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Imagine a transport and logistics (T&L) industry uncluttered by checks and balances but just as reliable. That’s the vision of a team of Boston Consulting Group analysts, who make a strong case for why the T&L industry must resolve the trust paradox preventing it from adopting blockchain solutions. The technology could help your company cut costs and improve profit margins while operating better and faster.

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Andrew Schmahl, Sanjaya Mohottala, Kaj Burchardi, Camille Egloff, Jacqueline Govers, Ted Chan and Markos Giakoumelos are professionals with the Boston Consulting Group.



A blockchain paradox afflicts the transportation and logistics (T&L) industry: Blockchain’s distributed, transparent ledgers could ease the distrust hampering industry collaborators, but that very distrust prevents them from embracing a blockchain solution. A 2018 survey of T&L business leaders showed that while most believed blockchain would reshape their industry in two to five years, 74% of them have considered blockchain solutions only “superficially” – or not at all. The executives cited poor industry coordination, a lack of in-house know-how and insufficient understanding of blockchain as barriers to adoption. In truth, blockchain...

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