Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Building a Virtual Supply Chain in Second Life

First let me apologize for not posting in so long. I upgraded my Firefox browser and it dropped my user names and passwords, including this one and the retrieve feature doesn't work if you can't recall your user name. So all apologies. Now back to the exciting world of supply chains or in this case the virtual supply chain.

Last week IBM's CEO was in China and among several announcements that were made he hosted a virtual meeting using the world called Second Life. If you are not familiar the free, open standards software allows users to create an avatar or alter ego in a global online world. In this virtual world "people" can live almost a normal life. You can buy a house, land, clothes even a Dell laptop using the local currency. Which got me thinking, perhaps I will start a virtual supply chain company, perhaps a 3PL. One of the great and less realistic features of Second Life is that users can fly and one of the challenges of the application is that it requires a lot of bandwidth and RAM. So for those on slower connections, for a small fee, my 3PL company could deliver roses to 20 people faster than a user on a slow connection. Plus, as more retailers pop up, users could purchase products and not have to wait around as they are being built, as in the case when you buy a Dell laptop.

What do you think? Any Second Life VC's out there? Look me up on Second Life my name is Sac Racer (that's me to the right, chain mail shirt and all. Hey, wait a minute, that could be in the name of my 3PL - Chain Mail Express.

7 comments:

Timeless Prototype said...

Supply chains in SL work as a sustainable source of income. For example, check out the Multi Gadget Factory Vendor in the Timeless Gadget Shop in Hyades - click the reseller information button.

Then do an in-world search in Places for 'Multi Gadget'. All those resellers are proving it works.

What's more is that those same resellers are crying out for more resellable items.

SL needs more supply chains. It creates jobs, re-distributes the wealth and gives people a sense of identity and connection with the community.

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gyoengyi said...

This is a really great idea, please go ahead building a supply chain in 2nd life! Our SCM blog (http://interorganisational.org) will follow the development :)

In fact we are contemplating doing sthg similar - build a virtual SCM conference. It just takes time to convince attendants of the idea. But who knows? If IBM can use 2nd life for their meetings, maybe even super-traditional academics might follow suit.

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