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This report aims to explore two research objectives. The first objective is proving a deeper understanding of the issues and challenges supply chains faced due to the twin shocks. The second objective is to explain how emerging technologies and other digital infrastructures can be used to build secure digital supply networks that can reduce the information asymmetries and enhance collaboration, agility and optimisation whilst embedding just and fairer practices into digital processes.

The authors look at three supply chain case studies and the unique challenges they faced during the pandemic, then they examine how to leverage emerging technologies in the Web3 space to address these supply chain challenges including blockchain, smart contracts, NFTs, verifiable credentials, TradeTech, IoT and smart sensors, autonomous vehicles and robotics, drones and AI/ML for forecasting.

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