Oracle at the Forefront of Retail Blockchain Consortium Launch

February 9, 2019 | 3 minute read
Mary Hall
Director, Oracle Blockchain Product Marketing
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Oracle has joined with UCLCRT and MONOCHAIN to launch a Retail Blockchain Consortium (RBC) designed to advance the use of distributed ledger technologies within the Retail Industry.  The challenges facing retailers include food safety/freshness, counterfeit goods, supply chain issues from logistics to manufacturing.  Working groups within the consortium include organizations spread across the retail value chain from fashion designers & luxury brands to grocery stores and manufacturers. The consortium is presently open to all interested parties to apply for an invitation to be invited to join the group,

Membership in the Retail Blockchain Consortium

Membership in the Retail Blockchain Consortium (RBC) is complementary for the first year if you join by April 2019. 

Benefits of membership include:

  • Access to workshops run by industry thought leaders
  • Intensive educational and technical accredited courses run by experts.
  • Participation in members-only events and committees on blockchain applications within the retail value chain.
  • Opportunity to lead working groups, focused on your business challenges
  • Helping to drive CSR and improve the environment, through relevant use of Blockchain
  • Access to the latest academic retail focused research on Blockchain from the world’s leading universities.

Why blockchain technology can enhance the retail value chain

The advantages for blockchain to improve the value chain for the retail business are significant. By putting data and transactions on the digital ledger, the speed of transactions can be quicker, paper based processes can be eliminated, goods can be traced across diverse supply chains and finally fake goods can be filtered out and exposed as "non-authentic."

The initial working groups: fashion and grocery supply chain on blockchain

RBC is kicking off with two initial working groups.  A grocery supply chain group will be on using blockchain for tracking of food sourcing, food freshness and inventory control.  The fashion working group will focus on using blockchain technology to verify authentic fashion and luxury goods and to develop ethical sourcing and sustainable fashion solutions. For fashion brands, blockchain can provide tamper-resistant record-keeping of their garments via tags bearing a printed QR code to track all their info that can be stored on the digital ledger. In the UK, designer Martine Jarlgaard is using blockchain technology to authenticate the unique British Alpaca wool from sheep used to create knitwear and other garments.  Innovative use cases like this to verify the authenticity of the materials used to create fashions are important to consumers when making their retail fashion choices-consumers want to know "who made my clothes" and what materials are used.

Working groups for Pharmaceutical Supply Chain and B2B Supply Chain are also currently underway.

If you are interested in working with the Retail Blockchain Consortium, please visit the RBC website to learn more.  From Oracle, executives Antony Welfare & Peter Bambridge are founding partners in the Retail Blockchain Consortium

To learn more about blockchain technology and how it may be able to help your business visit the Oracle Blockchain website




Mary Hall

Director, Oracle Blockchain Product Marketing

Mary Hall is Director of Oracle Blockchain Product Marketing. In this role, Mary works to develop sales tools, marketing materials, case studies, web pages, videos, sales enablement training, events, blogs, social media, infographics and other marketing essentials.

Prior to joining Oracle, Mary worked at IBM for over 13 years, most recently working on Blockchain. In addition to her work with IBM, Mary has worked at consulting firms and Internet start-ups. This year, Mary was voted one of the “Top 100 Women in Blockchain” by Richtopia. She has also been voted one of the Top 100 Influencers in the area of Identity by One World Identity.  Mary has won many awards for marketing hardware & software products, as well as social media and digital marketing. A passionate creator of content on a wide variety of topics, Mary’s writing has been featured in The Huffington Post, The New York Times and on CNN Headline News. 

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