A trade collaboration system (TCS) is a system designed to coordinate the work of supply chain stakeholders involved in the business processes of global logistics. Using the Software as a Service (SaaS) model, the TCS provides a cohesive, process-oriented viewpoint on the stakeholders collaborative work. The stakeholders supported by these systems include a customer and supplier, carriers, third party logistics providers (3PLs), freight forwarders, customs brokers, and government agencies. The National Institute of Standards and Technology, (NIST) through collaboration with the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) is developing an enabling framework for trade collaboration systems. The AIAG Materials Off-Shore Sourcing (MOSS) project performed a pilot investigation of TCS capabilities in cooperation with a software vendor that developed a MOSS-conforming TCS. This chapter reports on the enabling framework, its approach to improving data quality (DQ), and a cost / benefit analysis of trade collaboration systems.
Electronic Business Interoperability: Concepts, Opportunities, Challenges
IGI Global, Hershey, PA
inter-organizational information systems, eBusiness, eDocuments, data quality, software as a service, electronic data interchange