B-Stock Blog

Sam’s Club Auctions on CNN’s Clark Howard

We are proud to once again be supporting Sam’s Club on this initiative. We have people who were part of the launch at FairMarket in 2001, then we helped them grow while we were at eBay through 2008, and now we look forward to taking it to an even higher level as B-Stock Solutions. They …

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Posted in: Liquidation

Everything as a Service

Yesterday, I attended GigaOM’s Structure ’09 conference where HP’s CTO of Cloud Services Strategy, Russ Daniels, made a bold prediction. “Everything as a Service.” To clarify, Daniels’ believes that the current trends in technology will lead to a world where “information, opportunities and experiences — from computing power to business processes to personal interactions” will …

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Dealing with Forecast Inaccuracies

In my inbox this morning, I found a press release announcing a massive one-day $5 million inventory reduction auction by boating company North Point Water Sports.  Events such as this are not uncommon in the manufacturing industry as excess inventory is a major problem for many companies operating in a make-to-stock environment. Unfortunately, a fundamental …

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Preparing for Disruptive Events

Great article by Steve Banker over at Logistics Viewpoint titled Integrating Strategic and Supply Chain Planning at Emerson. In the article, Steve gives a case study of Emerson Process Management, a company that has prepared itself for turbulent times by implementing a robust strategic management planning process. A major part of Emerson’s risk analysis accounts …

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How did we get here?

When I launched the eBay Private Marketplace business in 2004, I spent most of my time that first year talking to retailers and manufacturers learning how they manage bulk liquidation (ie. truckloads and pallets) of excess, overstock and returned inventory. After the first 20-30 of these conversations, I was amazed by the consistency of what …

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Forklift buyers know: Change is comin’!

There are probably an unlimited number of examples of effects like this one. A niche ripple effect of the slowing economy and changing consumption habits that will have major impact on excess and overstock inventory and secondary market activity in an upstream or downstream market. If I was advising a major player in this industry, …

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B-Stock Solutions Closes $1.2 Million in Series A Funding

MENLO PARK, CA, February 19, 2009 – B-Stock Solutions, Inc. today announced that it has secured $1.2 million in Series A venture capital funding led by True Ventures that will help the company complete development on its proprietary private marketplace platform and to further help its customers optimize their recovery rates on liquidation sales. The …

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