Supply chain/electronic hubs: a comparative analysis

Yunus Kathawala, Khaled Abdou, Catharina von Franck
2002 Benchmarking : An International Journal  
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
more » ... viders, 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. Research methodology A substantial amount of literature has already been written on the topic of supply chain benchmarking. As yet however, the connection between this topic and the benefits of electronic hubs (e-hubs) is still in need of further elaboration. This article seeks to integrate and enhance the existing literature with new findings on successful e-hub operating practices. Hence, this study is based on an extensive review of existing literature regarding both supply chain benchmarking and operating aspects of e-hubs. The important findings of both areas are summarized and integrated into a framework for comparison. Special emphasis was placed on the coverage of the following points: . According to which criteria can the current e-hub environment be structured? . What characteristics distinguish one e-hub from another and which of these can be regarded as success factors? . What is the status quo of supply chain practice? The research register for this journal is available at
doi:10.1108/14635770210451460 fatcat:ket2mdflzfd5hegzctkiafa5fq