Service Parts Databases and eBay


Some History on Parts Databases

Back in the 2000 at the top of the tech boom, a company called Aspect Technology was purchased by supply chain software company i2 Technologies. Aspect Technology had developed an extensive parts database and the idea was that i2 would be able to leverage this database to power its supply chain software. The merger ended up being a bust, however it did highlight the importance of parts databases. However, a number of years after, industry does still not have the one-to-many concept of service parts tapped.

eBay the Underdog

One the other side is eBay. While eBay started off as simply an auction site. However, with its growth it has created something else. It is now the largest historical product database in human history. Amazingly, eBay did not have to pay for this database. Instead they were paid to create it. This is not the way service parts databases were supposed to have grown. The old (at the time the new) concept was that part databases would be developed by specialized companies with large hoards of consultants and meetings with tightly managed implementation schedules and so on.

What No One Predicted

No one thought that the most successful parts database would accumulate from transactions from an auction site. The database is an emergent property of theactivities are large amounts of people who just wanted to sell their product. The database is no an asset for eBay. It is also an asset for users, but it would be a greater asset if eBay would open the search capability to previous sales that are older than 30 days old. eBay should do this as it would cost them very little and while they claim it at their intellectual property, in fact it cost them very little to develop this database and is most free work on the part of people who created listings with them.


eBay Great for Service Parts Markets That Are Competitive

Even the most esoteric parts are available on eBay…for some products such as computers. However, automobile parts are still limited, which we think is due to tying agreements imposed by auto manufacturers on suppliers. To read more about this, see this post.

http://www.scmfocus.com/servicepartsplanning/2009/05/23/the-reality-of-automotive-service-parts/

eBay Great for Service Parts Markets That Are Competitive

Even the most esoteric parts are available on eBay…for some products such as computers. However, automobile parts are still limited, which we think is due to tying agreements imposed by auto manufacturers on suppliers. To read more about this, see this post.

http://www.scmfocus.com/servicepartsplanning/2009/05/23/the-reality-of-automotive-service-parts/