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E-Commerce and E-Business/Print version – Wikibooks, open books for an open world

Preface to the First Version[edit]

One of many many challenges dealing with the international locations within the Asia-Pacific right now is getting ready their societies and governments for globalization and the data and communication revolution. Coverage-makers, enterprise executives, NGO activists, teachers, and abnormal residents are more and more involved with the necessity to make their societies aggressive within the emergent info financial system.

The e-ASEAN Activity Power and the UNDP Asia Pacific Improvement Data Programme (UNDP-APDIP) share the assumption that with enabling info and communication applied sciences (ICTs), international locations can face the problem of the data age. With ICTs they will leap forth to increased ranges of social, financial and political improvement. We hope that in making this leap, coverage and decision-makers, planners, researchers, improvement practitioners, opinion-makers, and others will discover this collection of e-primers on the data financial system, society, and polity helpful.

The e-primers purpose to offer readers with a transparent understanding of the assorted terminologies, definitions, tendencies, and points related to the data age. The primers are written in easy, easy-to-understand language. They supply examples, case research, classes realized, and greatest practices that can assist planners and choice makers in addressing pertinent points and crafting insurance policies and methods applicable for the data financial system.

The current collection of e-primers contains the next titles:

  1. The Data Age
  2. Nets, Webs and the Data Infrastructure
  3. e-Commerce and e-Enterprise
  4. Authorized and Regulatory Points for the Data Financial system
  5. e-Authorities
  6. ICT and Training
  7. Genes, Know-how and Coverage: An Introduction to Biotechnology

These e-primers are additionally out there on-line at http://www.apdip.internet/publications/iespprimers

The primers are dropped at you by UNDP-APDIP, which seeks to create an ICT enabling atmosphere via advocacy and coverage reform within the Asia-Pacific area, and the e-ASEAN Activity Power, an ICT for improvement initiative of the 10-member Affiliation of Southeast Asian Nations. We welcome your views on new matters and points on which the e-primers could also be helpful.

Lastly, we thank all who’ve been concerned with this collection of e-primers-writers, researchers, peer reviewers and the manufacturing group.

Roberto R. Romulo
Chairman (2000-2002)
e-ASEAN Activity Power
Manila, Philippines

Shahid Akhtar
Program Coordinator
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Within the rising international financial system, e-commerce and e-business have more and more grow to be a crucial part of enterprise technique and a powerful catalyst for financial improvement. The mixing of data and communications expertise (ICT) in enterprise has revolutionized relationships inside organizations and people between and amongst organizations and people. Particularly, the usage of ICT in enterprise has enhanced productiveness, inspired larger buyer participation, and enabled mass customization, moreover decreasing prices.

With developments within the Web and Net-based applied sciences, distinctions between conventional markets and the worldwide digital marketplace-such as enterprise capital measurement, amongst others-are regularly being narrowed down. The secret is strategic positioning, the power of an organization to find out rising alternatives and make the most of the required human capital expertise (resembling mental sources) to benefit from these alternatives via an e-business technique that’s easy, workable and practicable throughout the context of a world info milieu and new financial atmosphere. With its impact of leveling the taking part in subject, e-commerce coupled with the suitable technique and coverage method permits small and medium scale enterprises to compete with giant and capital-rich companies.

On one other aircraft, growing international locations are given elevated entry to the worldwide market, the place they compete with and complement the extra developed economies. Most, if not all, growing international locations are already taking part in e-commerce, both as sellers or consumers. Nevertheless, to facilitate e-commerce development in these international locations, the comparatively underdeveloped info infrastructure should be improved. Among the many areas for coverage intervention are:

  • Excessive Web entry prices, together with connection service charges, communication charges, and internet hosting expenses for web sites with ample bandwidth;
  • Restricted availability of bank cards and a nationwide bank card system;
  • Underdeveloped transportation infrastructure leading to gradual and unsure supply of products and providers;
  • Community safety issues and inadequate safety safeguards;
  • Lack of expert human sources and key applied sciences (i.e., insufficient skilled IT workforce);
  • Content material restriction on nationwide safety and different public coverage grounds, which significantly have an effect on enterprise within the subject of data providers, such because the media and leisure sectors;
  • Cross-border points, resembling the popularity of transactions below legal guidelines of different ASEAN member-countries, certification providers, enchancment of supply strategies and customs facilitation; and
  • The comparatively low value of labor, which means {that a} shift to a relatively capital intensive resolution (together with investments on the advance of the bodily and community infrastructure) will not be obvious.

It’s acknowledged that within the Data Age, Web commerce is a robust device within the financial development of growing international locations. Whereas there are indications of e-commerce patronage amongst giant corporations in growing international locations, there appears to be little and negligible use of the Web for commerce amongst small and medium sized corporations. E-commerce guarantees higher enterprise for SMEs and sustainable financial improvement for growing international locations. Nevertheless, that is premised on robust political will and good governance, in addition to on a accountable and supportive personal sector inside an efficient coverage framework. This primer seeks to offer coverage pointers towards this finish.

What’s e-commerce?[edit]

Digital commerce or e-commerce refers to a variety of on-line enterprise actions for services and products. [1] It additionally pertains to “any type of enterprise transaction wherein the events work together electronically slightly than by bodily exchanges or direct bodily contact.” [2]

E-commerce is normally related to shopping for and promoting over the Web, or conducting any transaction involving the switch of possession or rights to make use of items or providers via a computer-mediated community. [3] Although well-liked, this definition will not be complete sufficient to seize current developments on this new and revolutionary enterprise phenomenon. A extra full definition is: E-commerce is the usage of digital communications and digital info processing expertise in enterprise transactions to create, remodel, and redefine relationships for worth creation between or amongst organizations, and between organizations and people. [4]

Worldwide Knowledge Corp (IDC) estimates the worth of world e-commerce in 2000 at US$350.38 billion. That is projected to climb to as excessive as US$3.14 trillion by 2004. IDC additionally predicts a rise in Asia’s share share in worldwide e-commerce income from 5% in 2000 to 10% in 2004 (See Determine 1).

