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B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer
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B2B E-Marketplaces Rise And Fall By Steve Keifer

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A look back at the B2B e-Marketplaces 10 years later. Some called it the golden age of B2B e-Commerce while others called it the height of insanity. Regardless of your perspective, it is unlikely …

A look back at the B2B e-Marketplaces 10 years later. Some called it the golden age of B2B e-Commerce while others called it the height of insanity. Regardless of your perspective, it is unlikely that we will ever see such experimental investment in supply chain innovation again.

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  • A surprisingly candid and well prepared overview of the B2B bursting bubble, although authored by a GXS insider, is well done and fairly unbiased. If only the company was as visionary. If only the ethics of the organization mirrored te author's good intent......
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  • Hi Steve,

    nice info, after more than 20 years in b2b (supply chain collaboration) I believe only in PTX (Private trade exchange). More controllable and faster implementation and benefits...

    I appreciate if you can send me the slides to: franzboen@gmail.com
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  • Hi Steve,
    You have done a great summary of the last 10 years in B2B e-commerce.
    I would appreciate if you send me a copy of your slides to luis.boada@arcelormittal.com
    Thanks in advance.
    Luis
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  • 1. Rise and Fall of the B2B e- Marketplaces A Look Back 10 Years Later Slide 1 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 2. Some call it the Golden Age of B2B e- Commerce. Others call it the height of insanity. Regardless of your perspective, it is difficult to argue that there will ever be another time like it in the world of B2B e-commerce. Slide 2 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 3. The marketplace era witnessed an unparalleled infusion of capital and an unparalleled appetite for risk. Entrepreneurs around the world engaged in widespread supply chain innovation and experimentation. Slide 3 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 4. Who Cares about the Marketplaces? B2B e-Marketplaces formed a long time ago and they failed So why bother revisiting the issues and challenges? Slide 4 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 5. “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it” George Santayana Slide 5 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 6. A Look Back at the Dot Com Era Slide 6 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 7. The Field of Dreams In the 1989 movie Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner builds a baseball field in the middle of an Iowa cornfield. The field would be used by Shoeless Joe Jackson and 7 members of the 1919 Chicago Black Sox team who were banned for life for throwing games. Slide 7 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 8. If You Build It…They Will Come Ten years later this movie quotation became the Motto for Dot Com Entrepreneurs Slide 8 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 9. “Hockey Stick” Revenue Growth Investors should overlook periods of low revenues and profitability after startup… Revenue …As they will be followed by a Hockey Stick sloped period of rapid growth Time Slide 9 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 10. The Land Grab Strategy Monopoly Strategies Prevailed Buy as much property as you can on the assumption that you will realize long term revenue streams from collecting rent (on- going services) Slide 10 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 11. A B2B e-Marketplace Facilitates the real-time transfer of information, money and goods Slide 11 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 12. B2B e-Marketplaces were going to Revolutionize Supply Chains Slide 12 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 13. Forward Auction Multiple buyers compete to obtain goods or services Bidding drives higher prices until a winner prevails Slide 13 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 14. Reverse Auctions Opposite Dynamics $100,000 $90,000 Supplier competes for the right to win $80,000 business. $75,000 Lowest bid wins the $70,000 auction. Slide 14 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 15. Traditional Supplier Selection Process Face-to-Face Negotiation between Buyer and Seller RFX to group of Known Suppliers E-Marketplaces attempted to use the Internet to introduce new buyer-seller relationships Slide 15 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 16. Matching Buyers & Suppliers Online BUYER SUPPLIER Slide 16 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 17. E-Procurement Employee Compliance with Purchasing Policies • All preferred supplier catalogs at single corporate site • Easy to use tools such as wizards to guide buyers through