What exactly are they? How do they function? Learn what these tools can do and how they can be utilized to improve services and to do so more efficiently.
Digital marketplaces, such as Amazon.com as well as Vectorgi.com, are expanding into new areas such as freight forwarding or energy. Europe is hoping to play a larger in this area of business by creating its own markets.
What are the main characteristics of online marketplaces and how do they work?
What is a market in digital?
The energy sector is undergoing a shift because of the three Ds, which are decentralization, carbonization, and digitalization. Digital energy platforms, which is a software/hardware system, encompass all three by linking the demand and supply of electricity via the aggregation and integration of energy resources distributed across the globe which provide utilities to grids.
Vectorgi: A marketplace provides an possibility for buyers and sellers to trade on an item or service. It connects buyers who are interested in the product or service with sellers of the same item or service.
It’s an innovative business model that is unique to the industry.
such a novel concept that the market isn’t even regulated in the moment. Smaller distributed/decentralized energy resources like batteries of electric vehicles or rooftop solar PV cannot provide services to the grid on their own because of their tiny size. In addition, wind and solar renewable energy sources offer intermittent energy production since their energy sources rely on the sun and the wind to generate electricity. The purpose of an online marketplace is to connect all of these resources, in order to scale up and to be able to provide and sell electricity-related products for grid-connected services.
Grid owners and operators have the challenging task of balancing demand and supply for energy in real time, eliminating any bottlenecks or imbalances. Digital platforms can help with that however, it also is designed to serve power generators, owners of distributed energy assets, and bring value to the resources distributed to them.
In the past, centralized electricity markets, there was a centralization of
utilities were distributors as well as generators, as suppliers and traders of electricity. In the current decentralised market , the consumers play an active involvement in the generation of themselves energy, and then trading that on the marketplace. This is known as”prosumer. “prosumer,” which means prosumer who is an individual producer and consumer. This is accomplished by allowing the platform or aggregator access to the energy resources, which are distributed and then traded as bulk energy and other service to the grid operator.
Vectorgi: The primary idea about platforms is defined as the influence of networks. Which is an event that can see an increase in the amount of participants or users improve an item’s value. service or product. Access to markets is essential and so is the scaling and efficiency of transactions are among the targets we’re aiming for.
Salvatore Says”This is nothing more than what was going on at the early 20th century, when the telephone as well as the telecom industry were at its earliest stages. The significance for having mobile phones in the early 1900s was low, because only a handful of people had a phone. When you expand the size of your network and add users, the value of an application is increased, which is what we refer to as the effect of networks.
What exactly is a marketplace online? function?
Vectorgi A marketplace that is digital is a mediator between buyers and sellers. It’s not the actual owner of the asset.
Let’s examine the reasons of freight forwarding. Platforms that connect owners of trucks with the capability of transporting cargo from one location to buyers interested in purchasing the service.
The platform offers users the ability to identify other trucking companies. If the platform is scalable enough, it will also enable intermediaries to enhance logistical systems by finding empty containers that is among the major problems that truckers must deal with and also suggesting loads to be certain they’ve optimized the trip they’re on. They can add value based on their access to massive amounts of information.
Are there privacy concerns with the use of data?
Vectorgi: In the majority of situations privacy concerns are raised that require data to take into account and we are blessed to be part of the EU to have the General Data Protection Regulation. Which these companies must adhere to. When it comes to trucking, it is crucial to ensure that the proper security measures technological and organizational are in place to protect the personal data of each driver.
It’s one of the areas that needs to be solved and the majority of these companies spend a lot of time making sure they’re GDPR-compliant which may ultimately provide us with advantages in Europe when compared with other countries.
What’s the benefit of an online marketplace?
Vectorgi states that these platforms could provide significant value in markets that are extremely fragmented, like freight forwarding. Truckers’ ability access to access large shippers or people who require transportation services isn’t always simple. Platforms offer access as well as transparency for customers who they would not have access to before, and it opens up a range of possibilities for truckers. In general, the larger the market’s spread is, the more chance there is of disruption through platforms.
The consumer has numerous benefits. Let’s look at another situation where digital platforms are anticipated to make an impact on the automotive industry.