Determine 1: Worldwide E-Commerce Income, 2000 and 2004 (as a % share of every nation/area)

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Asia-Pacific e-commerce revenues are projected to extend from $76.Eight billion at year-end of 2001 to $338.5 billion by the top of 2004.

Is e-commerce the identical as e-business?

Whereas some use e-commerce and e-business interchangeably, they’re distinct ideas. In e-commerce, info and communications expertise (ICT) is utilized in inter-business or inter-organizational transactions (transactions between and amongst corporations/organizations) and in business-to-consumer transactions (transactions between corporations/organizations and people).

In e-business, alternatively, ICT is used to reinforce one’s enterprise. It contains any course of {that a} enterprise group (both a for-profit, governmental or non-profit entity) conducts over a computer-mediated community. A extra complete definition of e-business is:

“The transformation of a corporation’s processes to ship further buyer worth via the applying of applied sciences, philosophies and computing paradigm of the brand new financial system.”

Three major processes are enhanced in e-business: [5]

1. Manufacturing processes, which embrace procurement, ordering and replenishment of shares; processing of funds; digital hyperlinks with suppliers; and manufacturing management processes, amongst others;

2. Buyer-focused processes, which embrace promotional and advertising and marketing efforts, promoting over the Web, processing of shoppers’ buy orders and funds, and buyer assist, amongst others; and

3. Inner administration processes, which embrace worker providers, coaching, inner information-sharing, video-conferencing, and recruiting. Digital functions improve info movement between manufacturing and gross sales forces to enhance gross sales pressure productiveness. Workgroup communications and digital publishing of inner enterprise info are likewise made extra environment friendly. [6]

Is the Web financial system synonymous with e-commerce and e-business?[edit]

The Web financial system is a broader idea than e-commerce and e-business. It contains e-commerce and e-business.

The CREC (Middle for Analysis in Digital Commerce) on the College of Texas has developed a conceptual framework for a way the Web financial system works. The framework reveals 4 layers of the Web economy-the three talked about above and a fourth referred to as intermediaries (see Desk 1).

Determine 2. Desk 1. Web Financial system Conceptual Body

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Primarily based on Middle for Analysis in Digital Commerce, College of Texas, “Measuring the Web Financial system,” 6 June 2000; out there from http://www.internetindicators.com

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What are the several types of e-commerce?[edit]

The foremost totally different sorts of e-commerce are: business-to-business (B2B); business-to-consumer (B2C); business-to-government (B2G); consumer-to-consumer (C2C); and cellular commerce (m-commerce).[edit]

What’s B2B e-commerce?

B2B e-commerce is solely outlined as e-commerce between corporations. That is the kind of e-commerce that offers with relationships between and amongst companies. About 80% of e-commerce is of this kind, and most specialists predict that B2B e-commerce will proceed to develop quicker than the B2C section. The B2B market has two major parts: e-frastructure and e-markets. E-frastructure is the structure of B2B, primarily consisting of the next:

  • logistics – transportation, warehousing and distribution (e.g., Procter and Gamble);
  • software service suppliers – deployment, internet hosting and administration of packaged software program from a central facility (e.g., Oracle and Linkshare);
  • outsourcing of capabilities within the strategy of e-commerce, resembling Net-hosting, safety and buyer care options (e.g., outsourcing suppliers resembling eShare, NetSales, iXL Enterprises and Common Entry);
  • public sale options software program for the operation and upkeep of real-time auctions within the Web (e.g., Moai Applied sciences and OpenSite Applied sciences);
  • content material administration software program for the facilitation of Site content material administration and supply (e.g., Interwoven and ProcureNet); and
  • Net-based commerce enablers (e.g., Commerce One, a browser-based, XML-enabled buying automation software program).

E-markets are merely outlined as Websites the place consumers and sellers work together with one another and conduct transactions.10

The extra widespread B2B examples and greatest observe fashions are IBM, Hewlett Packard (HP), Cisco and Dell. Cisco, as an illustration, receives over 90% of its product orders over the Web.

Most B2B functions are within the areas of provider administration (particularly buy order processing), stock administration (i.e., managing order-ship-bill cycles), distribution administration (particularly within the transmission of transport paperwork), channel administration (i.e., info dissemination on adjustments in operational situations), and cost administration (e.g., digital cost methods or EPS).11

eMarketer initiatives a rise within the share of B2B e-commerce in complete international e-commerce from 79.2% in 2000 to 87% in 2004 and a consequent lower within the share of B2C e-commerce from 20.8% in 2000 to solely 13% in 2004 (Determine 3).

Determine 3. Share of B2B and B2C E-Commerce in Complete International E-Commerce (2000 and 2004)

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Likewise B2B development is manner forward of B2C development within the Asia-Pacific area. In response to a 2001 eMarketer estimate, B2B revenues within the area are anticipated to exceed $300 billion by 2004.

Desk 2 reveals the projected measurement of B2B e-commerce by area for the years 2000-2004.

Determine 4. Projected B2B E-Commerce by Area, 2000-2004 ($billions)

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Field 1. Advantages of B2B E-Commerce in Growing Markets

The influence of B2B markets on the financial system of growing international locations is obvious within the following:

Transaction prices. There are three value areas which might be considerably decreased via the conduct of B2B e-commerce. First is the discount of search prices, as consumers needn’t undergo a number of intermediaries to seek for details about suppliers, merchandise and costs as in a standard provide chain. When it comes to effort, money and time spent, the Web is a extra environment friendly info channel than its conventional counterpart. In B2B markets, consumers and sellers are gathered collectively right into a single on-line buying and selling group, decreasing search prices even additional. Second is the discount within the prices of processing transactions (e.g. invoices, buy orders and cost schemes), as B2B permits for the automation of transaction processes and subsequently, the fast implementation of the identical in comparison with different channels (resembling the phone and fax). Effectivity in buying and selling processes and transactions can also be enhanced via the B2B e-market’s means to course of gross sales via on-line auctions. Third, on-line processing improves stock administration and logistics.