requisitioning process • Automating approval process for purchases Slide 17 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 18. E-Procurement Savings of $10-$20 per Purchase Order Slide 18 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 19. E-Procurement • Avoid keying of information on paper requisitions • Reducing purchasing errors and rework • Costs of mailing paper POs from satellite offices to Headquarters Automation of Requisition & PO Process Slide 19 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 20. Excess Inventory Over $100B in Excess Inventory is Produced Every Year Excess Inventory in the Apparel Sector represents 7% of Annual Sales Slide 20 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 21. Excess Inventory Liquidation Overstocked merchandise is sold, often at a significant price reduction, to discount retailers. E-Marketplaces provide services to place excess inventory with buyers around the world. Online auctions increased price transparency through expanded information flow amongst buyers and sellers. Slide 21 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 22. Like an Overstock.com for B2B Slide 22 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 23. B2B e-Marketplaces – They Were Built…but Will they Come? Slide 23 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 24. New Investment Strategies Anyone with sufficient capital and risk appetite could build a e-marketplace And they did… • Venture Capitalists • Technology Entrepreneurs • Auto Manufacturers • Grocery Retailers • Electronics Manufacturers • Logistics Providers • Metals & Mining Companies Slide 24 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 25. Three Models for Exchanges Independent First Wave (Public) Trading Funded by Venture Capitalists and Exchanges Entrepreneurs Consortia Second Wave Trading Funded by Groups of Exchanges Buyers & Suppliers Private Third Wave Trading Managed as IT projects Exchanges by single company Slide 25 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 26. Independent Exchanges Buyer Buyer Buyer Buyer Advantages • Independent from Legacy systems • Neutral – No ownership by buyer or supplier • Governance model Owner allowed innovation and Consortia agility Exchange Owner Disadvantages • No default participation from equity owners • Got to market too early before demand fully developed Supplier Supplier Supplier Supplier Slide 26 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 27. Consortia Exchanges Buyer Buyer Buyer Buyer Advantages • Well-funded by customer/equity owners • Deep knowledge of industry processes • Established base of customers Consortia Exchange Disadvantages • Questionable neutrality • Governance challenges – owners are customers • Security – possible sharing of trade secrets Supplier Supplier Supplier Supplier Slide 27 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 28. Private Exchanges Buyer Buyer Buyer Buyer Advantages • High participation levels from captive base of suppliers and buyers • Built upon ERP & EDI systems with high levels of usage Private Exchange • Driven by ROI from hub- (Owner) owner versus investor goals Disadvantages • Functionality and access different for each hub • Buyers & suppliers forced to use many different exchanges Supplier Supplier Supplier Supplier Slide 28 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 29. The Exchanges were Built… At the Peak of the Dot Com Era there were over 2500 B2B e-Marketplaces Slide 29 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 30. Rise & Fall of the B2B E-Marketplaces 1600 Number of Online Marketplaces 1400 Venture Capitalists froze 1200 investments in April 2000 1000 800 Peak in B2B market was 600 February 2000 400 200 0 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 Source: Shakeouts in Digital Markets: Lessons from B2B Exchanges - California Management Review Vol 45, No. 2 – Winter 2003 Slide 30 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 31. But they didn’t come… By 2004 there were fewer than 200 B2B e- Marketplaces Slide 31 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 32. NASDAQ through Dot Com Era Over $5 Trillion in Market Value was lost in the Tech Sector Slide 32 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 33. “A Period of Irrational Exuberance” Alan Greenspan Slide 33 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 34. The Most Popular Dummies Book… Realizing the Flawed Assumptions about B2B e-Marketplace Growth Potential - Investors Fled But Most were Too Late to Sell their Positions in Marketplaces Slide 34 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 35. Why the Marketplaces Failed Slide 35 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 36. Supplier Resistance Suppliers viewed reverse auctions as a mechanism simply for reducing price. Auctions did not provide sufficient weighting to quality, capacity, service, performance. Slide 36 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 37. Lack of Liquidity Consequently, many suppliers did not participate in marketplace auctions. The result was a lack of liquidity for buyers and a lack of