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The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted how much misinformation can be spread online and how damaging it can be, especially now that we rely on the internet and social media to connect and communicate as a community as well as understand the current affairs and state of the world.

Of course, fake news has been a troubling topic and problem for some time now but it is especially critical now that millions of lives are now at risk.

“Well before the outbreak of the virus, UNESCO was issuing warnings of the impact that political, technological, economic, and social transformation has had…


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There has been an unprecedented demand for medical-grade masks all over the world. In Australia this had begun even before the outbreak of the COVID-19 as many people found themselves purchasing N95s and P2s to be able to breathe during the bushfires that raged on since September 2019.

The last of the fires were only extinguished on the 4th of March 2020.

And it seems that Australia hasn’t been able to catch a break now with the COVID-19 pandemic well under way. …


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We’re living in strange times and it has been frightening for everybody.

With attempts to flatten the curve, countries around the world have had different approaches. Some of these include heavy laws with examples including Hong Kong’s tracking bracelets, and Israel’s legislation change to track phones. These have had varying degrees of success.

While measures like these can be a great deterrent (after all, nothing sounds more alarm bells than the state tracking your location 24/7), a similar approach, undoubtedly, is not for Australia.

Other approaches are simply not that practical. In-person checks put police officers at risk of being…


Back in 2002, the efforts to contain SARS inadvertently gave a boost to innovations like Alibaba. Something similar may happen again in Australia.

During times of great crisis, the systems that power the world get tested to its extremes. We realise that we often take things for granted (like toilet paper in Australia apparently) and we begin to see just how bad the cracks in our systems were now that they have been blown wide open.

For example, the supply chain has been severely disrupted due to this suddenly triggered hamsterkauf (a German term for panic hoarding) and it is…


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The existence of sharing services such as Airbnb and Car Next Door has allowed everyday individuals to become “mini-entrepreneurs” and earn extra cash for their underutilised assets like cars, apartments and even power tools.

Car sharing serves as a fantastic way for the more eco-minded consumer to reduce their carbon footprint by switching from owning a car to simply only borrowing one when necessary.

But despite its rapid growth in prominence, car-sharing, as well as other forms of collaborative consumption, have yet to realise its full potential and continuing to expand is an uphill battle due to horror stories of…


One of the things that makes UCOT stand out from other supply chain management providers is the wide variety of their solutions. Where most providers have one specific solution, UCOT have recognized that different customers require different solutions for their specific supply chain issues.

Some customers may even require different solutions for the same product, depending on the countries they’re trading in. As an example, to have a barcode or QR code on a tin of infant nutrition may be perfectly suitable in a country like Australia. …


Wine producers rely a lot on bottle shops and supermarkets to promote their wine to the end consumer. They promote specific wines, put them on prominent or less noticeable shelving, and inform the end customers about the wine they have for sale.

This is a big pain point for wine brands as they don’t have an easy way of standing out from their competitors that have a similar product and price point. …


One of the solutions in UCOT’s ecosystem of supply chain solutions is an IoT device that senses and records the location and environmental factors from the supply chain, such as from a box, pallet or truck. The IoT device then sends this information to a central blockchain based database in real time, where it is compared to previous recordings of the same type of information.

This results in real time insights that drive actions, thereby maximizing cost efficiency in a live supply chain. This type of activity where we use data to derive key insights based on analyzing large data…


A lot of consumers have inadvertently purchased counterfeit luxury products. While no one will be surprised that most cheap shoes, belts and wallets from a big brand name bought at a street market may be counterfeit, this is not so for items that are bought online or through reputable retailers.

A lot of luxury brands have traditionally held the view that their brand being subject to counterfeit is a form of flattery. However, by not protecting their brand against counterfeit their reputation actually gets tarnished. …


Organisations often see their supply chain as a separate department within their business and as a cost that needs to be minimized. Their products need to go from A to B as efficiently as possible and that’s where the supply chain’s exclusive remit sits.

With UCOT’s world first supply chain management ecosystem this mindset is set to change as their supply chain solutions also enable the Marketing department to get extra value from the supply chain.

In this article we’ll explain UCOT’s ecosystem in detail first and will then describe how the different technologies within their ecosystem will enable Marketing…

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Digitised supply chain ecosystem powered by the latest IoT & 5G telecommunications and blockchain technologies.

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