Disintermediation. By means of B2B e-markets, suppliers are in a position to work together and transact immediately with consumers, thereby eliminating intermediaries and distributors. Nevertheless, new types of intermediaries are rising. As an illustration, e-markets themselves could be thought-about as intermediaries as a result of they arrive between suppliers and prospects within the provide chain.

Transparency in pricing.Among the many extra evident advantages of e-markets is the rise in value transparency. The gathering of a lot of consumers and sellers in a single e-market reveals market value info and transaction processing to contributors. The Web permits for the publication of data on a single buy or transaction, making the data readily accessible and out there to all members of the e-market. Elevated value transparency has the impact of knocking down value differentials available in the market. On this context, consumers are supplied rather more time to match costs and make higher shopping for selections. Furthermore, B2B e-markets develop borders for dynamic and negotiated pricing whereby a number of consumers and sellers collectively take part in price-setting and two-way auctions. In such environments, costs could be set via computerized matching of bids and affords. Within the e-marketplace, the necessities of each consumers and sellers are thus aggregated to succeed in aggressive costs, that are decrease than these ensuing from particular person actions.

Economies of scale and community results. The fast development of B2B e-markets creates conventional supply-side cost-based economies of scale. Moreover, the bringing collectively of a big variety of consumers and sellers gives the demand-side economies of scale or community results. Every further incremental participant within the e-market creates worth for all contributors within the demand aspect. Extra contributors type a crucial mass, which is essential in attracting extra customers to an e-market.

What’s B2C e-commerce?

Enterprise-to-consumer e-commerce, or commerce between corporations and shoppers, includes prospects gathering info; buying bodily items (i.e., tangibles resembling books or client merchandise) or info items (or items of digital materials or digitized content material, resembling software program, or e-books); and, for info items, receiving merchandise over an digital community.12

It’s the second largest and the earliest type of e-commerce. Its origins could be traced to on-line retailing (or e-tailing).13 Thus, the extra widespread B2C enterprise fashions are the net retailing corporations resembling Amazon.com, Drugstore.com, Past.com, Barnes and Noble and ToysRus. Different B2C examples involving info items are E-Commerce and Travelocity.

The extra widespread functions of this kind of e-commerce are within the areas of buying merchandise and knowledge, and private finance administration, which pertains to the administration of non-public investments and funds with the usage of on-line banking instruments (e.g., Quicken).14

eMarketer estimates that worldwide B2C e-commerce revenues will enhance from US$59.7 billion in 2000 to US$428.1 billion by 2004. On-line retailing transactions make up a big share of this market. eMarketer additionally estimates that within the Asia-Pacific area, B2C revenues, whereas registering a modest determine in comparison with B2B, nonetheless went as much as $8.2 billion by the top of 2001, with that determine doubling on the finish of 2002-at complete worldwide B2C gross sales under 10%.

B2C e-commerce reduces transactions prices (notably search prices) by rising client entry to info and permitting shoppers to seek out probably the most aggressive value for a services or products. B2C e-commerce additionally reduces market entry limitations since the price of placing up and sustaining a Site is less expensive than putting in a “brick-and-mortar” construction for a agency. Within the case of data items, B2C e-commerce is much more engaging as a result of it saves corporations from factoring within the further value of a bodily distribution community. Furthermore, for international locations with a rising and strong Web inhabitants, delivering info items turns into more and more possible.

What’s B2G e-commerce?

Enterprise-to-government e-commerce or B2G is usually outlined as commerce between corporations and the general public sector. It refers to the usage of the Web for public procurement, licensing procedures, and different government-related operations. This type of e-commerce has two options: first, the general public sector assumes a pilot/main position in establishing e-commerce; and second, it’s assumed that the general public sector has the best want for making its procurement system simpler.15

Net-based buying insurance policies enhance the transparency of the procurement course of (and reduces the danger of irregularities). To this point, nonetheless, the scale of the B2G e-commerce market as a part of complete e-commerce is insignificant, as authorities e-procurement methods stay undeveloped.

What’s C2C e-commerce?

Shopper-to-consumer e-commerce or C2C is solely commerce between personal people or shoppers.

Any such e-commerce is characterised by the expansion of digital marketplaces and on-line auctions, notably in vertical industries the place corporations/companies can bid for what they need from amongst a number of suppliers.16 It maybe has the best potential for growing new markets.

Any such e-commerce is available in no less than three types:

  • auctions facilitated at a portal, resembling eBay, which permits on-line real-time bidding on gadgets being bought within the Net;
  • peer-to-peer methods, such because the Napster mannequin (a protocol for sharing information between customers utilized by chat boards much like IRC) and different file trade and later cash trade fashions; and
  • categorised advertisements at portal websites resembling Excite Classifieds and eWanted, Pakwheels.com (an interactive, on-line market the place consumers and sellers can negotiate and which options “Purchaser Leads & Need Adverts”).

Shopper-to-business (C2B) transactions contain reverse auctions, which empower the buyer to drive transactions. A concrete instance of this when competing airways provides a traveler greatest journey and ticket affords in response to the traveler’s put up that she desires to fly from New York to San Francisco.

There may be little info on the relative measurement of world C2C e-commerce. Nevertheless, C2C figures of well-liked C2C websites resembling eBay and Napster point out that this market is kind of giant. These websites produce tens of millions of {dollars} in gross sales daily.

Benefits of C2C websites

Shopper to client e-commerce has many advantages. The first profit to shoppers is discount in value. Shopping for advert area on different e-commerce websites is pricey. Sellers can put up their gadgets at no cost or with minimal cost relying on the C2C web site. C2C web sites type an ideal platform for consumers and sellers who want to purchase and promote associated merchandise. The power to seek out associated merchandise results in a rise within the customer to buyer conversion ratio. Enterprise house owners can cheaply preserve C2C web sites and enhance earnings with out the extra prices of distribution places. A very good instance of a C2C e-commerce web site is Esty, a website that enables shoppers to purchase and promote handmade or classic gadgets and provides together with artwork, images, clothes, jewellery, meals, bathtub and sweetness merchandise, quilts, knick-knacks, and toys.