transaction fees for exchanges. Slide 37 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 38. Not Popular with Suppliers Supplier’s Reaction to Reverse Suppliers viewed reverse Auctions auctions as a mechanism simply for reducing price. Suppliers believed that auctions did not provide sufficient weighting to quality, capacity, service, performance. Consequently, many did not participate in auctions Slide 38 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 39. Good for Pencils, but Not Engine Parts Marketplaces worked for: • Liquidation of excess merchandise • Hard to find electrical components • Indirect procurement of MRO goods But most Purchasing was: • Based on more than price • Quality, service, capacity, performance • Requiring more extensive analysis Slide 39 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 40. Consortia Lacked Neutrality Growth Depended Upon: • Gain participation of non- equity members • New trading communities Non-Equity Members feared • Sharing sensitive pricing and product information on competitor owned platform • Paying transaction fees that flowed back to competitors Slide 40 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 41. Lack of Integration Lack of Integration to Fulfillment, Clearing and Settlement Systems Lowered ROI Marketplaces had no links to • Product Catalogs • Order Fulfillment • Transportation Management • Invoice Processing • Clearing & Settlement Slide 41 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 42. Culture & Relationships E-Marketplace Vendors Under-Estimated • Long-standing personal relationships, which were difficult to disrupt • Threatened to disintermediate brokers, distributors, wholesalers with power • Middle aged buyers and suppliers must switch from phone to electronic approaches Slide 42 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 43. A Look Back and the Road Ahead Slide 43 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 44. Perhaps they Succeeded…. There remains a general level of disappointment and remorse with the e- marketplaces… …But we should remember that these organizations were catalysts for a number of high value supply chain technologies still in use today. Minnesota Pension Fund Manager whose portfolio lost millions in e-Marketplaces Slide 44 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 45. Powering Today’s Supply Chains Product Catalog Collaborative Demand Planning Buy Side E- Procurement Supplier Portals Sell Side Order Management Logistics Management Excess Inventory Liquidation Reverse Auctions Slide 45 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 46. E-Procurement Market Steady Double $1,800 Digit Growth $1,600 $1,400 US Dollars (Millions) $1,200 $1,000 $800 $600 $400 $200 $0 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Source: Forrester Research - September 2008 “Holistic View: The e-Purchasing Software Market” Slide 46 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 47. E-Sourcing Market Steady Double $1,200 Digit Growth $1,000 US Dollars (Millions) $800 $600 $400 $200 $0 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Source: Forrester Research - September 2008 “Holistic View: The e-Purchasing Software Market” Slide 47 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 48. And Alibaba.com is Successful Slide 48 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 49. Private Marketplaces were the Winners Private Marketplaces Slide 49 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 50. A handful of the consortia have been successful by: Loyalty from customer-owners Merging with other exchanges Expanding into new product lines Slide 50 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 51. Covisint – Planning $1B IPO “Compuware Corp. hopes to raise at least $1 billion in an initial public offering of its Compuware Covisint subsidiary and has hired Morgan Stanley, the New York-based investment banker, to study the IPO’s feasibility.” October 29, 2007 http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20071029/SUB/310290010# Slide 51 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 52. Covisint hires former Detroit Mayer Kwame “Kilpatrick is going to work as an account executive for Compuware Covisint, a subsidiary of Detroit-based software company Compuware Corp., concentrating on the health care industry, the Detroit Free Press reported, citing a company memo.” February 12, 2009 http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20090212/FREE/902129972 Slide 52 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 53. e2open – Record Growth in 2009 http://www.e2open.com/news/article/e2open-experiences-35-percent-growth-in-first-half-of-fiscal-year-2010/ Slide 53 ©2009 GXS, Inc.
  • 54. Learn More Ten Years after the http://blogs.gxs.com/keifers/2009/10/b2b-e- B2B e-Marketplaces marketplaces-a-look-back-ten-years-later.html Ten Reasons why the http://blogs.gxs.com/keifers/2009/11/ten- Marketplaces Failed reasons-the-b2b-e-marketplaces-failed.html On the Edge http://www.gxs.com/tradinggridradio Podcast Recording Slide 54 ©2009 GXS, Inc.

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