Starbucks to Use Azure to Track Coffee Supply Chain

As planned, customers of coffee shops will be able to track the movement of coffee from the country of origin to their cup
07 May 2019   248

Starbucks uses Microsoft’s Azure Blockchain service to control the coffee production process, Geekwire reports.

Starbucks’s work on integrating the blockchain into its operations began in 2018 with a grain-in-a-cup initiative aimed at tracking coffee supplies from farmers from Costa Rica, Colombia and Rwanda. It was assumed that customers of coffee shops will be able to track the movement of coffee from the country of origin to their cup. In addition, with the help of its blockchain initiative, Starbucks expects to expand the financial capabilities of planters.

As noted in the company, the results of the pilot project will be open to all interested participants. To implement the task, they contacted Microsoft and its division Azure.

According to Geekwire, the two companies presented many joint initiatives at the Build conference held on Monday, organized by Microsoft. Other projects are associated, for example, with the predicted order processing “on the go” and the addition of equipment to coffee shops that has connection to the Internet of Things.

Microsoft announced the launch of the blockchain-as-service service of Azure Blockchain last week, calling Quorum, developed by JPMorgan on the Ethereum codebase, as the first supported blockchain.

Microsoft & EEA to Create Token Taxonomy Initiative

As reported, EEA intends to act as a platform for the the Token Taxonomy Initiative, which involves the Hyperledger, R3 and Digital Asset Holdings consorti
18 April 2019   237

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) blockchain consortium launched a project with Microsoft to help businesses develop and create tokens to solve specific problems.

The EEA intends to act as a platform for the Token Taxonomy Initiative, which involves the Hyperledger, R3 and Digital Asset Holdings consortia. At the same time, IBM and Intel, JP Morgan financial holding, ConsenSys blockchain start-up and many others will participate in the project.

According to Ron Reznick, Director General of the EEA, various seminars will be available to specialists as well as the GitHub repository as part of the initiative. Already existing tokens on different blockchains will be tested, and then reduced to a single standard.

Microsoft Chief Architect Marley Gray noted that during his work with the Microsoft Azure cloud platform and EEA, he often encountered various industry consortia that spent a lot of time trying to understand “how best tokenize, for example, a barrel of oil”.

Thus, as part of the initiative, it is planned to create a token constructor so that any person, even without being a technical specialist, can explain to developers what he wants from an asset.

Last year, EEA and another leading blockchain consortium Hyperledger announced a partnership that provides for the creation of uniform standards for corporate distributed networks developed by the participants of these two organizations.