Disadvantages of C2C websites

There are a few disadvantages to those kind of websites as effectively.Doing transaction on these kind of internet sites requires co-operation between the customer and vendor.It has been famous many instances that these two don’t co-operate with one another after a transaction has been made.They don’t share the transaction info which can be through credit score or debit card or web banking.This can lead to on-line fraud for the reason that purchaser and vendor will not be very effectively versed with one another.This may result in lawsuit being imposed on both ends or additionally on the location if it has not talked about the disclaimer in its phrases and situations.This will likely additionally hamper the c2c web site’s repute.Firms which deal with client to client ecommerce web sites appear to have turning into very cautious to forestall on-line scams.

What’s m-commerce?

M-commerce (cellular commerce) is the shopping for and promoting of products and providers via wi-fi technology-i.e., handheld gadgets resembling mobile telephones and private digital assistants (PDAs). Japan is seen as a world chief in m-commerce.

As content material supply over wi-fi gadgets turns into quicker, safer, and scalable, some imagine that m-commerce will surpass wireline e-commerce as the tactic of selection for digital commerce transactions. This might be true for the Asia-Pacific the place there are extra cell phone customers than there are Web customers.

Industries affected by m-commerce embrace:

  • Monetary providers, together with cellular banking (when prospects use their handheld gadgets to entry their accounts and pay their payments), in addition to brokerage providers (wherein inventory quotes could be displayed and buying and selling performed from the identical handheld machine);
  • Telecommunications, wherein service adjustments, invoice cost and account evaluations can all be performed from the identical handheld machine;
  • Service/retail, as shoppers are given the power to position and pay for orders on-the-fly; and
  • Data providers, which embrace the supply of leisure, monetary information, sports activities figures and site visitors updates to a single cellular machine.17

Forrester Analysis predicts US$3.Four billion gross sales closed utilizing PDA and cell telephones by 2005 (See Desk 3).

Determine 5. Desk 3. Forrester’s M-Commerce Gross sales Predictions, 2001-2005

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What forces are fueling e-commerce?[edit]

There are no less than three main forces fueling e-commerce: financial forces, advertising and marketing and buyer interplay forces, and expertise, notably multimedia convergence.18

Financial forces.Some of the evident advantages of e-commerce is financial effectivity ensuing from the discount in communications prices, low-cost technological infrastructure, speedier and extra financial digital transactions with suppliers, decrease international info sharing and promoting prices, and cheaper customer support alternate options.

Financial integration is both exterior or inner. Exterior integration refers back to the digital networking of firms, suppliers, prospects/purchasers, and impartial contractors into one group speaking in a digital atmosphere (with the Web as medium). Inner integration, alternatively, is the networking of the assorted departments inside an organization, and of enterprise operations and processes. This enables crucial enterprise info to be saved in a digital type that may be retrieved immediately and transmitted electronically. Inner integration is greatest exemplified by company intranets. Among the many corporations with environment friendly company intranets are Procter and Gamble, IBM, Nestle and Intel.

Field 2. SESAMi.NET.: Linking Asian Markets via B2B Hubs

SESAMi.NET is Asia’s largest B2B e-hub, a digital trade integrating and connecting companies (small, medium or giant) to buying and selling companions, e-marketplaces and inner enterprise methods for the aim of sourcing out provides, shopping for and promoting items and providers on-line in actual time. The e-hub serves as the middle for administration of content material and the processing of enterprise transactions with assist providers resembling monetary clearance and knowledge providers.

It’s strategically and dynamically linked to the International Buying and selling Net (GTW), the world’s largest community of buying and selling communities on the Web. Due to this essential hyperlink, SESAMi reaches an in depth community of regional, vertical and industry-specific interoperable B2B e-markets throughout the globe.

Market forces. Companies are inspired to make use of e-commerce in advertising and marketing and promotion to seize worldwide markets, each massive and small. The Web is likewise used as a medium for enhanced customer support and assist. It’s a lot simpler for corporations to offer their goal shoppers with extra detailed product and repair info utilizing the Web.

Field 3. Brazil’s Submarino19: Enhancing Buyer Service via the Web

Brazil’s Submarino is a basic instance of profitable use of the Web for improved customer support and assist. From being a neighborhood São Paulo B2C e-commerce firm promoting books, CDs, video cassettes, DVDs, toys, digital and laptop merchandise in Brazil, it expanded to grow to be the biggest firm of its sort in Argentina, Mexico, Spain and Portugal. Near a 3rd of the 1.Four million Web customers in Brazil have made purchases via this website. To boost customer support, Submarino has diversified into providing logistical and technological infrastructure to different retailers, which incorporates expertise and experience in credit score evaluation, monitoring orders and product comparability methods.

Know-how forces. The event of ICT is a key issue within the development of e-commerce. As an illustration, technological advances in digitizing content material, compression and the promotion of open methods expertise have paved the best way for the convergence of communication providers into one single platform. This in flip has made communication extra environment friendly, quicker, simpler, and extra economical as the necessity to arrange separate networks for phone providers, tv broadcast, cable tv, and Web entry is eradicated. From the standpoint of corporations/companies and shoppers, having just one info supplier means decrease communications prices.20

Furthermore, the precept of common entry could be made extra achievable with convergence. At current the excessive prices of putting in landlines in sparsely populated rural areas is a disincentive to telecommunications corporations to put in telephones in these areas. Putting in landlines in rural areas can grow to be extra engaging to the personal sector if revenues from these landlines will not be restricted to native and lengthy distance phone expenses, but additionally embrace cable TV and Web expenses. This improvement will guarantee inexpensive entry to info even by these in rural areas and can spare the federal government the difficulty and price of putting in costly landlines.21

What are the parts of a typical profitable e-commerce transaction loop?[edit]

E-commerce doesn’t refer merely to a agency placing up a Site for the aim of promoting items to consumers over the Web. For e-commerce to be a aggressive various to conventional business transactions and for a agency to maximise the advantages of e-commerce, quite a lot of technical in addition to enabling points should be thought-about. A typical e-commerce transaction loop includes the next main gamers and corresponding requisites:

The Vendor ought to have the next parts:

  • A company Site with e-commerce capabilities (e.g., a safe transaction server);
  • A company intranet in order that orders are processed in an environment friendly method; and
  • IT-literate staff to handle the data flows and preserve the e-commerce system.

