BtoB goes parts route

Published on . has disclosed plans to build a b-to-b trading exchange specifically focused on parts for the $1 billion packaging equipment parts industry, called Parts Purchasing Exchange. The move is interesting because's primary business objective is to create an exchange for the $450 billion business of managing the Internet sale of packing products by suppliers to corporate buyers. Its move to provide a supplier service -- PPX is designed to minimize the amount of downtime suppliers will have when a machine breaks -- suggests that b-to-b exchanges will extend services underneath their primary business model., Falls Church, Va., is one of the more robust b-to-b exchanges to date, with 5,300 companies listing 100,000 products.
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