Big things are happening, and we can’t wait to share them with you. We put out the second video in our series focusing on the mobile app, released a new industry white paper, recorded and released our fourth webinar, won first place in the Ventana Research Digital Innovation Awards, and last but certainly not least, launched Mainnet! Keep reading for more info about what we’ve been up to and what’s next on the horizon.

What We’ve Been Up To

ShipChain Mainnet is Live!

After months of hard work, we are so pleased to announce that ShipChain Mainnet is live and fully functional. Mainnet is a public delegated Proof of Stake sidechain of the Ethereum network, and it provides one of the highest levels of functionality available in the freight and logistics industry. Its capabilities significantly exceed any other alternatives on the market, and we highly suggest you check it out for yourself. 

This launch is a significant milestone towards our overarching goal of achieving a modular system across the entire supply chain. We are officially one step closer to complete transparency and visibility in supply chain and logistics.

Some of the most noteworthy benefits of this launch include:

  • Higher Transaction Throughput
  • 3rd Party “Build On Top Of Us” Perks
  • Staking
  • Full Functionality and Capabilities

To learn more about ShipChain Mainnet, check out our blog and our latest press release

SHIP Staking is Open

ShipChain uses a Delegated Proof of Stake (DPoS) consensus mechanism, and there are a number of high-performance validator nodes that help secure the network. The users of the network help choose the validators they want to run the network. They do this by “staking” or “delegating” their SHIP tokens to validators — that is, the users give validators their support by proxying their tokens to their preferred validators.

Any SHIP token holder can choose which validators it wishes to support.

Staking is critical to securing a DPoS network. By staking your SHIP tokens, you can help choose the most reliable and high-performance validators, and thus ensure the strongest possible security and performance for ShipChain. The more people who stake and actively contribute, the more decentralized and secure the chain.

Those who stake SHIP tokens in support of a validator participate in the SHIP token rewards earned by that validator.

A token holder can stake its tokens via the ShipChain Dashboard.

To see the full list of validators and more info about rewards, please use the following link

And for more information about SHIP staking as a whole, please check out our recent blog post.

ShipChain Wins 1st Place in the Operations and Supply Chain Category of the Ventana Research Digital Innovation Awards

We did it! The competition was tough, but our platform came out on top. According to Ventana Research’s announcement, the Awards “recognize trailblazing vendors that contribute advancements in technology, drive change and increase value for organizations worldwide, backed by market research and analyst expertise across business and IT.” 

We were incredibly honored to be considered and were confident that our solution would speak for itself. We’re glad to see that the judges felt the same way and are excited to see what the future holds for us and the other finalists.

ShipChain Releases New Video in Platform Video Series

If you’ve ever wondered what the ShipChain Mobile App is like in action, look no further. Part 2 of our Demo Video Series is officially live on our YouTube page.

Additionally, Part 3 of our Demo Video Series led by CEO John Monarch will cover the launch of Mainnet and what that means for us as a company and community. That will be available to watch in Q4. Keep up with our social media accounts for the link when it goes live!

For feedback on the video, or suggestions for what topic we should cover next in our video series, please contact marketing@shipchain.io.

CEO John Monarch Featured on Supply Chain Insights Podcast

John recently sat down with Lora Cecere, the founder of Supply Chain Insights, for an episode of Straight Talk. The discussion focused on blockchain in the industry and the use of standards and public blockchain formats. You can listen to the entire interview here.

ShipChain Selected as a Semi-finalist in NEXT Venture Pitch 2020

We were very excited to make it to the semi-finalist round of the NEXT Venture Pitch in Greenville, SC. We competed with some of the best local talent for one of two finalist spots at Venture Atlanta in October. We are extremely honored to have been selected and congratulate the other semi-finalists and winners.

To check out the full list of semi-finalists, use this link.

ShipChain Releases New Industry White Paper about Final Mile

Over the past few years, we’ve dedicated ourselves to understanding the ins and outs of the shipping and logistics industry. During that time, we noticed a space that was in serious need of more visibility, Final Mile, or Last Mile delivery. To that end, we have decided to make the Final Mile capabilities of our multi-functional visibility platform available and announce our new stand-alone Final Mile solution, the Delivery Experience Manager. The Delivery Experience Manager is perfect for Final Mile delivery companies that are looking to add value to their customers. To learn more about the Delivery Experience Manager, click here.

Since Final Mile is such an important aspect of supply chain and logistics, we decided to focus our 2020 Q3 white paper, “How Will Blockchain Improve Last Mile Visibility?” on the bottlenecks, problems, and opportunities in the space and where blockchain fits in.

You can opt-in to download the white paper here.

Webinar, “The Future of Pharma and Medical Supply Chains in the COVID-19 Era,” Now on Demand on the ShipChain Blog

We recently put out our fourth industry webinar that focused on pharma and medicine in the COVID-19 era. Our amazing panel included:

  • John Monarch: CEO and Co-founder, ShipChain
  • Evren Ozkaya: CEO and Founder, Supply Chain Wizard
  • Chaitaly Mehta: Director, EKF Global Logistics Pvt Ltd
  • Kay Odepe: Supply Chain Manager, Bayer

We are so thankful to our panelists for their participation and time, and hope you enjoyed the discussion as much as we did!

If you weren’t able to tune in on August 6th, we have good news! The recording is now available on-demand on the ShipChain blog

CEO John Monarch Featured as a Panelist on the Africa Blockchain Developers Call Series

The Africa Blockchain Developers Call Series is an initiative targeted at training developers across all of Africa to effectively help them compete in tech and blockchain. It began earlier this month and will run for 12 weeks.

John spoke on the need for African companies to integrate blockchain into their supply chains, and the panel focused on the applicability of blockchain technology in African supply chains. 

The panel took place on September 26th for those enrolled in the training and will be available for public viewing on YouTube at a later date. We will provide the link to watch it once it becomes available via our social media channels.

Our Latest Community Q&A is Live

Last week, we came together as a team and put together answers for your FAQs. Click here for the full Q&A. Thank you to all for your continued interest in our platform, team, and company, and we look forward to continuing sharing our forward progress with you.

And remember, if you ever have questions for us or a specific member of the team, you can always submit them to our Official Q&A page.

ShipChain Mainnet Launch Covered by the Media

News of our Mainnet Launch was covered by Sea News, Logistics Business, International Trade Magazine, FreightWaves, and more! 

Check out our Press Page for some of our latest features.

Wrapping it up (for now)

To say we’re proud of what we’ve built here at ShipChain would be an understatement. With the launch of Mainnet, we’ve proven to ourselves and our competitors that we are a force to be reckoned with and are here to stay. Additionally, we’re continuing to cement our global presence, with customers in the U.S., Europe, Mexico, and Africa. We thank you for your continued support, participation, and engagement. We are humbled, grateful, and look forward to continuing to grow alongside you in the months and years ahead. –CEO John Monarch