Transaction companions embrace:

  • Banking establishments that provide transaction clearing providers (e.g., processing bank card funds and digital fund transfers);
  • Nationwide and worldwide freight corporations to allow the motion of bodily items inside, round and overseas. For business-to-consumer transactions, the system should provide a method for cost-efficient transport of small packages (such that buying books over the Web, for instance, will not be prohibitively dearer than shopping for from a neighborhood retailer); and
  • Authentication authority that serves as a trusted third social gathering to make sure the integrity and safety of transactions.

Customers (in a business-to-consumer transaction) who:

  • Kind a crucial mass of the inhabitants with entry to the Web and disposable earnings enabling widespread use of bank cards; and
  • Possess a mindset for buying items over the Web slightly than by bodily inspecting gadgets.

Corporations/Companies (in a business-to-business transaction) that collectively type a crucial mass of corporations (particularly inside provide chains) with Web entry and the aptitude to position and take orders over the Web.

Authorities, to determine:

  • A authorized framework governing e-commerce transactions (together with digital paperwork, signatures, and the like); and
  • Authorized establishments that may implement the authorized framework (i.e., legal guidelines and laws) and shield shoppers and companies from fraud, amongst others.

And at last, the Web, the profitable use of which depends upon the next:

  • A sturdy and dependable Web infrastructure; and
  • A pricing construction that doesn’t penalize shoppers for spending time on and shopping for items over the Web (e.g., a flat month-to-month cost for each ISP entry and native telephone calls).

For e-commerce to develop, the above requisites and elements should be in place. The least developed issue is an obstacle to the elevated uptake of e-commerce as an entire. As an illustration, a rustic with a wonderful Web infrastructure won’t have excessive e-commerce figures if banks don’t provide assist and achievement providers to e-commerce transactions. In international locations which have important e-commerce figures, a optimistic suggestions loop reinforces every of those elements.22

How is the Web related to e-commerce?[edit]

The Web permits folks from all around the world to get linked inexpensively and reliably. As a technical infrastructure, it’s a international assortment of networks, linked to share info utilizing a typical set of protocols. Additionally, as an unlimited community of individuals and knowledge, the Web is an enabler for e-commerce because it permits companies to showcase and promote their services and products on-line and offers potential prospects, prospects, and enterprise companions entry to details about these companies and their services and products that may result in buy.

Earlier than the Web was utilized for business functions, corporations used personal networks-such because the EDI or Digital Knowledge Interchange-to transact enterprise with one another. That was the early type of e-commerce. Nevertheless, putting in and sustaining personal networks was very costly. With the Web, e-commerce unfold quickly due to the decrease prices concerned and since the Web relies on open requirements.25

How necessary is an intranet for a enterprise partaking in e-commerce?[edit]

An intranet aids within the administration of inner company info that could be interconnected with an organization’s e-commerce transactions (or transactions performed exterior the intranet). Inasmuch because the intranet permits for the instantaneous movement of inner info, very important info is concurrently processed and matched with information flowing from exterior e-commerce transactions, permitting for the environment friendly and efficient integration of the company’s organizational processes. On this context, company capabilities, selections and processes involving e-commerce actions are extra coherent and arranged.

The proliferation of intranets has triggered a shift from a hierarchical command-and-control group to an information-based group. This shift has implications for managerial obligations, communication and knowledge flows, and workgroup buildings.

Other than decreasing the price of doing enterprise, what are the benefits of e-commerce for companies?[edit]

E-commerce serves as an “equalizer”. It permits start-up and small- and medium-sized enterprises to succeed in the worldwide market.

Field 4. Leveling the Taking part in Discipline via E-commerce: The Case of Amazon.com

Amazon.com is a digital bookstore. It doesn’t have a single sq. foot of bricks and mortar retail flooring area. Nonetheless, Amazon.com is posting an annual gross sales fee of roughly $1.2 billion, equal to about 235 Barnes & Noble (B&N) superstores. Because of the efficiencies of promoting over the Net, Amazon has spent solely $56 million on fastened belongings, whereas B&N has spent about $118 million for 235 superstores. (To be honest, Amazon has but to show a revenue, however this doesn’t obviate the purpose that in lots of industries doing enterprise via e-commerce is cheaper than conducting enterprise in a standard brick-and-mortar firm.)

Nevertheless, this doesn’t low cost the purpose that with out a good e-business technique, e-commerce might in some circumstances discriminate towards SMEs as a result of it reveals proprietary pricing info. A sound e-business plan doesn’t completely disregard outdated financial system values. The dot-com bust is proof of this.

Field 5. Classes from the Dot Com Frenzy

In response to Webmergers.com statistics, about 862 dot-com corporations have failed for the reason that top of the dot-com bust in January 2000. Majority of those have been e-commerce and content material corporations. The shutdown of those corporations was adopted by the folding up of Web-content suppliers, infrastructure corporations, Web service suppliers, and different suppliers of dial-up and broadband Web-access providers.26

From the attitude of the funding banks, the dot-com frenzy could be likened to a chance the place the large cash gamers have been the enterprise capitalists and people laying their bets on the desk have been the small buyers. The bust was primarily attributable to the gamers’ unfamiliarity with the sector, coupled with failure to deal with the velocity of the Web revolution and the quantity of capital in circulation.27

Web entrepreneurs set the costs of their items and providers at very low ranges to achieve market share and appeal to enterprise capitalists to infuse funding. The crash started when buyers began demanding arduous earnings for sky-high valuations. The Web corporations additionally spent an excessive amount of on overhead earlier than even gaining a market share.28

E-commerce makes “mass customization” potential. E-commerce functions on this space embrace easy-to-use ordering methods that permit prospects to decide on and order merchandise in response to their private and distinctive specs. As an illustration, a automobile manufacturing firm with an e-commerce technique permitting for on-line orders can have new automobiles constructed inside a couple of days (as an alternative of the a number of weeks it at the moment takes to construct a brand new car) primarily based on buyer’s specs. This may work extra successfully if an organization’s manufacturing course of is superior and built-in into the ordering system.

