Nestlé on propagating digital thinking & pioneering the use of blockchains 25456

Nestl

AS COMPANIES embrace technology and add digital to their DNA, they realize that the sky is the limit. Of course, digital thinking skills are critical, and that’s what sets organizations such as Nestlé apart from its competitors.

The company has been working on the Chain of Origin project — an effort to bring more transparency into the supply chain — which has just been shortlisted for an award in the ‘Operating Model Mastery‘ category at the IDC Digital Transformation Awards.

Ahead of the award ceremony, Tech Wire Asia caught up with Nestlé Digital Technology Manager Armin Nehzat to learn how the company propagates digital thinking and its success pioneering the use of blockchains in the Chain of Origin project.

“The company, on a global level, has seen the need to develop in a digital way. We launched a global program called DAT (Digital Acceleration Team) where members of the brand teams are exposed to digital projects.

“Members of the DAT also have the ability to go on missions to other Nestlé offices in order to propagate digital thinking and complete briefs based on brand & consumer problems and needs, usually on smaller budgets and condensed timelines.

For the Chain of Origin project, the company took a similar approach and started with an initial proof of concept that did not require an investment. That helped the team present the business case and secure funding for development.

According to Nehzat, the Chain of Origin project has been a tad more challenging than most others.

“It has been testing how quickly we can move as an organization to completely review how we do business. From sourcing products at the micro lot level, all the way through to tracking products individually to the end consumers.

In order to succeed, the company adopted a “start-up” mindset approach, deploying small teams with the ability to solve problems on the go.

However, Nehzat plans on taking the learnings from this project and transferring them to things that the organization pursues in the future.

“While we are starting the transformation on a small scale with a new brand, we are looking to see how this could scale to other product offers. So I guess it’s more of a long term journey rather than a short term bet.”

Previous ArticleNext Article

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Trump and Reagan Advisors Join Frax to Launch World’s First Fully Decentralized Global Currency 18093

Frax, the world’s first algorithmic and fully decentralized stablecoin on the blockchain today announced Stephen Moore, Trump economic advisor and former Federal Reserve nominee, and Ralph Benko, former Reagan deputy general counsel, joined the company’s executive team.

Moore and Benko are joining Sam Kazemian, co-founder of Everipedia and Frax to launch the first fully decentralized global currency aimed at eliminating currency transaction costs, while inhibiting currency manipulation, which is commonplace throughout the world.

Moore is joining Frax as co-founder and is a distinguished economist who plans to apply the skills and experience he acquired from the decades of financial public policy work at the highest levels.

“Frax is creating a new global economic monetary paradigm,” said Stephen Moore, chief economic officer at Frax. “Central banks will soon feel the competition from private currencies such as Frax. Currencies are intended to retain their value over time, but given the wild gyration in values of currencies and the struggle in many countries with hyperinflation, we need a global currency that has a stable value to benefit consumers, businesses and investors.”

Frax is the first algorithmically-driven global currency that is fully decentralized and backed by fractional reserves. All loans of Frax’s reserve assets are done on the blockchain, which eliminates the need for a central bank and ensures that Frax owners have complete confidentiality in how they spend their funds. As a noncustodial stablecoin, users can reliably trade the token around the world without fear for privacy invasions, government shut-downs and most importantly – price manipulations. Owners of Frax can send money around the world without worrying about remittances or fees meaning people can ensure that the money they send abroad will stay the same value today and tomorrow.

Benko also joins the executive team as general counsel. He is a national economic thought leader, a former deputy general counsel to President Ronald Reagan and was senior counselor to the Chamber of Digital Commerce, the leading trade association for the blockchain ecosystem.

“Frax’s unique and elegant design offers the prospect for success where other stablecoins have struggled,” said Benko. “It will empower owners to trade in a currency that they know will remain a stable unit of account and store of value and transparent and reliable across the globe. We aspire to make Frax what Bank of England governor Mark Carney called the ‘synthetic hegemonic currency’ of the future.”

“It is an honor to have Stephen and Ralph join Frax as we launch the world’s first truly decentralized stablecoin,” said Sam Kazemian, Everipedia co-founder and CEO of Frax. “With both of their exceptional perspectives, we are making a reliable, safe and secure stablecoin designed to make the world’s international financial and monetary system more stable and efficient, transforming the world of finance forever.”

