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What is E-commerce?
It is the buying and selling or
exchanging of products, services and information via computer networks including
the internet and web.
Types of E-commerce are:
Business to Business -
Most E-commerce is business to business as secondary Businesses buy their
materials off primary Businesses who deal with the raw materials. Any
surplus of materials is sold off this way too.
Business to Customer -
Businesses use this type of E-commerce to sell their products or services
over the internet to their customers. An example of a business that does
this is Amazon.com. They sell products such as books and films by the
customer paying online and having the product delivered.
Customer to Customer -
Websites such as Ebay let this happen. Users sell their own property online
for other users to buy.
Customer to Business -
This is when a consumers sells a service to a Company or Business.
This is when organisations have information online about themselves for
people to read, such as Heriot-Watt University use their website to reach
This is when Companies pass information around within their own Company,
such as training programmes.
Benefits of E-Commerce
E-commerce changes the market for
the organisation from a national one to a international one. With E-commerce
there are no limits to how many customers the organisation could attract as they
could be any where in the world.
Most suitable business
Reduce the cost of creating,
processing, distributing, storing and retrieving paper-based information.
Training costs can be reduced
using the web
Can recruit from all over the
world. For example a University offering a course in China.
This page was quoted from
"Getting Started With Electronic Ecommerce",
David Kilgour, 01/06/08