IN THE PAST few years, electronic auctions have barely made a peep in the ongoing conversation about strategic sourcing of meeting services. But two major players have teamed up to try to change that. American Express Business Travel, New York, launched an e-auction meeting tool last month created by StarCite Inc., the Philadelphia-based provider of meeting-management technology. E-auctions are fixed-duration online bidding events in which multiple suppliers compete for a buyer's business. ...

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