If 1999 was the year everyone jumped on the b2b e-commerce bandwagon, 2000 was the year a few notable players jumped off as they realised how much it was going to cost. By the autumn, Somerfield and Budgens counted their (considerable) losses and bowed out. But as Tesco and Iceland's online services went from strength to strength, everyone else played catch up. Waitrose teamed up with e-logistics specialists Last Mile Solutions to expand its online offering from the office to the home; Sainsbury opened a second picking centre in Manchester; while Asda built up a national home shopping proposition with Asda.com. Next year should see the sales channel of digital TV flourishing in the way the net has done this year. Asda plans to take Asda@Home onto BskyB's Open digital TV network in the new year, while Sainsbury will launch Taste TV on ONdigital in the spring. In the meantime, convenience operators without the scale or range of the multiples attempted to cash in on the growth of home shopping by acting as ordering and pick up points for online purchases. And Transora, Global NetXchange, WorldWideRetailExchange and a host of other e-marketplaces arrived from nowhere this year. The message was clear ­ wait and see was not a viable strategy for b2b e-commerce. {{NEWS }}