Blockchain expert joins cold chain scientific advisory council

Arlington, Virginia, USA: Dr Brian Fugate, chair of the Department of Supply Chain Management and Oren Harris Endowed Chair in Transportation at the University of Arkansas college of Business, has joined the World Food Logistics Organization Scientific Advisory Council.

Fugate says, “Our research revealed that cold chains tend to be the initial supply chain sand box for experimenting with blockchain.  Indeed, one of the biggest values of blockchain is the potential for end-to-end transparency and traceability to streamline the delicate and complex challenges of cold chains.”

The World Food Logistics Organization Scientific Advisory Council provides research and advice to members of the Global Cold Chain Alliance and its partners. There are 5 scientists in the Scientific Advisory Council that can trace its roots back to 1943 as part of the Refrigeration Research Foundation and which published the first Commodity Storage Manual in 1951.

Brian Fugate (PhD University of Tennessee) is the chair of the Department of Supply Chain Management and Oren Harris endowed chair in transportation at the University of Arkansas Sam M Walton College of Business, MIT Fulbright senior research scholar, co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Supply Chain Management, and co-author of ‘The Blockchain Toolkit: A Supply Chain Manager’s Guide to Understanding and Implementing Blockchain and Operations’ and ‘Supply Chain Management: Enhancing Competitiveness and Customer Value’. 

Prior to his PhD, Fugate worked in worldwide transportation and logistics, supplier development, and industrial engineering in the airline, consumer packaged goods, and automotive industries, and has since worked with over 60 companies advance towards world-class demand and supply chain management.

Dr Brian Fugate, chair of the Department of Supply Chain Management and Oren Harris Endowed Chair in Transportation at the University of Arkansas

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