Supply Chain Management

Ivy Food Tech

Automation of document control

Project Demo Video

Project location:

USA

Team:

3

What is the solution you are building and how is it addressing the problem?

Ivy automates document management for food supply chains. We handle the receiving, filing and sending for our customers, their customers and their vendors so people can stop doing manual, redundant tasks as well as improve organizational accuracy and audit readiness. Our core innovation is in our file system. We think people think in different ways, and their documents should too. Today, folders, subfolders and the documents are placed in single, defined filepaths. If someone wants the same information somewhere else, for example if an ingredient corresponds to multiple products, they have to make a copy of it leading to inconsistencies in version management and duplicate work. Our system allows our users to contextually retrieve the documents they want so they can be audit ready all the time. This allows the users to no longer have to choose between storing their documents in the audit format or storing their documents in a format accessible for their daily operations.

We also automate templatized document requests to help collect documents from vendors, track vendor progress and document expiration, send notifications and unified updates, manage version history for documents as well as are working on simplifying audits.

Describe how the OriginTrail protocol fits in with your solution architecture?

We want to use the protocol for document validity and verification by creating a signature system with auditing bodies to validate authenticity of documents as oracles. We intend to post hashes of documents collected in our system to the protocol which can then be verified. We also don't yet establish chains of traceability beyond one forward/backward. We think that documents are the basis for transacting in supply chains and can be a major data source for a blockchain. Screen reader support enabled. We want to use the protocol for document validity and verification by creating a signature system with auditing bodies to validate authenticity of documents as oracles. We intend to post hashes of documents collected in our system to the protocol which can then be verified. We also don't yet establish chains of traceability beyond one forward/backward. We think that documents are the basis for transacting in supply chains and can be a major data source for a blockchain. 4 collaborators have joined the document.

What are your relevant previous achievements?


At ripe.io - Nathan's accomplishments as cofounder and head of product:



For Ivy:

Describe your previous experience with the OriginTrail protocol.

I've been following the development of the testnet but have not implemented anything. I've read your whitepaper and documentation as well. I've met and chatted with Ziga and Tomas. We are part of the Trace Alliance.

Describe the problem you are solving.

A food product like a granola bar may have 10-15 different ingredients. Each of those ingredients may come from one or more suppliers. Each supplier has to provide between 5-10 documents for that ingredient, some of them recurring, some of them expiring, as well as 3 documents per shipment of that ingredient. As a result, the complexity of the documents involved for compliance is high. A processor must then generate their own documents, and sometimes send not only the processors but also the suppliers documents to their customers. All of these documents are typically tracked in spreadsheets or by hand today, leading to mad scrambles before audits or shipments are put on hold due to incomplete, expired or missing documentation. The methods of transferring documents between organizations is extremely inefficient. Document fraud further complicates the problem through chains of ownership and proof of validity of certificates - around 300 organic certificates are found to be fraudulent per year.

How do you plan to scale your idea?

Our backend stack is scalable, but might move to a native application instead of a web app..

Why should OriginTrail and our community choose your idea amongst others?

Nathan's background is as a former co-founder and head of product of ripe.io, which is known for their blockchain of tomatoes and now working in dairy. His products have won multiple awards from Forbes and AgFunder and been recognized by multiple media outlets. Our team is well aware of the challenges of blockchain adoption and presents a realistic approach to providing tangible value through applications that can use blockchain. We also have the executing capacity as an all-technical team, and have delivered an application and proven users.