About Stephen Moore

Huobi Unveils Plans for Fiat Gateway for Turkish Lira and Strategy for Huobi Turkey at Eurasia Blockchain Summit Istanbul 18555

Huobi Global announced ambitious plans for Turkey at the Eurasia Blockchain Summit, starting with the launch of a Turkish Lira (TRY) fiat gateway. Huobi reveals the fiat gateway is the first to be launched by a global exchange, providing Turkish users an accessible gateway to trade more assets with greater liquidity. During its opening remarks, the leading exchange platform and host of the inaugural event in Istanbul also unveiled the successful formation of a local team, localized language option on web (https://www.hbg.com/tr-tr/) and mobile app, exclusive trading fees, and a detailed strategy for Huobi Turkey and its crypto-friendly population.

The wave of conference announcements follows Huobi’s previous declaration to expand into the Turkish market. The Turkish Lira (TRY) on-ramp is estimated to be launched by year’s end with a TRY/USDT pairing. The service will provide users a means to easily deposit fiat currency via wire transfer and exchange for Tether (USDT) to trade crypto-to-crypto on Huobi Global. Alongside the launch announcement, Huobi also took the opportunity to outline an exclusive fee program for Turkish users to trade with 50% discount on transaction fees (0.1%) and as low as 0.07% transaction fees by holding Huobi Token (HT). The All Star VIP Program will also open to Turkish professional traders to trade with fees as low as 0.0078% across both Spot and Margin trades.

“In June, we first announced a series of initiatives to be rolled out in Turkey over the next several months, and we have since fulfilled these promises to the Turkish community,” said Livio Weng, CEO of Huobi Global. “Turkey is an important region for us, and we plan to bring Huobi’s six years of industry expertise, advanced ecosystem, and a standard of trust to the market, and trigger key conversations around long overdue for a thriving crypto community.

Mohit Davar, Regional President of Huobi Group, announced during the summit the establishment of a local team to head up its community, customer service, and business development efforts on the ground.

“Beginning with the landmark introduction of TRY/USDT trading, we will continue to demonstrate our deep commitment to the community via localized approaches to grow the market directly from our team in Istanbul,” said Davar.

The first annual Eurasia Blockchain Summit successfully brought together key industry leaders, Turkish government officials, and C-level representatives from local banks. Hosts Huobi Group and Kemer Partners realized their vision to have leading blockchain companies sit together with local establishments and discuss how they can support new projects as well as collaborate with traditional enterprises to adopt blockchain technology. Huobi Group CFO Chris Lee, Huobi University President Jianing Yu, and Huobi Research CEO Hubery Yuan all made appearances at the summit where they met with Turkish startups and projects to discuss partnerships at the local level.

Turkey has evolved into a thriving crypto-friendly nation and a theater of commerce for exchanges and blockchain businesses. Last month, the Turkish government revealed plans to create a national blockchain infrastructure to aid the public deployment of distributed ledger technology. Bitcoin is as popular as forex in Turkey, where 20% of the populace owns cryptocurrency, and the Lira is the fifth most popular fiat-crypto pair in the world.

Crypto.com: Earn Up to 8% p.a. on PAX Gold (PAXG) Deposits 19007

Crypto.com, the pioneering payments and cryptocurrency platform, announced today that it has added PAXG to Crypto Earn, allowing users to enjoy up to 8% p.a. on their deposits.

PAX Gold (PAXG) is an asset-backed digital token where each token represents one fine troy ounce (t oz) of London Good Delivery gold, stored in professional vault facilities in London. Anyone who owns PAXG owns the underlying physical gold, held in custody by Paxos Trust Company.

Crypto Earn now supports 15 coins for holders to maximize their returns, including BTC, ETH, LTC, XRP, BNB, TUSD, PAX, USDC, MCO, BAT, LINK, CRO, MKR, and DAI, with the addition of PAXG. Interest is paid out weekly in the coin deposited with flexible, 1-month or 3-month terms available. Users earn more by staking at least 500 MCO.

About PAX Gold

PAX Gold (PAXG) is an asset-backed token where one token represents one fine troy ounce of a London Good Delivery gold bar, stored in professional vault facilities. Anyone who owns PAXG has ownership rights to that gold under the custody of Paxos Trust Company. Since PAXG represents physical gold, its value is tied directly to the real-time market value of that physical gold. On the Paxos platform, customers can convert their tokens to allocated gold, unallocated gold, or fiat currency (and vice versa) quickly and efficiently, reducing their exposure to settlement risk. For more information, visit: https://www.paxos.com/paxgold.

About Crypto.com

Crypto.com was founded in 2016 on a simple belief: it’s a basic human right for everyone to control their money, data and identity. With over 1 million users on its platform today, Crypto.com provides a powerful alternative to traditional financial services, turning its “vision of cryptocurrency in every wallet” into reality, one customer at a time. Crypto.com is built on a solid foundation of security, privacy and compliance and is the first cryptocurrency company in the world to have CCSS Level 3, ISO27001:2013 and PCI:DSS 3.2.1, Level 1 compliance. Crypto.com is headquartered in Hong Kong with a 170+ strong team. For more information, please visit www.crypto.com.

