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Special Edition Using SOAP by John Paul Mueller

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Case Study

Sometimes a SOAP solution takes the form of cooperative business. Take, for example, one company that we’ll call MyBuy Corporation that decided to set up a merge-in-transit system. A merge-in-transit system is where two companies cooperate to fulfill customer orders in the most efficient manner possible. One company produces goods, while another company assembles goods from various factory outlets for shipment to customers. You’ll see how this works as the case study progresses.

In this case, MyBuy and MyMail (a fictitious name for a company like FedEx or UPS) decided to team up. MyBuy receives orders from customers for a variety of their products. Since MyBuy is nationwide, they need warehouses in several states to provide timely ...

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