capital raising initiatives.

In addition, Chain Business Insights is offering a discounted membership fee for a limited time.

 

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Based near Windsor, England, Matthew Warner is an enthusiast for innovative, cutting edge technologies. He is a B.Eng. graduate in engineering with honors from the University of Warwick and also holds an PGCE in education degree. Matthew is a member of Mensa.