In 1999 Sun Microsystems, a US based provider of industrial-strength hardware, software, and services, formed an alliance with USCO Logistics, a US logistics services provider, to create a Virtual Logistics Network which linked suppliers (manufacturers), repair vendors, and logistics service providers to leverage information systems and deliver a seamless link to Sun's customers. The network linked supply chain partners via a World Wide Web (WWW) interface which transmitted spare parts orders, d...

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