We’ve launched our second season of Agiblocks Tutorials just this week – you can find the first installment of our brand-new series on Logistics here. That didn’t go unnoticed by our friends over at CTRMCenter, as we were approached for an interview on the virtues of education and passing along expertise. “While plainly, the videos serve to promote Agiboo and its flagship product, Agiblocks, the intent behind them is to help educate and preserve industry knowledge”, says Gary Vasey.
“Talking with Jan van den Brom is always interesting as he often has intriguing observations to impart”, he states. “In recent months and years, conversations with Jan have often touched on the need for education in the industry. I don’t think I would be misquoting him in saying that he sees ComTech as a necessary and beneficial educator and advisory in the industry. He constantly encourages us to revisit topics periodically as ‘new people are coming into the industry all of the time who don’t necessarily know the things we assume they do’.”
“A few years ago, Jan started writing a massive set of website materials that Agiboo had me edit. The idea was to provide a knowledge center at its website. I’m not sure how much of that original content remains on the website today. Still, it was a treasure trove of solid, primary, and more advanced information about commodities, and trading and risk management.” You can indeed find most of that wealth of knowledge in our Commodity Knowledge Center, including our latest whitepaper on Agiblocks.
Our efforts in documenting information about commodities has now been joined by a program that Agiboo has been running for many months featuring short informational videos. The video tutorials are available both on the Agiboo website and YouTube channels. Vasey: “Yes, they do feature Agiblocks, but their primary purpose is to help educate people in the industry and provide a resource for those who wish to learn a bit more. They are executed to a high standard and reflect well on Jan’s enthusiasm for the industry and his company.” You can read the full article on ctrmcenter.com.
Education and passing along experience
Physical commodity contracts can be complex. In fact, all aspects of CTRM solutions for agricultural and soft commodities are by definition complex, because solutions like Agiblocks need to be rich in functionalities to support all the flexibility that characterizes the industry. You need to think about longer periods of time, multiple deliveries, optionality, premiums, quality differentials, and so on.
In the very first video (below) we show you what you need to know when dealing with physical commodity contracts.