Altcoins: LINK, HT, XRP and TRX 20155

LINK/USD

Chainlink (Link) has been among the top performers for the past three consecutive weeks. This shows that it is backed by momentum. However, after the stellar rise, can it continue its uptrend or will it succumb to profit booking?

LINK/USD

The LINK/USD pair recently closed above $2.0531 and this triggered our buy which was suggested in an earlier analysis. Our first target of $2.8498 was achieved last week, which shows that the bulls are not expecting a large fall, hence, are buying at higher levels.

Though the bulls pushed the price above $2.8498 during the week, they have not been to sustain the breakout. This shows profit booking by the short-term traders at the resistance level. However, with the rise in the past two weeks, the 20-week EMA has started to turn up, which shows that the advantage is with the bulls.

If the bulls can propel the price above $3, we expect the up move to reach $4 and above it $4.5826. Conversely, if the bulls fail to scale above $3, the pair might remain range-bound for a few more weeks. Our view will be invalidated on a break below $1.4612.

BNB/USD

Binance Coin (BNB) has made a comeback into this list after a long absence. Let’s look at the events of the past seven days that have ignited trader’s interest in it. Recently, the exchange launched the eighth phase of its lending product which allows owners to earn an annualized percentage yield of as high as 10% for a few cryptocurrencies.

Expanding its services, Binance launched peer-to-peer trading for its Android app users in China. The service will be available for Bitcoin, Ether and Tether (USDT) against the Chinese yuan. Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao said that this service will be expanded to other regions soon. Zhao also confirmed that users are able to use WeChat or Alipay for P2P transactions for payment, but both companies swiftly denied that this was true. Has BNB bottomed out or is it ready for an up move? Let’s study its chart.

BNB/USD

The bears could not capitalize on the sharp breakdown below $18.30 over the past two weeks. This resulted in a pullback that can carry the BNB/USD pair to the resistance line of the channel. As the downsloping 20-week EMA is also located at this level, we anticipate the bears to defend this resistance.

If the price turns down from the resistance line of the channel, it can again dip towards $14.2555. A breakdown of this support will resume the downtrend but if the price rebounds off this level, it will indicate a bottom formation.

A breakout and close above the channel will indicate an end of the downtrend. Traders can initiate a long position on a close (UTC time) above the channel and keep a stop loss of $14. The first target will be a move to $33 and above it, a retest of the lifetime highs is possible.

HT/USD

Huobi Token (HT) rallied just above 10% in the past seven days and turned out to be the third best performer. Investors are now wondering whether it bottomed out and is now ready for the next leg of its upside move?

HT/USD

The pullback in the HT/USD pair found support just below the 50% retracement level of the rally from the lows of $0.88 to the highs of $5.3506. This is a positive sign and it shows that bulls are stepping in to buy on dips.

On the upside, the bulls might face some resistance at $3.67 and $4.37. If both levels are crossed, a rally to $5.3506 will be on the cards. Traders can wait for the price to rise and close (UTC time) above the 20-week EMA before buying. A stop loss can be kept at $2.90.

Our bullish view will be invalidated if the pair turns down from one of the overhead resistance levels and plummets below $2.90. If that happens, a dip to $2.5878 is possible.

XRP/USD

Ripple has merged three of its services, xRapid, xVia, and xCurrent, into its RippleNet offering. With this move, “instead of buying xCurrent or xVia, customers will connect to RippleNet — on-premises or through the cloud — and instead of buying xRapid, clients will use On-Demand Liquidity,” said a Ripple spokesperson.

Bank of America (BoA) is also rumored to have hired a “treasury product manager” for Ripple. This shows that the bank is warming up to cryptocurrencies in some form. Similarly, United Kingdom-based financial software firm Finastra has joined RippleNet, which will help its customers with cheaper and faster cross-border payments.

For the past few days, Ripple Labs has been at the receiving end of criticism by some community members. However, Ripple CEO, Brad Garlinghouse, defended the company and said that its transparency has made it vulnerable to attack. While the  fundamentals are encouraging, has the technical picture also turned positive? Let’s study XRP’s chart.

XRP/USD

The relief rally in the past two weeks reached the first overhead resistance at the 20-week EMA. A breakout of this level will again hit a roadblock close to the 50-week simple moving average (SMA) and above it at the downtrend line of the descending triangle. If the bulls push the price above the triangle, it will invalidate the bearish pattern, which is a bullish sign.

