Jan has a food distribution business, he distributes locally as a wholesaler and distributes pallets to larger hubs that supply supermarkets, Jan took over the business from his father when he retired, they have 40 trucks and 125 employees, it’s a 7-day operation, tight margins and it’s hard to compete with the large transport companies.
Jan makes more money with local drops; he takes the pallet distribution for the turnover during quiet times. meaning a growing percentage of his money is made with volume jobs.
The paperwork and manual nature of dealing with different systems is always labor intensive, often more than the delivery itself. Drivers are naturally his biggest wage cost, but the administration department is a close second. Every time there is an issue / recall or food safety issue the administration department have to spend time tracking and tracing the issue to find the root of the problem, moreover his local trade is becoming more demanding and are demanding more efficiency and faster delivery times.
How can ChefChain help?
Jan can set himself up on chefchain and create transport blocks. Access to the blockchain will allow him to connect and sell products that are on the blockchain and have a data flow to please his ever demanding local trade, by adopting the blockchain he can target food recalls to a single batch or single box saving money on food waste and valuable admin time. His blocks would contain the following information:
- Business address
- Vehicle information including maintenance records
- Driver information
- HACCP Compliance forms (temp – cleaning – cross contamination)
- Route information (real time) starting point & destination
- Batch & pallet information
- Business certifications (ISO 2000)
- And more…
With this information Jan can conduct good due diligence and can be able to deal with any food safety enquiries by simply looking into the blockchain and referring them to the block in question. When information about transporting items from farmers and suppliers are on the blockchain, details of the transport block can be included in those specific produce and food blocks allowing for greater due diligence and provenance almost underpinning the automation that will inevitably come.