Extreme capacity management in an electronic marketplace environment

  • US 7,370,009 B1
  • Filed: 04/23/2001
  • Issued: 05/06/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/05/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented system for managing an excess or under capacity at a first entity in a supply chain, the system comprising:

  • at least one computer system comprising;

    a planning application, the planning application receives status data for at least the first entity reflecting the excess or under capacity at the first entity and generates a plan according to the status data; and

    a manager application, the manager application receives the plan and, according to the plan, automatically initiates at least one service in an attempt to resolve at least a portion of the excess or under capacity through interaction with one or more other entities and selects the service from among a plurality of available services based on a monetary value to the first entity of a resolution expected to be available using the selected service relative to other services, an action selected from the group consisting of;

    sell items to one or more other entities according to a previously existing contract between the first entity and the one or more other entity;

    purchase items from one or more other entities according to the previously existing contract between the first entity and the one or more other entity;

    sell items to one or more other entities in an auction;

    purchase items from one or more other entities in a reverse auction;

    post items in a catalog of the first entity for sale to one or more other entities;

    purchase items posted in a catalog of one or more other entities;

    post items in an inventory listing service for sale to one or more other entities; and

    purchase items posted in an inventory listing service by one or more other entities.

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