China produces over 28% of the world’s goods. However, recent challenges have destabilized the country’s ever-growing economy and its dominant market position as the world’s manufacturing superpower.
Our recent trip to Hongkong and Shanghai revealed China’s keen interest in our Blockchain supply chain solutions. And not only manufacturers are eager to adopt innovative technologies like ours, but also the Chinese government. In this blog post, you will find out why.
China’s Supply Chain Challenges
1. Post-pandemic supply chain disruptions
The pandemic has drastically disrupted global supply chains. Shortages are intensifying. Many businesses struggle to receive essential deliveries. The just-in-time (JIT) system is broken. The surge in online shopping exacerbates the issue. Ports are congested, even as new ones arrive, and rising fuel costs slow ships, and rising fuel costs are slowing ships, further complicating container schedules.
2. The costs of everything are escalating
China’s economy has soared, but here’s the catch: With economic growth comes higher wages. Manufacturing isn’t as cost-effective as before. With increased taxes and labor costs, companies are exploring countries to outsource their production as they used to. After all, if better quality can be achieved for less, it’s the logical choice.
3. Diversification for better risk management
The world’s waking up to the risks of putting all their manufacturing eggs in one basket. Companies are diversifying their manufacturing to reduce risks. With Countries like Vietnam, India, and Bangladesh, China is facing competition. They’re investing big in infrastructure, making them attractive alternatives for manufacturing. Even big companies are looking to diversify their supply chains, spreading out their operations across multiple countries. The shifts in Samsung’s and Apple’s strategic manufacturing highlight this global supply chain trend.
4. Geopolitical tensions, sanctions and restrictions
The global political arena is tense, with China often in the spotlight. Companies fear supply chain disruptions due to conflicts. And no company wants its supply chain ensnared in political disputes. Sanctions, restrictions, and geopolitical conflicts pose significant risks to global enterprises.
Read more about recent investment and supply chain policies in China here: Investment/Supply Chain Policies in China 2020-2023
5. Environmental priorities call for greener supply chains
The global push for eco-friendly practices is strong. Even stronger than China’s manufacturing power, it seems. Environmental challenges mean companies need to adapt or risk falling behind. Driven by consumer demand, most brands are leaning towards green manufacturing. If China doesn’t step up its green game, it might get left behind in the eco-revolution. Yet, companies in China are poised to embrace these eco-challenges to defend their market position. And so does the Chinese government!
But there’s a problem…
Our Visit To China
China, known for its massive vehicle production, is eager to defend its global market position. In the global automobile industry, for example, China stands as the world’s largest vehicle producer, manufacturing over 26 million passenger cars and commercial vehicles in 2021. China’s leading motorcycle manufacturers include Grand River (Haojue brand), Lifan, Zongshen, Jianshe, Cyclone, Jialing, and many more.
However, many Chinese OEMs and smaller suppliers grapple with the EU’s new supply chain regulations. Even big corporations aiming to export to EU member states encounter similar challenges. And there is no dedicated liaison to guide them in establishing a system to monitor their supply chain and validate their compliance and adherence to sustainability standards.
That’s why our Blockchain supply chain solutions caught the attention of both businesses and government officials during our visit to Hongkong and Shanghai.
Our CEO, Arman Sarhaddar, and Dr. Cheng Li, our general agent in China, visited two renowned entities in particular: a leading motorcycle manufacturer and an automotive company producing engines for esteemed brands like Honda and KTM.
As an awarded Swiss provider of blockchain supply chain systems with extensive experience, we are one of the few companies with a patent (in the US and China in 2023) and market-proven solutions. So, the representatives we spoke with were intrigued. And so were the government officials in Guangzhou!
And yes, there is more than one good reason for that: With a Blockchain-based platform and tracking solutions like ours – designed for logistics and supply chain management –, every material and product has a digital twin. This unique copy provides verifiable data about its origin, quality, safety, ethics, and environmental impact. Businesses and their suppliers can utilize these tools to foster trust in their cross-border operations and prove their compliance with EU laws.
