(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (io) Pub. No.: US 2003/0139996 Al
D'Antoni et al. (43) Pub. Date: Jul. 24,2003
(54) BUSINESS METHOD FOR FACILITATING THE SALE OF GOODS AND SERVICES
(76) Inventors: David D'Antoni, Dublin, OH (US);
Michael Portland, Dublin, OH (US)
WOOD, HERRON & EVANS, L.L.P.
2700 Carew Tower
Cincinnati, OH 45202 (US)
(21) Appl. No.: 09/877,154
(22) Filed: Jun. 8, 2001
Related U.S. Application Data
(60) Provisional application No. 60/212,611, filed on Jun. 19, 2000.
Publication Classification (51) Int. CI.7 G06F 17/60
A method for lacilitating the purchase ol goods and services ol a targeted population, typically ol medium to small-sized industrial manulacturers, labricators and others, at a lower total cost. A lacilitating entity establishes and acts as the hub ol a trading network and provides multiple value-added services to lacilitate trade through that hub. The lacilitating entity establishes business relationships with selected suppliers ol goods and services and with business partners. The lacilitating entity negotiates attractive prices with the suppliers given the volume purchases ol its business partners and ol the business partner customers. The lacilitating entity also establishes an information processing system that provides access to the trading network's suppliers by the business partners and the business partner customers and their employees. The resulting arrangement is mutually beneficial to the business partners, customers and suppliers, enabling all three to realize increased efficiencies and prolitability.