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The Role of Supply-Chain Management in E-commerce

By Shaojun Xiao and Shensheng Zhang


Abstract: E-commerce does not just mean trading and shopping on the Internet. It means business efficiency at all operation levels. Executives know it is critical to effective business operations, but until now quantifiable performance measures have been as scarce as the number of corporate executives of China who heard of the phrase "supply chain management " (SCM). Supply Chain Management means coordinating, scheduling and controlling procurement, production, inventories and deliveries of products and services to customers. The SCM is the backbone of Ecommerce, a very critical component of E-commerce. Supply Chain Efficiency means having the right product at the right place at the right time, can save money/reduce costs, and can enhance cash utilization. A significant number of companies in the United States have implemented their Internet platform for Supply Chain Efficiency in the past 2 to 3 years, and the large of them will follow in the next few years. We will briefly review how the SCM can bring the benefits to the western corporations and Chinese corporations. Some case studies and B2B standard proposal will be presented to illustrate the benefits and bottleneck of E-commerce implementation in China

Year: 2009
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