E-commerce permits “community manufacturing.” This refers back to the parceling out of the manufacturing course of to contractors who’re geographically dispersed however who’re linked to one another through laptop networks. The advantages of community manufacturing embrace: discount in prices, extra strategic goal advertising and marketing, and the facilitation of promoting add-on merchandise, providers, and new methods when they’re wanted. With community manufacturing, an organization can assign duties inside its non-core competencies to factories all around the world specializing in such duties (e.g., the meeting of particular parts).

How is e-commerce useful to the buyer?[edit]

In C2B transactions, prospects/shoppers are given extra affect over what and the way merchandise are made and the way providers are delivered, thereby broadening client decisions. E-commerce permits for a quicker and extra open course of, with prospects having larger management.

E-commerce makes info on merchandise and the market as an entire available and accessible, and will increase value transparency, which allow prospects to make extra applicable buying selections.

How are enterprise relationships remodeled via e-commerce?[edit]

E-commerce transforms outdated financial system relationships (vertical/linear relationships) to new financial system relationships characterised by end-to-end relationship administration options (built-in or prolonged relationships).

How does e-commerce hyperlink prospects, employees, suppliers, distributors and opponents?[edit]

E-commerce facilitates group networks, whereby small corporations rely upon “associate” corporations for provides and product distribution to deal with buyer calls for extra successfully.

To handle the chain of networks linking prospects, employees, suppliers, distributors, and even opponents, an built-in or prolonged provide chain administration resolution is required. Provide chain administration (SCM) is outlined because the supervision of supplies, info, and funds as they transfer from provider to producer to wholesaler to retailer to client. It includes the coordination and integration of those flows each inside and amongst corporations. The aim of any efficient provide chain administration system is well timed provision of products or providers to the subsequent hyperlink within the chain (and in the end, the discount of stock inside every hyperlink).29

There are three essential flows in SCM, specifically:

  • The product movement, which incorporates the motion of products from a provider to a buyer, in addition to any buyer returns or service wants;
  • The data movement, which includes the transmission of orders and the replace of the standing of supply; and
  • The funds movement, which consists of credit score phrases, cost schedules, and consignment and title possession preparations.

Some SCM functions are primarily based on open information fashions that assist the sharing of knowledge each inside and out of doors the enterprise, referred to as the prolonged enterprise, and contains key suppliers, producers, and finish prospects of a particular firm. Shared information resides in numerous database methods, or information warehouses, at a number of totally different websites and firms. Sharing this information “upstream” (with an organization’s suppliers) and “downstream” (with an organization’s purchasers) permits SCM functions to enhance the time-to-market of merchandise and scale back prices. It additionally permits all events within the provide chain to higher handle present sources and plan for future wants.30

Determine 6. Previous Financial system Relationships vs. New Financial system Relationships

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What’s Google AdSense and the way does it work for e-commerce[edit]

Google AdSense is a service supplied by Google that enables web site publishers to promote on Google. It’s Google’s #1 income. AdSense is used to promote when customers kind in key phrases in Google’s search engine. Adverts are positioned on the precise hand aspect of the display screen. The advertisements are textual content primarily based and permit for hyperlinks to the web site on the commercial as effectively.

The AdWords program determines the pricing for key phrases. AdWords relies on a Vickrey public sale system. It’s a sealed-bid public sale, customers submit bids not figuring out what different customers bid. The best bidder wins however the second place individual’s bid is paid. There are execs and cons to this kind of public sale. The winners the overwhelming majority of the time are those who bid the best. A draw back to this kind of system is that there isn’t a value discovery, which is a market failure generally known as imperfect info.

AdSense customers generate income by having customers click on on their hyperlinks and by having them purchase what is obtainable on their web site. AdSense has been an enormous success for Google and the customers of the system.

E-Commerce Functions: Points and Prospects[edit]

Numerous functions of e-commerce are regularly affecting tendencies and prospects for enterprise over the Web, together with e-banking, e-tailing and on-line publishing/on-line retailing.

A extra developed and mature e-banking atmosphere performs an necessary position in e-commerce by encouraging a shift from conventional modes of cost (i.e., money, checks or any type of paper-based authorized tender) to digital alternate options (resembling e-payment methods), thereby closing the e-commerce loop.

a) Advantages of e-Commerce

  • Expanded Geographical Attain
  • Expanded Buyer Base
  • Improve Visibility via Search Engine Advertising
  • Present Prospects helpful details about what you are promoting
  • Accessible 24/7/365 – By no means Shut
  • Construct Buyer Loyalty
  • Discount of Advertising and Promoting Prices
  • Assortment of Buyer Knowledge

b) Fundamental Advantages of e-Enterprise e-Commerce

  • Improve gross sales – that is the very first thing that individuals take into account when coping with e-commerce
    • Lowering prices
    • Improve earnings
      • Understanding that earnings will not be the identical as gross sales
    • Expands the scale of the market from regional to nationwide or nationwide to worldwide
    • Contract the market
    • Attain a slender market
      • Goal market segmentation lets you deal with a extra
        • Choose group of shoppers
      • And subsequently have a aggressive benefits in satisfying them

What are the present practices in growing international locations with respect to purchasing and paying on-line?[edit]

In most growing international locations, the cost schemes out there for on-line transactions are the next:

A. Conventional Cost Strategies

  • Money on supply. Many on-line transactions solely contain submitting buy orders on-line. Cost is by money upon the supply of the bodily items.
  • Financial institution funds. After ordering items on-line, cost is made by depositing money into the checking account of the corporate from which the products have been ordered. Supply is likewise finished the traditional manner.

