FedEx becomes the latest big name to join Hyperledger consortium

Shipping giant FedEx, along with 13 others, signed on to Hyperledger. The group now boasts 270 organizations in its "open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies," per a press release. "Our community ranges from technology giants and industry leaders to start-ups, service providers and academics," said Brian Behlendorf, executive director, Hyperledger. "We are gaining traction around the world in market segments from finance to healthcare and government to logistics. This growth and diversity is a signal of the increasing recognition of the strategic value of enterprise blockchain and commitment to the adoption and development of open source frameworks to drive new business models."

For its part, FedEx said this: "We believe that blockchain has big implications in supply chain, transportation and logistics," said Kevin Humphries, Senior Vice President, IT, FedEx Services. "We are excited for the opportunity to collaborate with the Hyperledger community as we continue to explore the applications and help set the standards for wide-scale blockchain adoption in our industry and others." Broad industry consortiums are often better at announcing things than advancing technologies, but Hyperledger has an impressive depth and breadth. Keep an eye on the group's big event in Basel, Switzerland this December to see what progress has been made.  (Source: Hyperledger via Cision)