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Federal antitrust regulators have given a green light to a business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce joint venture partnership involving the Big Three automakers, according to CNNfn.

The positive outcome of the investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of the auto manufacturers’ joint venture opens the door for the RV industry and other industries to develop electronic communications networks allowing suppliers, OEMs, distributors and retailers to buy and sell products and services online.

A meeting to advance the development of a B2B e-commerce network for the RV industry is scheduled for next Thursday (Sept. 28) during the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) convention in Orlando, Fla.

The meeting was organized by Stan Sunshine, president and CEO of distributor firm Stag-Parkway Inc. Sunshine said he wants to “create a more effective RV industry, without removing competitive advantages realized by the work of independent businesses.”

Concerning the auto industry’s B2B e-commerce joint venture, FTC Chairman Robert Pitofsky said, “B2B electronic marketplaces offer great promise as a means through which significant cost savings can be achieved, business processes can be more efficiently organized and competition may be enhanced.”