Blockchain in Retail - Thematic Research

Blockchain in Retail - Thematic Research


The blockchain industry is a nascent industry, it is moving beyond the incubation phase, but it is still largely the domain of proof of concept projects and small-scale production deployments. Blockchain solutions require a network of parties to agree to use the network, agree the underlying business processes that will govern the network, and then to integrate their systems with the network. Blockchain allows organizations to transact business with one another without being subject to third-party control. However, this freedom comes at a significant cost.

Blockchain can help retailers to better track the provenance of stock, give them greater control over what they sell, and provide guarantees for food safety. The technology is particularly useful for controlling supply chains since every change to data such as manufacturing dates and locations can be tracked. This can eliminate the use of unreliable suppliers, child labor, and poor quality ingredients.

In addition, some retailers are experimenting with blockchain-based crypto currencies for loyalty schemes, which are more efficient and appealing for customers than traditional points based loyalty cards. By tracking every transaction in detail, customer preferences can be better identified, and correlations drawn by comparing products, basket sizes, store locations, and other details.

2018 will be a torrid year for blockchain technology, as the cost and complexity of implementing blockchain solutions becomes apparent, many of the early blockchain projects will either be quietly shelved in favor of more traditional approaches or they will evolve in a way which reduces their dependence on blockchain technology.

The report Blockchain in Retail - Thematic Research, offers a framework in which to look at Blockchain technology, summarizes the important trends, and identifies the key players.The report also helps in identifying winners and losers based on technology leadership, market position and other factors.

Companies Mentioned: Walmart, Starbucks,, ShopJoy, Santander, Ripple, Rakuten, R3, Ping An, Overstock, Nisa, Microsoft, LO3 Energy,, IBM, Goldman Sachs, Filament, Digital Asset Holdings, Credit China FinTech, Cognizant, Carrefour, BitFury, Axoni, Alibaba, Accenture


  • This report focuses on the benefits of blockchain technology for retailers.
  • To better track the provenance of stock, give them greater control over what they sell, and provide guarantees for food safety.
  • Some retailers are also experimenting with blockchain-based cryptocurrencies for loyalty schemes, which are more efficient and appealing for customers than traditional points based loyalty cards.
  • The report also analyses the cost and complexity of implementing blockchain solutions in retail.
  • The report highlights key players in the blockchain technology including Goldman Sachs, Citi, JP Morgan, Santander, IBM, SAP, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Accenture, Cognizant, and Cap Gemini, as well as retailers experimenting with blockchain such as Alibaba, Carrefour, and Walmart.
Reasons to buy
  • Blockchain technology will play a key role in a wide range of sectors, including financial services, industrial sector supply chains, and parts of the software sector.
  • The report highlights three broad use cases for blockchain - asset registries, finance platforms, and industrial platforms, and the key players within each category.
  • The report discusses some of the key trends in blockchain technology, classified under three categories - blockchain industry trends, blockchain use case trends, and blockchain trends in the retail industry.
  • The report further examines the blockchain value chain by use case, and an industry analysis of the blockchain theme.
  • The report explores the impact of blockchain on retail, through specific case studies and offers key recommendations for retailers and IT vendors.
  • The report also gives an overview of the impact of blockchain on the payments sector and the winners and losers in this sector.
  • The report provides a technology briefing of the blockchain theme; how it works and how it has developed over the last decade.

Blockchain industry trends
Blockchain use case trends
Blockchain trends in the retail industry
Asset registries
Financial services platforms
Industrial platforms
Permissioned DLT networks insert a degree of trust into the equation
Commercial blockchains are at least five years away
DLT faces several fundamental technical challenges
What are the primary use cases for blockchain technology?
Land registries
Digital fiat currencies
Smart grid
Commodity trading
Mergers and acquisitions
Retail case studies
Key recommendations for retailers
Key recommendations for IT vendors
Winners and losers in the payments sector
How has blockchain technology developed over the last decade?
How does blockchain work?
Public tech and financial services companies
Private tech companies
Retail companies

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