B. Digital Cost Strategies

  • Improvements affecting shoppers, embrace credit score and debit playing cards, automated teller machines (ATMs), saved worth playing cards, and e-banking.
  • Improvements enabling on-line commerce are e-cash, e-checks, sensible playing cards, and encrypted bank cards. These cost strategies will not be too well-liked in growing international locations. They’re employed by a couple of giant corporations in particular secured channels on a transaction foundation.
  • Improvements affecting corporations pertain to cost mechanisms that banks present their purchasers, together with inter-bank transfers via automated clearing homes permitting cost by direct deposit.

What’s an digital cost system? Why is it necessary?[edit]

An digital cost system (EPS) is a system of economic trade between consumers and sellers within the on-line atmosphere that’s facilitated by a digital monetary instrument (resembling encrypted bank card numbers, digital checks, or digital money) backed by a financial institution, an middleman, or by authorized tender.

EPS performs an necessary position in e-commerce as a result of it closes the e-commerce loop. In growing international locations, the underdeveloped digital funds system is a severe obstacle to the expansion of e-commerce. In these international locations, entrepreneurs will not be in a position to settle for bank card funds over the Web attributable to authorized and enterprise considerations. The first problem is transaction safety.

The absence or inadequacy of authorized infrastructures governing the operation of e-payments can also be a priority. Therefore, banks with e-banking operations make use of service agreements between themselves and their purchasers.

The comparatively undeveloped bank card {industry} in lots of growing international locations can also be a barrier to e-commerce. Solely a small section of the inhabitants should purchase items and providers over the Web as a result of small bank card market base. There may be additionally the issue of the requirement of “specific consent” (i.e., a signature) by a card proprietor earlier than a transaction is taken into account valid-a requirement that doesn’t exist within the U.S. and in different developed international locations.

What’s the confidence stage of shoppers in the usage of an EPS?

Many growing international locations are nonetheless cash-based economies. Money is the popular mode of cost not solely on account of safety but additionally due to anonymity, which is beneficial for tax evasion functions or holding secret what one’s cash is being spent on. For different international locations, safety considerations have loads to do with a scarcity of a authorized framework for adjudicating fraud and the uncertainty of the authorized restrict on the legal responsibility related to a misplaced or stolen bank card.

In sum, among the many related points that have to be resolved with respect to EPS are: client safety from fraud via effectivity in record-keeping; transaction privateness and security, aggressive cost providers to make sure equal entry to all shoppers, and the precise to selection of establishments and cost strategies. Authorized frameworks in growing international locations also needs to start to acknowledge digital transactions and cost schemes.

What’s e-banking?

E-banking contains acquainted and comparatively mature electronically-based merchandise in growing markets, resembling phone banking, bank cards, ATMs, and direct deposit. It additionally contains digital invoice funds and merchandise largely within the growing stage, together with stored-value playing cards (e.g., sensible playing cards/sensible cash) and Web-based saved worth merchandise.

Field 7. Cost Strategies and Safety Considerations: The Case of China

In China, whereas banks problem bank cards and whereas many use debit playing cards to attract immediately from their respective financial institution accounts, only a few folks use their bank cards for on-line cost. Money-on-delivery continues to be the most well-liked mode of e-commerce cost. Nonetheless, on-line cost is gaining reputation due to the emergence of Chinapay and Cyber Beijing, which supply a city-wide on-line cost system.

What’s the standing of e-banking in growing international locations?

E-banking in growing international locations is within the early phases of improvement. Most banking in growing international locations continues to be finished the traditional manner. Nevertheless, there’s an rising development of on-line banking, indicating a promising future for on-line banking in these international locations. Under is a broad image of e-banking in three ASEAN international locations.

The Philippine Expertise

Within the Philippines, Citibank, Financial institution of the Philippine Islands (BPI), Philippine Nationwide Financial institution, and different giant banks pioneered e-banking within the early 1980s. Interbank networks within the nation like Megalink, Bancnet, and BPI Expressnet have been among the many earliest and largest starters of ATM (Automated Teller Machines) expertise.

BPI launched its BPI Categorical On-line in January 2000. The commonest on-line monetary providers embrace deposits, fund transfers, functions for brand spanking new accounts, Cease Cost on issued checks, housing and auto loans, bank cards, and remittances.

The Singapore Expertise

In Singapore, greater than 28% of Web customers visited e-banking websites in Could 2001. Analysis by NetValue (an Web measurement firm) reveals that whereas the variety of folks partaking in on-line banking in Singapore has elevated, the typical time spent at websites decreased by roughly 4 minutes from March 2001 to Could 2001. This decline could be attributed to the truth that extra guests spend time finishing transactions, which take much less time than searching totally different websites. In response to the survey, two out of three guests make a transaction. All main banks in Singapore have an Web presence. They provide a variety of merchandise on to shoppers via proprietary Web websites. These banks have shifted from an preliminary deal with retail-banking to SME and company banking services and products.

Among the many merchandise supplied are:

  • Fund switch and cost methods;
  • Built-in B2B e-commerce product, involving product choice, buy order, bill era and cost;
  • Securities placement and underwriting and capital market actions;
  • Securities buying and selling; and
  • Retail banking.

The Malaysian Expertise

E-banking in Malaysia emerged in 1981 with the introduction of ATMs. This was adopted by tele-banking within the early 1990s the place telecommunications gadgets have been linked to an automatic system via the usage of Automated Voice Response (AVR) expertise. Then got here PC banking or desktop banking utilizing proprietary software program, which was extra well-liked amongst company prospects than retail prospects.

On June 1, 2000, the Malaysian Financial institution formally allowed native business banks to supply Web banking providers. On June 15, 2000, Maybank (www.maybank2U.com), one of many largest banks in Malaysia, launched the nation’s first Web banking providers. The financial institution employs 128-bit encryption expertise to safe its transactions. Different native banks in Malaysia providing e-banking providers are Southern Financial institution, Hong Leong Financial institution, HSBC Financial institution, Multi-Goal Financial institution, Phileo Allied Financial institution and RHB Financial institution. Banks that provide WAP or Cellular banking are OCBC Financial institution, Phileo Allied Financial institution and United Abroad Financial institution.

