Blockchain in Retail Fashion & Luxury

The pace of the retail fashion & luxury industry is rapidly accelerating with the ever-changing demands of consumers. Blockchain technology stands to address long-standing industry challenges by improving data management tools, enhancing supply chain operations, and reducing the risk of counterfeit and grey markets.

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What are the Benefits of Blockchain in Retail Fashion & Luxury?  

Enterprise Ethereum gives retailers, manufacturers, and end-users unprecedented transparency, traceability, and tradability in retail fashion and luxury supply chain management. 

Transparency

This enables companies to share verifiable claims with their consumers to improve authenticity and enhance consumer trust.

Traceability

This enables companies to track the entire provenance of their products and their underlying elements from source-to-sale.

Tradability

This enables customers to tokenize non-fungible assets  that can be held, purchased, exchanged and traded at any time, anywhere.

These core capabilities enable further benefits to stakeholders across the industry:

 

How does blockchain support sustainable practices?

Blockchain has the ability to track any digital or physical product throughout its lifecycle. Transparency in supply chain tracking gives producers a bird-eye view into their value chain, allowing them to guarantee the proper handoff of third-party goods and final product labeling. Blockchain can track the progression of assets, record the information, and show previous asset records. It has the potential to expand the sustainable and ethical production and consumption of any commodity on a global scale. 

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Treum

Treum is a blockchain-based trust platform focused on traceability, transparency, and tradeability, building the supply chains of the future. Its traceability feature seamlessly records an asset’s end-to-end source information. Its transparency capability allows manufacturers to verify that their supply chain meets product goals.  All together, Treum gives both companies and consumers the full product story.

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How does blockchain redefine customer experience?

Sustainability has gone from a ‘nice-to-have’ to an almost absolute necessity. Nielsen reports that 66% of global consumers and 73% of millennials are willing to pay more for sustainable goods. By tokenizing physical assets and allowing consumers to see from where their items are sourced, retailers are using blockchain technology to redefine luxury and customer experience.

For example, LUXARITY hosts an annual Preloved Pop-Up sale for gently used luxury retail items. When customers scan an item’s QR code, they are presented with background information on the item: who owned it, where it was worn, and the positive environmental impact of the purchase. The code also reveals a digitized handwritten note from the original owner of select items. Among other benefits, customers can decide which charity will receive their donation and track how their donation has been spent transparently on the blockchain.

Retail and Social Impact Case Study

Luxarity: Tackling unsustainable consumption practices in luxury retail

Blockchain for Sustainable Fashion and Retail. An initiative by Lane Crawford Joyce Group and ConsenSys to recycle luxury goods, collect donations, and educate buyers about sustainable consumption with the support of blockchain technology.

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How does blockchain bring authenticity to retail fashion and luxury?

Blockchain technology enables brands to tokenize non-fungible assets, allowing each asset to be held, purchased, exchanged, and traded with ease. Customers may log in to a brand’s website to create and prove ownership of a luxury asset that can be verified and later transferred to another party.

Luxury retail items can be labeled with a one-to-one counterfeit-proof feature and tracked through digital twin technology, which connects the physical world to the digital world. Treum offers a variety of solutions, for example, RFID, and image recognition machine learning solutions, to guide you on your journey.

Luxury Case Study

AURA: Proving authenticity for luxury products

AURA is a consortium blockchain pioneered by the LVMH Group to track and trace luxury goods— from raw materials to the point of sale, to second-hand markets — in order to assure consumers of product history and proof of authenticity.

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How does blockchain enhance consumer trust?

The average transparency score amongst the top 200 most prominent fashion brands and retailers is just 21%. Using blockchain, brands can digitize, track, and trace the entire lifecycle of a luxury item. With blockchain, brands can create an immutable record of all steps in the supply chain, capture specific data points, such as sustainability certifications and claims, and provide open access to this data publicly.

Brand trust tops the list of sustainability factors that influence purchasing for nearly two-of-three (62%) consumers globally. Transparency into the supply chain increases customer trust scores, which enhances the client experience and bolsters brand connectivity. Heightened customer trust scores translate to increased customer loyalty and lifetime value. 

