Starbucks will leverage Microsoft’s Azure Blockchain Service platform to enable its customers to ensure coffee traceability.
The coffee chain has chosen Microsoft’s Azure Blockchain Service solution to establish a coffee traceability system that will allow its customers to track the flow of the beans it purchases from producers in different countries.
Every change of state is recorded in a shared, immutable ledger, giving all parties a more complete view of their product journey. This can not only give to farmers more information and visibility once the beans leave their farm, but also allow customers to see the impact of their coffee purchase on the people they are helping. ” indicated Starbucks.
In addition, the brand would consider accepting payments in Bitcoin by relying on Bakkt, a virtual currency trading platform based in the United States.
The company also uses IoT and Azure to connect the coffee machines that equip Starbucks’ 30,000 outlets to collect and analyze data that enables it to perform proactive maintenance.
By connecting this infrastructure to the Microsoft cloud, Starbucks will also be able to more easily update its recipes and menus and stop sending thousands of USB keys that each point of sale had to use to install updates manually.
Launched last week, the offer makes it possible to create and deploy an authorized blockchain network and manage the rules of the consortium using an interface on the Azure portal. Built-in governance allows developers to add new members, set permissions, monitor network health and activity, and run private interactions governed through integrations with Azure Active Directory.
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