As competition abounds, the efficient organization of a company's supply chain is a vital success factor for companies in today's business world. In recent years, electronic hubs have received great attention, providing buyers and suppliers alike with a means of structuring and streamlining their supply chains in order to create maximum efficiency. Concerning the future of the e‐hub environment, online marketplaces are expected to move rapidly toward becoming full service providers, letting e‐commerce swallow the entire supply chain. Moreover, distinctions between public and private hubs will likely blur, while only the strongest electronic hubs with the most profitable operations strategies will be able to succeed in the long run. Conducts analysis to the e‐hubs supply chain, followed by a comparative analysis of the current situation supported by examples of successful e‐hubs. As a consequence, provides a benchmarking basis for organizations wishing to incorporate the know‐how and experience of these successful hubs into their own business. Finally, a forecast to future trends in the e‐hub market space is conducted along with recommendations.
Benchmarking: An International Journal – Emerald Publishing
Published: Dec 1, 2002
Keywords: Supply chain; Information technology; Electronic commerce; Strategy
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