Shaw Industries joins Blockchain in Transport Alliance

Shaw Industries, a leading, global floor covering provider, has joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance. BiTA believes blockchain is one of the most significant developments for the logistics industry since the creation of the internet. By providing more clarity and standards around blockchain through education and promotion of the technology, BiTA intends to be the leading blockchain voice for the industry.

“Shaw is thrilled to join this consortium of thought leaders in blockchain as it relates to transportation management,” said Kevin O’Meara, vice president of customer fulfillment for Shaw Industries.  

Shaw Industries Group, Inc. offers a diverse portfolio of carpet, resilient, hardwood, tile & stone, and laminate flooring products, synthetic turf and other specialty items for residential and commercial markets worldwide. A wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., Shaw has annual revenues of almost $6 billion, and the company employs 22,000 associates with offices; R&D, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution locations; product showrooms; and/or salespeople throughout the U.S., as well as Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, India, Mexico, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.

“We are very excited to be joined by one of the premier brands in the floor covering sector, a company that places a high premium on quality and service,” said Craig Fuller, managing director of BiTA. “Shaw’s always on the leading edge of technology, and being a Berkshire Hathaway company, they value financial transparency and cost discipline. By embracing blockchain, Shaw is further illustrating its commitment to innovation that can help it maintain competitive advantage.” 

Founded in August 2017, the Blockchain in Transport Alliance is a forum for promotion, education, and encouragement to develop and adopt blockchain applications in the trucking, transportation, and logistics industry. BiTA’s goal is for members to participate, discuss, create, and adopt industry standard uses of blockchain applications and to provide clarity and direction for the development of blockchain technology in the trucking industry in a manner that will create efficiency, transparency, and foster trust. BiTA standards are intended to create a common framework to help organizations develop and adopt blockchain technology.

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John Paul Hampstead, Associate Editor

John Paul writes about current events and economics, especially politics, finance, and commodities, and holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Michigan. In previous lives John Paul studied Shakespeare in London and Buddhism in India, but now he focuses on transportation and logistics in the heart of Freight Alley--Chattanooga. He spends his free time with his wife and daughter herding cats, collecting books, and walking alongside the Tennessee River.