Service provision is often an economic activity where the buyer does not generally, except by exclusive contract, obtain exclusive ownership of the thing purchased. The benefits of such a service, if priced, are held to be self-evident in the buyer's willingness to pay for it. Public services are those, that society (nation state, fiscal union, regional) as a whole pays for, through taxes and other means.
By composing and orchestrating the appropriate level of resources, skill, ingenuity, and experience for effecting specific benefits for service consumers, service providers participate in an economy without the restrictions of carrying inventory (stock) or the need to concern themselves with bulky raw materials. On the other hand, their investment in expertise does require consistent service marketing and upgrading in the face of competition.
Business services are a recognisable subset of Economic services, and share their characteristics. The essential difference is that Business are concerned about the building of Service Systems in order to deliver value to their customers and to act in the roles of Service Provider and Service Consumer.
The generic clear-cut, complete, concise and consistent definition of the service term reads as follows:
A service is a set of one time consumable and perishable benefits
delivered from the accountable service provider, mostly in close coaction with his internal and external service suppliers,
effectuated by distinct functions of technical systems and by distinct activities of individuals, respectively,
commissioned according to the needs of his service consumers by the service customer from the accountable service provider,
rendered individually to an authorized service consumer at his/her dedicated trigger,
and, finally, consumed and utilized by the triggering service consumer for executing his/her upcoming business activity or private activity.
But I think your question is a very important one and you know there are I would say fairly dynamic customer plans around how best they service the opportunities in the marketplace that they see and we would expect to continue to see this portfolio of investments from cleanGreenfields to the planar to 3D scaling and 3D scaling vertically itself....
ProtoLabs acquired the German�service bureau Alphaform -- which provides injection molding and 3D printing services --�in Q4 2015. So this is the first quarter since that acquisition that there are "clean" year-over-year comparisons for injection molding and�3D printing revenue.�....