Supply Chain Case Study

Verified Organic: Food you can trust

Verified Organic is an Ethereum-based blockchain application designed to bring transparency and accountability to the organic food production process from farm to table. Developed in partnership with ConsenSys’ Treum.

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How does blockchain improve data management?

Managing data in silos leads to suboptimal processes and critical reconciliation issues. Critical information can be easily appended on a blockchain and securely shared across business lines, operations and partners. Blockchain is the go-to technology for sharing information when trust is at stake. 

How does blockchain reduce costs?

Blockchain technology can significantly reduce operating costs in retail fashion and luxury by providing better data management tools, enhancing supply chain management, and reducing the risk of counterfeit and grey markets. While supply chain advancements and product authenticity is covered above improvements in data management prompt cost savings from new kinds of Just-In-Time inventory management and improved trust in outsourcing. Blockchain provides a lightweight and easy to integrate layer for data reconciliation across service lines and operations. 

What are the Blockchain Use Cases in Retail Fashion and Luxury?

  • Digital Twins: Linking the physical to the digital
  • Traceability of raw material and products throughout the lifecycle
  • Loyalty programs
How does the digitization of assets impact retail fashion and luxury?

Counterfeits worth $590bn a year made up 3.3% of global trade in 2016. Tagging physical objects with IoT, RFID tags, photography, or QR codes enables the creation of “digital twins” on the blockchain. These allow brands to mitigate counterfeit risks by digitally tracking products along the supply chain and after the point of sale. This digital representation of the product on the blockchain— also known as tokenization, allows stakeholders to access the tracking data and to transact in real-time without compromising sensitive information.

How does blockchain impact product traceability?

The global luxury market will reach €1.3 trillion (~$1.5 trillion) by 2025, with millennials representing 50% of the total market. As millennials and generation Z consumers drive 85% of global luxury sales growth, the expectation for luxury brands to align with their values becomes progressively more important. Distributed ledger technology allows brands to better manage their supply chain processes from raw material to the final consumer and manage large data sets in a more efficient and transparent way. Brands willing to leverage blockchain technology to showcase this level of information to the consumers will be a huge competitive advantage.

How does blockchain impact loyalty programs?

80% of luxury sales today are “digitally influenced” from across the globe, yet the value from loyalty programs are generally locked within limited jurisdictions. As customers embrace a global lifestyles, their expectations for seamless global transactions increase. Tokenization unlocks a new loyalty program paradigm, allowing luxury shoppers to transact with various partners outside of the brand.

 

Fashion and Lifestyle at ConsenSys

ConsenSys Solutions includes a global practice that spans multiple dimensions of the consumer lifestyle. Our team aims to drive the rapid development of asset digitization and to push the boundaries of new client experience. We help our clients structure blockchain solutions to solve key issues and to create new business opportunities in the lifestyle and fashion industry. Our experience covers, but is not limited to projects in the following industry segments:

  • Apparel
  • Fashion
  • Cosmetics and Perfumes
  • Lodging and Travel
  • Wine and Spirits
  • Real estate
  • Art
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The ConsenSys Fashion and Lifestyle Stack

Loyalty programs
ConsenSys Solutions can enhance the experience of loyalty points by forging interoperability among more brands, programs, and geographies. We leverage blockchain to streamline the customer experience and prompt unique and immediate ownership of rewards.

Raw material and product tracking
We help you track the provenance for fashion and luxury items, and also prove the authenticity of products. We empower brands to trace their products from raw material to point of sale and beyond to used-goods markets. This reduces the risk of counterfeiting and improves transparency and value for second-hand markets.

Supply chain transparency and sustainability
We help brands identify and resolve the weak links in their supply chain operations. We also help enhance sustainable practices.

Customer experience and brand connectivity improvements
We help brands to track & trace their products across their entire lifecycle. This enables significantly improved after-sales services including express warranty, maintenance, repair, return, exchange, trade-in, recycling, remanufacturing, and much more— giving rise to a new range of exclusive and premium product packages.

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ConsenSys Codefi

Codefi is the blockchain operating system for global commerce and finance, built to optimize business processes, activate digital financial instruments, and deploy production-ready blockchain solutions.

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