Title

Buyer-Carts for B2B EC: The b-Cart Approach

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

9-2003

Abstract

To support the purchasing process in the B2B EC platform, we analyze various architectures of buyer-carts. The desired features for buyer-carts are collection, recording, trashing, tracking, identification, ordering, payment, purchasing decision support, and transmission to e-procurement systems. Buyer-carts can be categorized as s-cart, i-cart, and b-cart depending upon its residing sites: seller, intermediary, and buyer sites. To design the architectures of B2B e-marketplaces considering the role of buyer-carts, we analyzed the meaningful combinations of marketplace operators, pricing mechanisms, and existing types of buyer-carts, Eleven types of B2B EC architectures are proposed in this regard, and their pros and cons are evaluated. Based on this framework, we design a prototype system MyCart, which allows the buyer to use b-cart along with s-cart and i-cart. By using b-cart, a buyer can visit multiple sites collecting information in his/her own cart. This will allow the tight integration of b-cart with the e-procurement system. We propose the b-cart approach can be a framework of integrating the e-marketplaces with e-procurement systems including ERP systems.

Keywords

intermediary-cart, i-cart, B2B, EC, e-cart, shopping, cart, CIS, ERP, integration, b-cart, buyer-cart, s-cart, seller-cart

Discipline

Computer Sciences | E-Commerce

Research Areas

Information Systems and Management

Publication

Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce

Volume

13

Issue

3/4

First Page

289

Last Page

308

ISSN

1091-9392

Identifier

10.1207/S15327744JOCE133&4_08

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1207/S15327744JOCE133&4_08