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Why Blockchain Supply Chain for China
Now, here are the 5 most compelling reasons why Chinese manufacturers desperately need Blockchain Supply Chain Solutions like ours:
- Brand authenticity
1. Authenticity is even more of a game-changer now
Let us face facts now. In today’s fast-paced world, with Chinese manufacturers pumping out products at an unprecedented rate, everyone’s talking about authenticity. Brand authenticity. But China is not exactly known for that. The country has faced challenges with counterfeits.
Now, here’s the catch: How do consumers know they’re getting the real deal? Enter Blockchain! With a professional Blockchain solution, every product has its unique digital twin, identity, passport. Immutability ensures it’s genuine. No more fakes, no more doubts. Just pure, unadulterated authenticity. That’s a game-changer for many companies. And China is on the brink of reshaping its global reputation by adopting innovative solutions like ours faster than we could have imagined.
2. Sustainability isn’t just a marketing buzzword
We all know the environment is a hot topic right now. And guess what? Chinese manufacturers are feeling the heat too. They’re under immense pressure to prove their sustainability efforts in the face of our global economy. That’s what makes Blockchain solutions even more powerful for Chinese companies, it seems.
With Blockchain, every step of the supply chain is transparent. From raw materials to the finished product, everything’s on record. It’s not just about saying you’re sustainable; it’s about proving it, especially for the younger generations of environmentally conscious consumers.
3. Supply chain efficiency is winning the race
Time is money, and in the manufacturing world, efficiency is key. But traditional global supply chains are riddled with inefficiencies. With Blockchain, every transaction, every movement, every single detail is recorded in real-time. No more waiting. No more guessing.
The pandemic hit businesses where it hurts – the wallet. But here’s the silver lining: Blockchain streamlines operations, reduces errors, and cuts unnecessary costs. In a time when every penny counts, Blockchain for the supply chain is better for your business than any piggy bank, no matter how bulging.
4. Trust is the new currency of the digital world
Chinese manufacturers are dealing with global clients, and building trust is crucial. Post-pandemic consumers and the generations to come are more skeptical than ever. They want to know where their products are coming from and if they are safe.
Blockchain gives them that confidence. There’s no room for errors or deceit. Everything is transparent. Everything is verifiable. Every step, every process, every safety measure – it’s all there, clear as day. It’s like a trust badge stamped on every product in the supply chain. And companies can give their customers a backstage pass to the entire manufacturing process.
5. The game is on: adapt or get left behind!
The world is changing fast. Manufacturers that will not adapt to new technologies now will find themselves in the rearview mirror. But China has always been quick. It wasn’t surprising that they were intrigued by our Blockchain and tracking solutions.
They understood, right away, what we have known from the start: Blockchain isn’t just a fancy tech term; it is the future of supply chains. Chinese manufacturers have a golden opportunity to lead the charge, to set the standard. And with our solution, they will not just adapt; they will thrive before other countries’ industries will. And they will definitely leave some of today’s global players behind.
China And The Sharing Economy
Since 2020, around half a billion people across the US, UK, China, Germany, France, and the UAE shared possessions or services to make money via sharing services. More than 680 million have consumed these sharing economy assets or services in the same period.
China is the stand-out market. 73% of its online population are consumers in the sharing economy, and 55% supply goods and services to it. Uniquely, China is the only market where all age groups participate to broadly the same level. In other markets, there is a strong skew toward younger generations.
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China, a dominant force in global manufacturing, is grappling with supply chain challenges. From pandemic-induced disruptions to rising costs and geopolitical tensions, the landscape is shifting. However, the introduction of Blockchain-based supply chain solutions offers a fast-track ticket to the forefront of the passing lane. Our solutions ensure verifiable brand authenticity and trust, sustainability and compliance, efficiency, and flexibility. As the world evolves, manufacturers must adapt to stay ahead, and Blockchain provides the tools for this transformation.
Embracing Blockchain technology is not just a strategic move; it’s a necessary evolution to maintain global leadership. As Chinese manufacturers recognize the potential of Blockchain, they’re poised not only to overcome current challenges but to redefine their global standing. With innovative solutions at their fingertips, the future of China’s supply chain looks promising and resilient.