Proponents of the effort to give every item its own digital identity say they’ll unlock numerous benefits for brands and shoppers alike. But for these IDs to work will require overcoming some big obstacles first.
As leader of the Aura Blockchain Consortium, Daniela Ott is tasked with persuading brands to join brands such as LVMH, Prada and Richemont-owned Cartier on the shared digital platform which creates ‘product passports’ for luxury goods.
Brands are adopting new technologies that store and share product information to improve authentication, provide transparency and boost consumer trust. However, for “product passports” to truly gain traction, businesses must coalesce around common standards and engage with pilot projects at scale.