Blockchain Technology Solutions for Supply Chains

  • Marius Bjerkenes
  • Moutaz HaddaraEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1069)


Blockchain has become one of the most promising technologies in various industries. Within the supply chain management (SCM) domain, many researchers and practitioners argue that blockchain technologies can transform the supply chain for the better and shape its future. This review seeks to identify, summarize and analyze the extant literature in order to pinpoint the potential key benefits that the blockchain technologies can introduce into supply chains. Thus, this review aims at presenting the possible solutions that can address common supply chains issues when integrated with blockchain technologies. Six benefits are identified in literature; increased transparency, enhanced security, high veracity of data, cost-reductions, trust and better contract execution. In addition, several challenges were also discussed. Moreover, this paper may provide insights for those who seek pinpointing further research avenues in the blockchain within the SCM context.


Blockchain Supply Chain Management Literature review 


  1. 1.
    Brody, P. How blockchain is revolutionizing supply chain management. Digit. Mag. 2017Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Christopher, M.: Logistics & Supply Chain Management. Pearson, UK (2016)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Titze, C., Searle, S., Klappich: The 2018 Top 8 Supply Chain Technology Trends You Can’t Ignore. (2018).–supply-chain-technology. Accessed 9 Nov 2018
  4. 4.
    Nakamoto, S.: Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System (2008)Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Blaxter, L.: How to Research. McGraw-Hill Education, UK (2010)Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Webster, J., Watson, R.: Analyzing the past to prepare for the future: Writing a literature review. MIS Q. xiii–xxiii (2002)Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    White, G.R.: Future applications of blockchain in business and management: A delphi study. Strateg. Change 26(5), 439–451 (2017)MathSciNetCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    Swan, M.: Blueprint for a New Economy. O’Reilly Media Inc (2015)Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Tian, F.: An agri-food supply chain traceability system for China based on RFID & blockchain technology. In: International Conference on Service Systems and Service Management (ICSSSM), pp. 1–6 (2016)Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Apte, S., Petrovsky, N.: Will blockchain technology revolutionize excipient supply chain management? J. Excip. Food Chem. 7(3), 910 (2016)Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Bocek, T., Rodrigues, B., Strasser, T., Stiller, B.: Blockchains everywhere-a use-case of blockchains in the pharma supply-chain. In: IFIP/IEEE Symposium on Integrated Network and Service, pp. 772–777 (2017)Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Chen, S., Shi, R., Ren, Z., Yan, J., Shi, Y., Zhang, J.: A blockchain-based supply chain quality management framework. In: e-Business Engineering (ICEBE), 2017 IEEE 14th International Conference, pp. 172–176 (2017)Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Korpela, K., Hallikas, J., Dahlberg, T.: Digital supply chain transformation toward blockchain integration. In: Proceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (2017)Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Nakasumi, M.: Information sharing for supply chain management based on block chain technology. In: Conference on Business Informatics (CBI), vol. 1, pp. 140–149 (2017)Google Scholar
  15. 15.
    O’Leary, D.E.: Configuring blockchain architectures for transaction information in blockchain consortiums: the case of accounting and supply chain systems. Intell. Syst. Acc. Financ. Manag. 24(4), 138–147 (2017)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. 16.
    Alangot, B., Achuthan, K.: Trace and track: enhanced pharma supply chain infrastructure to prevent fraud. In: International Conference on Ubiquitous Communications and Network Computing, pp. 189–195 (2017)Google Scholar
  17. 17.
    Wu, H., Li, Z., King, B., Ben Miled, Z., Wassick, J., Tazelaar, J.: A distributed ledger for supply chain physical distribution visibility. Information 8(4), 137 (2017)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  18. 18.
    Leng, K., Bi, Y., Jing, L., Fu, H., Nieuwenhuyse, V.: Research on agricultural supply chain system with double chain architecture based on blockchain technology. Future Gen. Comput. Syst. 86, 641–649 (2018)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. 19.
    Kshetri, N.: Blockchain’s roles in meeting key supply chain management objectives. Int. J. Inf. Manag. 39, 80–89 (2018)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  20. 20.
    Jabbar, K., Bjørn, P.: Infrastructural grind: introducing blockchain technology in the shipping domain. In: Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Conference on Supporting Groupwork, pp. 297–308 (2018)Google Scholar
  21. 21.
    Fransisco, K., Swanson, D.: The supply chain has no clothes: technology adoption of blockchain for supply chain transparency. Logistics 2(1), 2 (2018)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  22. 22.
    Casado-Vara, R., Prieto, J., De la Prieta, F., Corchado, J.: How blockchain improves the supply chain: case study alimentary supply chain. Procedia Comput. Sci. 134, 393–398 (2018)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  23. 23.
    Lu, Q., Xu, X.: Adaptable blockchain-based systems: a case study for product traceability. IEEE Softw. 34(6), 21–27 (2017)CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kristiania University CollegeOsloNorway

Personalised recommendations