B2B E-Commerce, Online Auction, Supply Chain Management, and E-Collaboration

B2B E-Commerce, Online Auction, Supply Chain Management, and E-Collaboration

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1800-8.ch007
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Learning Objectives

After completing this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of B2B e-commerce;

  • Describe various types of B2B e-marketplaces;

  • Understand various online auctions;

  • Describe the fee structures of online auctions;

  • Discuss electronic logistics marketplaces;

  • Describe web-based supply chain management;

  • Explain e-collaboration in B2B environments;

  • Discuss different types of e-collaboration systems;

  • Describe factors of trust in B2B e-commerce;

  • Explain the drivers of international B2B e-commerce adoption;

  • Describe factors of trust in international B2B e-commerce;

  • Discuss challenges in international B2B e-commerce;

  • Describe categories of B2B standards;

  • Discuss challenges in the implementation of B2B standards.


Teleroute - An Electronic Third Party Logistics

With rising oil prices and growing fears over climate change, road transport is now a focus of attention. According to recent estimates, one in three transportation vehicles in Europe runs without cargo. B2B e-commerce can play an important part in helping to make logistics more efficient.

Founded in 1985, Teleroute is the creator of the original and popular online freight and vehicle exchange. Teleroute is part of Wolters Kluwer, a leading global information services and publishing company with 2006 annual revenues of £2.5billion/€3.7 billion and approximately 18,400 employees across Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific. Teleroute employs more than 200 people and runs operations in 27 countries. Strategic direction comes from Teleroute’s headquarters in Brussels where the focus is on developing new products and services, and coordinating each country’s activities. The customers are truck owner/drivers, haulers, freight forwarders, and large multinational companies. With more than 25 years’ experience in the transport and logistics industry, 1.2 million tons of freight are transported daily via Teleroute solutions. Teleroute provides road transport companies of all types with powerful online solutions for the complete freight management process. Some of the online solutions are as follows.

Freight Exchange

A freight exchange is a matching service that allows haulers to search for available freight or post their available capacity - and freight forwarders to offer freight to be transported or to search for vehicles. Teleroute’s range of online freight exchange products are based on a unique and common database across Europe with offers updated in real-time. Teleroute freight exchange is a neutral marketplace reserved for certified transport companies. More than 70,000 registered certified transport professionals connected every day with 200,000 daily freight and vehicle offers.

Unique Value-Added Services

In addition to freight exchange solutions, Teleroute offers customers unique services such as debt management, reliability, and customer identity services.

Transport Route Planner

A transport route planner is a professional route planner and cost calculator that estimates hauler’s travel times, distances, and tolls, and displays routes and maps to carefully plan trips across the UK & Europe.

After reading this chapter, you will be able to answer the following:

  • 1.

    How was the logistics and transportation industry affected by B2B e-commerce?

  • 2.

    What are different types of electronic third party logistics companies?

  • 3.

    How could electronic third party logistics companies help shippers to improve their supply chain?

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