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How Businesses are Adopting Cryptocurrency & Blockchain

As the weeks and months pass, more and more businesses are beginning to implement the use of cryptocurrencies and the blockchain in their day-to-day activities. Considering crypto is now becoming entrenched in society, it is no surprise that companies are making these changes.

Whether they are taking small steps like beginning to trade cryptocurrency themselves or using the blockchain to improve security or their supply chains, here are a few ways businesses are adopting the world of cryptocurrency.

Allowing Crypto Payments

One of the most common things most companies are beginning to do now is to allow crypto payments. Considering millions of people trade crypto every day and have invested in their chosen coins, the next logical step is to allow them to use them for something.

While very few, if any, companies have fully committed to crypto payments, many have added it to their payment system. Companies such as Overstock, Microsoft, and even Starbucks allow customers, to some degree, to use crypto to pay for goods and services.

Data Security

The blockchain has proven to be one of the best ways to securely store data. Businesses have begun using it as a way to store customer and company data, and this ensures improved security and safety on both ends.

Considering data breaches, hacks, and data theft are now more common than ever, entities are looking for better ways to protect themselves and their clients.

Creating Their Own Tokens

Another interesting step that some companies are beginning to take is creating their own tokens. While there is nothing inherently wrong with using and accepting Bitcoin, for example, the value fluctuates so much that businesses are wary of the lack of control.

To combat this, they are creating their own tokens that customers can use instead. Mitsubishi, Amazon, and Walmart are a few companies that have created their own tokens for their customers to use on their websites or for their products.

Crypto for International Transactions

International transaction times and prices can put a serious dent in a company’s profit. Unlike fiat currency, crypto costs the same to transfer from one country to another, no matter where you are.

The transaction speeds are also unmatched, meaning there is no need to wait for funds to clear any red tape or third parties. This also helps with international trade, investment, and business, as a Bitcoin is worth the same in the United States and Japan, for example.

Supply Chain Management

The beauty of the blockchain is that you can store an almost infinite amount of information on it, and any one piece of data is only a couple of clicks away. This gives manufacturing companies incredible control over every piece of equipment, material, or product that enters or leaves its warehouses or factories.

Once a product leaves the factory, the blockchain can be used to track its movements to a warehouse or storage facility and then to a retail store. All of this information can be tracked by the necessary employees, and any mistakes can be spotted immediately.

Smart Contracts

You have probably heard about smart contracts before, but in simple terms, you can think of them as a program that is run on the blockchain and is activated when a predetermined list of requirements is met.

This system allows businesses to manage large transactions in their supply chain, for instance, automatically. Smart contracts also allow companies to input their own logic into them and automate transactions between people/groups.

Smart contracts can also not be changed once they are deployed, and since information in the blockchain is stored permanently, anyone can access and see the contract terms and if there is any “funny business” happening.

Adapting to Change

While not necessarily a way that companies are adopting crypto and blockchain, the changing world is a reason why. Nowadays, people are beginning to turn their backs on traditional investment paths, such as stocks, real estate, etc.

Everyone and their grandmother seem to own cryptocurrency at this stage, meaning the natural path for companies is to move with the times. Many crypto investors aren’t looking to take their tokens out of the system and exchange them for cash, but rather, they want to use the coins they have earned.

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