Wednesday, February 9, 2011

E- Commerce

Defination: E-commerce (electronic commerce or EC) is the buying and selling of goods and services on the Internet, especially the World Wide Web. In practice, this term and a newer term, e-business, are often used interchangably. For online retail selling, the term e-tailing is sometimes used.
#E-commerce can be divided into:
    * E-tailing or "virtual storefronts" on Web sites with online catalogs, sometimes gathered into a "virtual mall"
    * The gathering and use of demographic data through Web contacts
    * Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), the business-to-business exchange of data
    * E-mail and fax and their use as media for reaching prospects and established customers (for example, with newsletters)
    * Business-to-business buying and selling
    * The security of business transactions

The Internet has created a new economic ecosystem, the e-commerce marketplace, and it has become the virtual main street of the world. Providing a quick and convenient way of exchanging goods and services both regionally and globally, e-commerce has boomed. Today, e-commerce has grown into a huge industry with US online retail generating $175B in revenues in 2007,[1] with consumer-driven (B2C) online transactions impacting industries from travel services to consumer electronics, from books and media distribution to sports & fitness. With more than 70% of Americans using the Internet on a daily basis for private and/or business use and the rest of the world also beginning to catch on, e-commerce's global growth curve is not likely to taper off anytime soon. However, the US recession has taken its toll on online sales. Although early 2008 estimates by Forrester Research were very strong with 2008 revenues upwards of $204B (a 17% growth rate),[2] 2008 holiday sales showed the first decrease in the last 7 years. Research by ComScore shows sales declining by 1% for the first 49 days of the holiday season.


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