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Supply Chain The definition of supply chain would refer to the distribution of a product service etc from conception through the delivery to the consumer The managing of the supply chain involves sourcing manufacturing storage distribution and delivery of goods to the customers It requires integration with channel partners including suppliers distributors and customers to create a linked channel wwwlearnthatcom In order to know the differences between B2B business to business and B2C business to consumer we have to know what each one is E-commerce is basically any online transaction while B2C is when a company sells its products to consumers online and is for their own use Examples may include Amazoncom Borderscom and other store-like websites individuals can go to and purchase items B2B is an exchange of products services etc between businesses but not consumers So basically B2B is e-commerce between businesses Some examples of categories where B2B websites may fall include the following 1Company Web sites 2Product supply exchanges 3Industry portals specialized 4Brokering sites 5Information sites httpsearchciotechtargetcom B2B differs from B2C for a couple of reasons First the transaction amounts are higher for B2C and they are seller driven where B2B is more business driven According to a John M Coes article there are seven key differences between B2B and B2C from a marketing perception These differences include the size of the market the buying and selling process the cost and value of the sale data quality as well as lead generation vs sale Coe 2001 Another difference I found between the two is that B2B is actually larger and growing faster than B2C According to Dholakia an estimate was done on the two and he found that B2B made up 80 of all e-commerce in the year 2000 and this percentage would increase to 87 by the end of the year 2003 Dholakia 2002 Time and quality expectations are other differences of B2B and B2C Consumers have a high time expectation
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