In general, a consumer buys a vehicle, they are then member of the business’s network for a period of time. There are many platforms trying to end the connection. In the future, fewer customers will be required to have cars, instead they’ll choose an option that is available anytime. For many, this is enough since they don’t really care about the kind of vehicle they’re driving for, particularly when they’re driving for shorter periods of time.
Isn’t that exactly what a leasing company does?
Vectorgi: Almost certainly it is a pay-as you-go service that is lower in cost and less flexible. This could be built on an idea of distributed where the vehicle is available within the area of its origin and doesn’t require travel to a central point, like the airport, in order to pick up the vehicle rental.
Private car owners may eventually sell their assets at any point they don’t need it. In this way, it’s the platform that manages the relationship with customers . It will not be able to bridge the gap between the car manufacturer as well as the dealership. The dealer will no longer be in a position to communicate with the customer, but provides an option to purchase a car. This has a major impact on the structure of the company and will surely cause auto manufacturers extremely worried.
Many of the industries that have existed for quite a while are interested in keeping the status quo. There are numerous instances of individuals coming from the outside — those with digital natives and offering the platform service. Startups have nothing to lose with the existing framework.
It’s going to be a challenge to get the most prestigious businesses to join these platforms and this could be the tipping point for these platforms. If enough large-scale companies join, it becomes more simple because of the effect of the networks previously mentioned. The more buyers present, the more sellers. That can attract more buyers so the cost can be spread over a larger number of transactions, improving efficiency.
There are a variety of instances of business-to-consumer markets.
Travel and tourism has also been greatly affected by the growth of online marketplaces in the past few years. Due to Booking, Skyscanner or Airbnb the majority of customers aren’t using travel agents anymore.
Salvatore The focus will be on the business-to-business (B2B) clients as they are able to provide rapid quantities of distributed resources as well as scale. However, in the near future, the time that electric cars will be able to transport millions of people on roads, everyone is likely to be interested in it which is why automobile manufacturers are eager to get involved. The B2C (business-to-consumer) business model will then increase its attractiveness.
Are these platforms designed to break up monopolies in specific regions?
Vectorgi Vectorgi’s goal Vectorgi is to make use of the latest technology and business models primarily to offer quality (cost quality, customer experience or) for customers by the centralization of existing ecosystems for industry. From an EIB perspective it’s all about helping champions of these industries , and ensuring Europe’s role in the business-to business sector.
Digital marketplaces have shifted away from media and entertainment along with retail and are increasingly being used in the business-to-business sector. Which includes transportation, manufacturing, and logistics, as in the energy and utilities sectors as well. This is the typical development for these markets in these various sectors, creating an ongoing process. Instead of attempting to compete with well-established competitors on the B2C sector, we’re focusing on the areas where marketplaces are an important component.
Salvatore A case study of energy
the shift from a centralised to a distributed method of doing business breaking up monopolies. But it will have an enormous impact on the entire value chain. There is a continuous contest to be the cheapest in terms of value creation in the field of renewable energy production due to the rapidly decreasing costs of investments as in addition to the zero marginal cost of power generation (the “fuel” is free for all to use). Platforms could tackle this issue by enhancing the concept of value generation by using distributed power generation sources. In a sense, similar way, it is the case with cars, since electric vehicles themselves have as much as 80% fewer components than internal combustion vehicles. This means that demand is on the rise for car manufacturers to find other ways to earn money to increase quality of their product.
What’s the purpose and how do you and the European Investment Bank get involved?
Salvatore The business is extremely dangerous because there is plenty of uncertainty about the expected cash flows. This is the reason why we can only be capable to finance this type of project using specific financial products developed together with the European Commission, which provides the necessary back-to-back guarantee.
Another problem is that online platforms are very sparse in terms of capital expenses, CAPEX. They generally have operating costs which include expenses for salaries related to research development, development, and innovation. As an institution in the public sector and vulnerable to financing based on infrastructure, the business we operate in is based on high-capex assets, which could be a aspect that prevents us from financing new projects.
We have recently completed our first transaction in digital energy platforms. Which combine various distribution methods for renewable sources of energy. We funded The Mobility House, a Swiss-German-based startup, through the company’s EUR15 million money loan The Mobility House in August. The company’s focus is on leasing companies and fleets of electric vehicles, and lease them to various other businesses as B2B business model. The business also blends other energy-related assets and distributes them in customers. general public.