[From iSource Business, March 2001] It might seem contradictory that a segment of the economy centered around moving would be stationary when it comes to anything, but that's largely the case when it comes to the transportation industry and e-procurement. Maybe it's because of the solid nature of the underlying structure of transportation: Iron rails, great swaths of concrete and rebar, and oceangoing behemoths don't easily lend themselves to high-speed business evolution.
But the transportation industry is moving into e-procurement, however hesitantly. To get an idea of the state of e-procurement, transportation-wise, iSource spoke with analysts from Gartner Group and KPMG Consulting LLC, and a transportation executive and purchaser with Ryder. Here's what we found.
Larry Clopp, Research Director, Gartner
Clopp forecasts a change in the technological capabilities in transportation, particularly the inbound aspect: