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Adopt blockchain or be disrupted, warns FedEx CEO

red Smith, chairman and CEO of FedEx, told an audience this week that those who don’t embrace blockchain technology will be left behind and disrupted.

The head of the logistics company sees great potential in blockchain technology to improve cross-border transfers, and relayed these thoughts to the crowd at CoinDesk’s Consensus 2018 conference in New York.

“Blockchain has the potential to completely revolutionise what’s across the border, ” he said. “For cross-border shipments, ‘trust’ is legal requirement for every transaction. What blockchain has is a potential for the first time ever to make the information available for everybody.

“If you are not operating at the edge of new technologies, you will surely be disrupted. If you are not willing to embrace new technologies like the internet of things and blockchain to face those new threats, you are, maybe subtly, at some point… going to extinction.”

In February, FedEx joined the Blockchain in Transportation Alliance (BiTA) in order to explore how best to utilise blockchain in its business.

CIO Robert Carter, also speaking at the event, added: “We move easily 12 millionshipments a day and that moer than doubles during the peak seasons. While we absolutely believe this technology is going to scale, right now it makes sense for us to do this in our freight world.

“The application of these custody chains… is so critical to the information aspect. We’re operating on this place between the physical world and the digital world.”

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