In brief

  • Hyperledger has announced several new members.
  • Walmart is one of the main companies to join.
  • The supermarket chain has also experimented with blockchain technology.

Walmart has joined the Hyperledger community, according to a statement today, alongside seven other new members. Built by the Linux Foundation, Hyperledger is a collaborative network of companies building open-source blockchains and related tools.

The announcement was made at the Hyperledger Global Forum 2020. Besides Walmart, other new members are blockchain R&D company Aiou Technology, settlements and clearing firm Clear, modular blockchain platform Conduent, delivery platform provider Joisto Group, smartcards developer Tangem and tokenization firm Tokenation.

During the forum, Hyperledger also welcomed six new certified service providers.

“Beijing Proinsight Technology, Kompitech, LimeChain, Mindtree, Xoaa and Zhigui are the latest organizations to complete the criteria for the recently launched program. Members are pre-qualified, vetted service providers who have deep experience helping enterprises successfully adopt Hyperledger enterprise blockchain technologies,” the announcement reads.

Notably, this is not Walmart’s first foray into decentralized technology. Last year, the company deployed blockchain to track leafy greens after the outbreak of Romaine E. coli. Per Hyperledger’s case study, “Walmart brought unprecedented transparency to the food supply chain with Hyperledger Fabric.”

As Decrypt reported in January, Hyperledger recently overtook R3 Corda in developer activity. At the same time, major companies around the world continue to show commercial interest in enterprise-grade blockchains.