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Analyze supply chain of 3 eBusiness websites

Analyze 3 eBusiness websites: www.barnesandnoble.com, www.borderstores.com, www.booksamillion.com in terms of spply chain. Make sure that you describe the Supply Chain for selling books the old fashioned way. Draft 3- 4-pages that describe the supply chain for selling books on the worldwide web versus in a "brick and mortar" environment. Explain how the supply chain was modified from "brick and mortar" by the Web sites. Please be specific.

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Concept of supply chain management

Supply chain management has become increasingly popular and those organizations who are recognizing the importance of effective supply chain management are gaining significant competitive advantage over their competitors because of way they are configuring and managing their supply chain.

Supply chain management spans all movement and storage of raw materials, work-in-They have transformed value propositions of goods and services offered. The ultimate aim is to provide a complete end to end consumer experience---right from the promise to satisfy his need to its delivery.

Traditional supply chain of Book industry
The book industry's traditional supply chain is lengthy, complex, and costly and has to handle a large number and wide variety of products. It involves many different players (publishers, printers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers) and many common processes and related information flows (e.g. buying, distribution, sales, customer service, returns)

This is as follows:


Export/ Library/ Education Institution/wholesaler
Retailer/ Reader

The existing supply chain depends on larger batch sizes; infrequent ordering which may not be relevant to today's little-and-often ordering patterns. There is low inventory turnover and high stock days leading to high holding costs and wastage. There may be delay in logistics and the customer may not be updated dynamically or on real time basis.

Analysis of www.Barnes and Noble.com

Its providing lot of goods and services including books through its ecommerce portal directly to the consumers. It is ...

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The solution analyzes the supply chain of 3 eBusiness websites.