Procurement & Finance in Supply Chain Management

"Innovative, application-orientated concepts and solutions for an optimized commercial management of the Supply Chain and the linkage of material and financial flows"

Procurement & Finance in Supply Chain Management

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The first Fraunhofer Blockchain Technology Day took place in Berlin on November 5, 2019.

In cooperation with the "Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie" and the "Gesellschaft für Informatik", Fraunhofer invited interested participants to an intensive discussion on blockchain technology.



Find out everything about our current research projects and cooperations.

What We Do


decentralized & reliable:

Blockchain & Smart Contracts

A blockchain enables both the decentralization of transaction management and the automation of processes and organizational principles.

We support you in identifying use cases for Smart Contracts in the physical and financial value chain and beyond.


concrete implementation:

Management of Industry 4.0

Based on the key question "What is the benefit of industry 4.0 for your company and how can an implementation be realized", answers to various questions regarding the management of industry 4.0 will be developed together with selected industry partners. Using a developed business case calculator, innovative business models can be evaluated...


synchronization of financial & material flows:

Financial Supply Chain Management

In the financial supply chain, the financial flows of the entire supply chain are considered in order to identify various benefits for manufacturers, suppliers and financial service providers. This area is divided into Supply Chain Finance and Smart Finance. 


bridging the gap:

Smart Finance

The harmonisation of financial and material flows is at the forefront of Smart Finance. The use of new technologies such as Smart Contracts and Blockchains for the digitization of financial flows or Smart Payment (B2B) for the digitization of transaction processes brings significant advantages for companies identified in the area of Smart Finance.


industry 4.0 in procurement:

Procurement 4.0

Purchasing plays a special role in the implementation of Industry 4.0. It is the internal interface to the company and the external interface to the partners in the entire supply chain. Purchasing therefore undoubtedly has a great responsibility for the entire company.

The current study "Digitization of Purchasing - Purchasing 4.0" gives you initial guidance on the implementation of Industry 4.0 in Purchasing.


customized processes & systems:

Supply Chain Operations

Supply chain operations focus on processes and systems tailored to your individual situation and future requirements. You have the task, we have the path.

Acute need for optimisation, planned further development or the advancement of innovations - whatever drives you, we will be happy to support you!

Who We Are


Our Team


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Jakob S. et al. (2018): Blockchain und Smart Contracts. Effiziente und sichere Wertschöpfungsnetzwerke. Fraunhofer Schriftenreihe Future Challenges in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. DOI: 10.24406/IML-N-503691.

Prinz W., Schulte A. (eds.): Fraunhofer position paper: Blockchain and Smart Contracts - Technologies, research issues and applications. Dortmund, 2018.

Prinz W., Schulte A. (eds.): Fraunhofer-Positionspapier "Blockchain und Smart Contracts - Technologien, Forschungsfragen und Anwendungen. Dortmund, 2017.