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Metals on the E-commerce Bandwagon
"The Internet is changing the way business transactions are handled.
E-commerce, once a novelty to some, is becoming a part of the daily
business routine. How are metal companies using new technology to do
business in the digital age? Here is a compilation of recent stories
from AMM.com dealing with e-commerce."
[Article list at http://www.amm.com/ref/hot/ecomm.htm [this is a
subscription database of articles - see
http://www.amm.com/subscrib/2000/mar/top/0329tp02.htm for details]
"...media to assist you in learning about the Steel Industry,
e-Commerce and their interrelationship"
Procurement Exchanges Increase Efficiencies [e-procurement]
Bank, Steel Industry Join Hands in E-Commerce
Steel industry woes to blame for e-commerce sites demise
The Steel Industry and E-Business
Facts and Figures - Steel E-Commerce Forecast Table
The Rise and Rise of e-markets
"For example, the relatively commoditised steel industry is both large
and highly fragmented, causing inefficiency in its purchasing process.
As a result, Steelscreen.com, spawned by the success of E-Steel and
MetalSite in the US, has a good opportunity to establish itself as a
European e-market for the steel industry."
OTHER LINKS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST:
You may be able to procure the notes from this meeting:
Steel Industry Systems Association - 127th Meeting - May 1999
Electronic Commerce and Steel Technology for the 21st Century
"Major corporations already are procuring goods via trading exchanges.
Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich., for instance, is preparing to route
its worldwide procurement of steel for tier-one stampers via e-Steel,
a trading exchange serving the steel industry. Currently Ford
purchases steel worldwide on behalf of the stampers, totaling up to
two-thirds of Ford's total steel procurement. To streamline this often
complex and cumbersome process, e-Steel is developing an application
on its site where the stampers will transact the business over the Web
themselves. It's expected the exchange will account for the
procurement of four to five million tons of steel over the next two
and a half years. "There's an opportunity to make that process far
more efficient by Web-enabling it, and that is just what e-Steel is in
the process of doing for us," says Ford's Andrew Hinkly, director, raw
"The final straw that broke the back of the technology's credibility
was the US-based B2B steel exchange, which had a market capitalisation
greater than the entire US steel industry."
MSA Scrap Site
MSA Metal Site
Metal and Materials Science Industry
The Asian Steel Industry Can Benefit Significantly from the Internet
by Madanmohan Rao interviews Andrew Yao, CEO of iSteelAsia.com
US Steel Invests in e-Steel by atnewyork Staff
"winning" report on Ebusiness in the stainless steel industry - may be
available for purchase
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