PASADENA, Calif. -- The hottest topic in the Internet business-to-business world these days is whether public or private exchanges will eventually win out. But Patrick Steele thinks that is the wrong question at the wrong time. "My only response to this is, why don't we let the exchanges get functional?" asked Albertson's technology chief during the Supermarket News/Executive Technology Summit on Internet commerce here last month. "Let's see what real business will come out of the ...

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