IBM TV ad boils down the value of blockchain to a critical question about your morning coffee

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Supply chain processes rarely make for prime-time TV viewing, but a new commercial from IBM tells a story that connects blockchain and coffee to show what it can bring to accurate inventory tracking.

In a clip called “Smart Supply Chain,” Big Blue takes viewers on a whirlwind tour of single-origin Kenyon coffee from its original harvesting, across an ocean liner and into the cup of an everyday consumer in a North American cafe.

“How do you really know that the beans journeyed to the port of Mumbassa and across the Pacific?” the clip’s voiceover asks, hinting at the immutable nature of data that’s entered on a blockchain.

The clip also shows a container with the Maersk logo, referencing the supply chain partnership between the two firms using blockchain.

This is only one in a series of IBM blockchain TV ads. The firm has been running similar clips that show how the technology is used to track tomatoes and other goods.

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Shane Schick
Shane Schick is the Editor-in-Chief of B2B News Network. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of Marketing magazine and has also been Vice-President, Content & Community (Editor-in-Chief), at IT World Canada, a technology columnist with the Globe and Mail and was the founding editor of Shane has been recognized for journalistic excellence by the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance and the Canadian Online Publishing Awards.