Undergraduate Research

Blockchain Technology: The Future of Sustainability in the Retail Sector

  • Rebekkah Navas (Texas Tech University)
  • Samina Khan (Texas Tech University)
  • Hyo Jung (Julie) Julie Chang (Texas Tech University)


Many consumers and professionals realize that the state of the world is declining and that change must be adopted. The problem, however, is that it is difficult for consumers to compare brands in the saturated market to make conscious sustainability decisions. This paper will propose an alternative to eco-labelling, the current marketing tool used by companies to inform consumers of their sustainability initiatives. A research model is proposed to understand the effect of Blockchain data on the three elements of ecolabels, and the resulting impact onconsumer behavior compared to the outcome of the traditional ecolabel. Businesses working with blockchain data will be able to identify inefficiencies in their supply chain, which can help determine if any necessary changes should be made.As consumers try to make conscious decisions based on the effect on the environment and society, businesses should try to position themselves within the consumer’s moral interests.

Keywords: sustainability, Blockchain, quantitative research

How to Cite:

Navas, R., Khan, S. & Chang, H. J., (2019) “Blockchain Technology: The Future of Sustainability in the Retail Sector”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 76(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/itaa.9483

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Published on
15 Dec 2019