According to WTO experts, platforms built on decentralised technologies can help world trade not only overcome the current crisis, but also accelerate market development while helping us better prepare for and manage the inevitable crises of the future.
A big part of helping make that happen through 2020 and beyond is blockchain. It has not only revolutionised digital money but will, according to its backers, further revolutionise international trade. This has already happened with rapid growth in global trade after the widespread adoption of container shipping in the second half of the 20th century.
Factorin’s decentralised technology platform facilitates seamless and secure interaction between banks, suppliers and buyers. It is one of many tech platforms out there for all kinds of services, but within Factorin’s advanced framework, transaction information is only ever available to the platform’s participants unlike other platforms where data has been collected, mined and potentially misused. And, as the latest WTO report shows, there are practically no next-generation solutions that would process a significant number of transactions.
Factorin is one of the few fully commercially operating supply chain finance platforms. The platform addresses the key issue of complex workflows, data privacy and security which have combined to interfere with the financing of small and medium-sized businesses. Two retailers, Magnit and Dixy, with US$20 (€16.92) and $5 billion (€4.23 billion) annual turnover respectively, became Factorin’s clients within the first year of operation. The company is further increasing the number of large corporations using the platform such as large retail chains, marketplaces, and has also entered the telecoms market.
With the Factorin network consisting of 57 commercial nodes, with over 1.4 million transactions processed, large platform participants can easily integrate Factorin with their core IT systems using an open API. Other participants can access the network without integration through either a web interface or a mobile app, which is crucial for small and mid-sized businesses.
Andrei Maklin, co-founder and CEO of Factorin, explains, “Blockchain enables you to create fundamentally new services and business models that cannot be implemented on traditional IT architecture. In 2020, this means traditional platforms are intermediaries that increase the cost of services and make money from their users’ data. The decentralised platform Factorin allows all participants to communicate directly with each other and decide what data is shared and with whom they share it. The demand for Factorin’s services, which are such a unique SCF product, is at an all-time high, which our continued fast growth ably demonstrates. Since January, the monthly turnover of financing processed through the platform has increased fivefold and in October amounted to over $165 million (€139.63 million).”
The Factorin platform and its sustainable fast growth was built in partnership with the UK-based venture builder Digital Horizon, which creates breakthrough innovations for the financial market and other industries from scratch.
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