Aggressive traders can buy on a close (UTC time) above the 20-week EMA and keep a stop loss of $0.215. Risk-averse traders, however, should wait for the price to breakout and close above the triangle to buy.

Both moving averages are flattening out and the RSI is gradually rising to the midpoint. This suggests that the selling pressure has subsided. Our view will be invalidated if the pair turns down from one of the overhead resistance levels and plunges below $0.22.

TRX/USD

This week Tron (TRX) has teamed up with the Stellar Development Foundation to form a new educational alliance that will provide working knowledge about blockchain technology to  university students. Let’s see if we can spot a buy setup on the TRX/USDT pair.

TRX/USD

The TRX/USDT pair is facing resistance close to $0.018660. This level has acted as a stiff barrier over the past few weeks. If the bulls fail to scale it once again, the pair might again dip towards the critical support of $0.011240. A breakdown of this support will be a negative sign and could point toward a new downtrend.

However, if the bulls can push the price above $0.018660 with strength, the large range of $0.011240-$0.0409111 will come into play. It is possible that the moving averages could act as resistance but we expect them to be crossed. Therefore, traders can buy on a close (UTC time) above $0.01860 with a stop loss of $0.0110. The first target target being $0.030 and above it $0.0409111.

The market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange.

SimplyVital Health, Inc. Awarded Competitive Grant from the National Science Foundation for its HIPAA Compatible Blockchain Protocol 21141

SimplyVital Health, Inc. (SVH) has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant for $225,000 to conduct research and development (R&D) on the integration of the Graphene protocol with SVH’s Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compatible blockchain protocol, Nexus. Graphene is a breakthrough in block propagation technology that requires a fraction of network resources, improving the performance of the blockchain while lowering its costs.

The broader impact of SVH’s research is to decrease healthcare costs by enabling data access through blockchain. Healthcare, globally, suffers from a lack of trust and value, halting the accessibility of beneficial healthcare information. Utilizing their experience in healthcare administration and advanced technology, SVH solved for trust and value, creating an avenue for safe data access.

“NSF is proud to support the technology of the future by funding the most creative, impactful ideas,” said Andrea Belz, Division Director of the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships at NSF. “With our support, deep technology startups can guide basic science into meaningful solutions that address tremendous needs.”

“This grant is transformative and endorses blockchain as a viable tool to re-engineer healthcare,” said Kat Kuzmeskas, SVH’s CEO, “We are thrilled to represent the NSF with our blockchain work.”

NSF accepts Phase I proposals in June and December from small businesses with innovative science and technology solutions, and commercial potential. All proposals submitted to the NSF SBIR/STTR program undergo a rigorous merit-based review process.

Crypto Billionaire Brock Pierce Joins Tandem – the Easiest way to buy Crypto 22510

Brock Pierce

Crypto Billionaire Brock Pierce has joined Tandem, which aims to make buying and selling crypto easy, as an advisor. Tandem is founded by former investment banker Prashanth Swaminathan, who was an executive director at Morgan Stanley London for over 10 years. As one of the early members of the global crypto revolution, Brock Pierce provides invaluable product and business insight to Tandem, which is soon launching its product in private beta.

Brock Pierce is joined by several other luminaries, like Micheal Terpin, one of the foremost blockchain PR personalities, Christopher Yoshida, a senior advisor at Carlyle Group (one of the world’s largest investment firms), and Jaron Lukas, creator of one of the first crypto exchanges.

Tandem is a mobile application that aims to make buying and selling crypto easier for people who are familiar, as well as new to crypto. With pioneering new user experience and an easy to use interface, Tandem currently offers the fastest way to purchase and sell crypto currently. The platform incentivises existing crypto traders and altruists to help people new to the space in getting started with digital assets.

“After many brainstorming sessions with our advisors, industry leaders and the community we have outlined a ground-breaking product that will bridge the gap and knowledge between crypto and non crypto users. At Tandem we are building a revolutionary framework that will establish a unique ‘global distribution ecosystem’ for users to earn passive income in crypto while educating and connecting them,” said Prashanth Swaminathan, founder and CEO of Tandem.

At launch, Tandem will support fiat currencies from over 50 countries for P2P trading, to enable collaboration and education across geographies. Furthermore, the Tandem CEO promises that there are several localisation efforts being taken to make the app more accessible across languages and cultures. “The three pillars of crypto mass adoption lies in user experience, education, and passive income. Therefore Connect, Empower, Earn. You will see enablement features for all three aspects on Tandem,” added Prashanth Swaminathan.