Blockchain Innovation and Its Application in Fashion Industry

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By Mohamed Abdulla Ph.D.

What is Blockchain innovation?

Blockchain technology – a collection of records and data called blocks that are related to each other in a cryptic manner for safety and security purposes. Each cryptic code consists of a mathematical algorithms (that draws up data to a repaired size), a timestamp which is not anything efficient in monitoring time and transaction data. Blockchain technology was first introduced by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008. Later, he improved the design of blockchain by incorporating timestamp blocks. A blockchain database
can be managed in a self-sufficient manner via a peer-to-peer network, decentralized, and a well-distributed connection. It keeps openness throughout the supply chain and helps a dynamic workflow.

Blockchain Structure

Blocks: Blocks are the performance history of successful transactions which are sequentially arranged in a cryptographic tree referred to as the Merkle tree. Each block includes its particular details, which are linked together in an iterative way with the earlier one.

Block time: It is the typical time taken by the blockchain network to generate one extra block in its own blockchain. Typically, 5 to 6 seconds are taken by a blockchain network to produce a brand-new block. The shorter the block time, the faster the duration of deals.

Difficult forks: A difficult fork is a guideline when the software application confirms according to the old rules, it will inspect the produced blocks according to the new rules as invalid. In the case of a hard fork, all nodes meant to work following the brand-new rules need to update their software.

Decentralized system: The Blockchain instantly cuts the risk of the data which was being held centrally through a peer-to-peer network system. This type of network barely allows computer crackers to make use of the system. Value tokens sent out across the network are recorded as belonging to that address. A private comparable to a password is appointed here for better security.

Personal privacy: Privacy in blockchain can be classified into 2 areas such as opened and permission based (personal).

Open blockchains:

Open blockchains are easier to use than some standard ownership records, which, while available to the public, they would still need physical access to see. These blockchains serve as a distributed version of multi-version concurrency control (MVCC) in databases. For instance, making a transfer in between two bank accounts if a reader checks out the balance at the bank when the money has been withdrawn from the initial account and before it has actually deposited in the destination account, it would seem that cash has actually disappeared from the bank.

Permissioned (private):.

Permissioned blockchains use a gain access control system to govern whoever has access to the network. validators on private blockchain networks are verified by the network owner.

Fields of blockchain applications

Types of blockchain:

 Public Blockchain: It has definitely no access restrictions. Anyone with a Web connection can send out transactions. Bitcoin is among the most significant public
 Private Blockchain: A private blockchain is through consent. One cannot join it unless welcomed by the network administrator.
 Hybrid Blockchain: It includes both decentralised and centralised blockchain.
 Sidechain: A sidechain runs in parallel to the main blockchain. It enables the
sidechain to run individually of the primary blockchain. It uses an alternate way of record keeping and an alternate algorithm.

Benefits of Blockchain:

 Keeps the total record of activities and history of the database in a sequential manner.
 A protected system as there is no centralised database where a hacker can make an entry.
 No need for a main administrator.
 Avoids counterfeiting.
 Transparent throughout the supply chain.
Software companies promoting blockchain in the style world.

Brands like Adidas, H&M Group, Patagonia, Gap, Everlane and LVMH nowadays are coming forward with blockchain innovation in their own supply chain within retail to prevent counterfeiting, to keep transparency in their companies and are working together with software application companies such as Provenance, Faizod, Lukso and Vechain.

Provenance: Provenance, a blockchain software application company is doing a consultancy task with fashion brand names to get a grip on their raw materials through blockchain and a clever labelling system. Brands can track raw materials at every step of their supply chain.

Faizod: Faizod is another software business. They have actually produced a global Supply Chain linked with blockchain technology to create a series of chains; finance, manufacturing, sub-contractors and likewise ensuring complete transparency over the production of items. It enables real-time tracking, recognizes bottlenecks and improvises transactions in cargo deliveries from Asian nations to European countries and America.

Lukso: Lukso is a blockchain platform resulting in a bigger network, and higher concerns of trust in that network. Built on the Ethereum system, the software application system is open source enabling brand names to develop and improve the community allowing free access to the network.

VeChain:  Counterfeit goods in fashion is a matter of concern in the current fashion world due to jeopardizing sales and diluting brand reputation. Vechain came up with NFC technology where each product has its own unique Id. Chinese fashion brand Baby-ghost entered into a collaboration with VeChain to prevent counterfeiting of their brand.

Fashion Brands Integrating with Blockchain:

Produced in San Francisco in 2011 by Michael Preysman. Everlane is a prominent brand that is based on its transparency. The top authority of the brand discovered ambiguous locations in the production line, especially with supplier factories it manages. Certain manufacturers were not respecting the labour laws of the country. After correcting out these issues they have chosen to include blockchain technology to preserve their transparency and to support their position in the eyes of their consumers.

AURA a blockchain network is making it possible for consumers to trace the history and credibility of luxury products developed in LVMH. Louis Vuitton has actually taken this step as their branded handbags are reported to be fake by some consumers. Louis Vuitton has channelled this innovation to its makers and distribution centres. Through these interventions counterfeits have been minimized.

Arket a subsidiary of H&M is utilizing blockchain technology to improve the traceability of items along with VeChain. VeChain has concentrated on the development of supply chain options, which makes use of dispersed ledger technology to provide its customers with a system consisting of determining the authenticity and quality of the item.

Patagonia, Inc. is an American clothing business that markets and offers outdoor apparel. The business was founded by Yvon Chouinard in 1973. To prevent counterfeit and fraudulent behaviour in the manufacturing line it has also started to use blockchain technology.

Market patterns:

The market trend of the blockchain is shown in the following chart.

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