UPS Files Blockchain Patent for its invention titled autonomous services selection system and distributed transportation database” The patent is not directly referred to the blockchain, but it favors the application of this technology.
UPS Files Blockchain Patent
According to the description, when a shipment unit, whether it’s an object, material, container, vehicle, or something else, has to be carried from an origin to a destination, it might go through multiple segments or transportation networks responsible for the transportation of the unit through the different phases until the destination point. Thus, it might be difficult for the logistics service to coordinate the transportation through these multiple segments, especially when there are handling requirements for carrying the shipment unit.
As a solution, the shipment unit can generate a set of transportation data that is stored on blockchain and can be easily tracked so that the logistics company could make sure the handling requirements are met and the shipment is carried according to the plan.