The commonest e-banking providers embrace banking inquiry capabilities, invoice funds, bank card funds, fund transfers, share investing, insurance coverage, journey, digital buying, and different primary banking providers.37

What market elements, obstacles, issues and points are affecting the expansion of e-banking in growing international locations?

Human tellers and automatic teller machines proceed to be the banking channels of selection in growing international locations. Solely a small variety of banks make use of Web banking. Among the many middle- and high-income folks in Asia questioned in a McKinsey survey, solely 2.6% reported banking over the Web in 2000. In India, Indonesia, and Thailand, the determine was as little as 1%; in Singapore and South Korea, it ranged from 5% to six%. Typically, Web banking accounted for lower than 0.1% of those prospects’ banking transactions, because it did in 1999. The Web is extra generally used for opening new accounts however the numbers are negligible as lower than 0.3% of respondents used it for that objective, besides in China and the Philippines the place the figures climbed to 0.7 and 1.0%, respectively.

This gradual uptake can’t be attributed to restricted entry to the Web since 42% of respondents stated they’d entry to computer systems and seven% stated they’d entry to the Web. The chief impediment in Asia and all through rising markets is safety. That is the primary purpose for not opening on-line banking or funding accounts. Apparently, there’s additionally a desire for private contact with banks.

Entry to high-quality merchandise can also be a priority. Most Asian banks are within the early phases of Web banking providers, and most of the providers are very primary.

What are the tendencies and prospects for e-banking in these international locations?

There’s a potential for elevated uptake of e-banking in Asia. Respondents of the McKinsey survey gave the next indications:

1. Lead customers: 38% of respondents indicated their intention to open an internet account within the close to future. These lead customers undertake one-third extra transactions a month than do different customers, they usually are likely to make use of all banking channels extra typically.

2. Followers: An extra 20% confirmed an inclination to finally open an internet account, if their major establishment have been to supply it and if there can be no further financial institution expenses.

3. Rejecters: 42% (in comparison with the mixture determine of 58% for lead customers and followers) indicated no real interest in or an aversion to Web banking. You will need to be aware that these respondents additionally most well-liked consolidation and ease, i.e., proudly owning fewer banking merchandise and coping with fewer monetary establishments.

Lower than 13% of the lead customers and followers indicated some curiosity in conducting complicated actions over the Web, resembling buying and selling securities or making use of for insurance coverage, bank cards, and loans. A couple of third of lead customers and followers confirmed an inclination to undertake solely the essential banking capabilities, like ascertaining account balances and transferring cash between accounts, over the Web. 38

What’s e-tailing?[edit]

E-tailing (or digital retailing) is the promoting of retail items on the Web. It’s the commonest type of business-to-consumer (B2C) transaction.

Field 8. E-Tailing: Pioneering Developments in E-Commerce

The yr 1997 is taken into account the primary massive yr for e-tailing. This was when Dell Laptop recorded multimillion greenback orders taken at its Site. Additionally, the success of Amazon.com (which opened its digital doorways in 1996) inspired Barnes & Noble to open an e-tail website. Safety considerations over taking buy orders over the Web regularly receded. In the identical yr, Auto-by-Tel bought its millionth automobile over the Net, and CommerceNet/Nielsen Media recorded that 10 million folks had made purchases on the Net.

What are the tendencies and prospects for e-tailing?

Jupiter initiatives that e-tailing will develop to $37 billion by 2002. One other estimate is that the net market will develop 45% in 2001, reaching $65 billion. Profitability will fluctuate sharply between Net-based, catalog-based and store-based retailers. There was additionally a marked discount in buyer acquisition prices for all on-line retailers from a median of $38 in 1999 to $29 in 2000.

An e-retail examine performed by Retail Ahead confirmed that eight of its high 10 e-retailers 40 have been multi-channel-that is, they don’t depend on on-line promoting alone. Determine 7 reveals the highest 10 e-tailers by revenues generated on-line for the yr 2001.

Determine 7. Prime 10 E-Retailers 41

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As well as, a examine by the Boston Consulting Group and Store.org revealed that the multi-channel retail market within the U.S. expanded by 72% from 1999 to 2002, vis-àvis a compounded annual development fee of 67.8% for the entire on-line marketplace for the years 1999-2002.

What’s on-line publishing? What are its most typical functions?[edit]

On-line publishing is the method of utilizing laptop and particular kinds of software program to mix textual content and graphics to provide Net-based paperwork resembling newsletters, on-line magazines and databases, brochures and different promotional supplies, books, and the like, with the Web as a medium for publication.

What are the advantages and benefits of on-line publishing to enterprise?

Among the many advantages of utilizing on-line media are low-cost common entry, the independence of time and place, and ease of distribution. These are the the explanation why the Web is thought to be an efficient advertising and marketing outreach medium and is commonly used to reinforce info service.

What are the issues and points in on-line publishing?

The issues in on-line publishing could be grouped into two classes: administration challenges and public coverage points.

There are two main administration points:

The revenue query, which seeks to deal with how an internet presence could be changed into a worthwhile one and how much enterprise mannequin would lead to probably the most income; and

The measurement problem, which pertains to the effectiveness of a Site and the equity of expenses to advertisers.

The commonest public coverage points should do with copyright safety and censorship. Many publishers are prevented from publishing on-line due to insufficient copyright safety. An necessary query to be addressed is: How can current copyright protections within the print atmosphere be mapped onto the net atmosphere? A lot of the options are technological slightly than authorized. The extra widespread technological options embrace encryption for paid subscribers, and knowledge utilization meters on add-in circuit boards and complicated doc headers that monitor the frequency and method by which textual content is considered and used.

In on-line advertising and marketing, there’s the issue of unsolicited business e-mail or “spam mail.” Junk e-mail isn’t just annoying; it is usually expensive. Other than displacing regular and helpful e-mail, the main purpose why spam mail is a giant problem in on-line advertising and marketing is that important prices are shifted from the sender of such mail to the recipient. Sending bulk junk e-mail is loads cheaper in comparison with receiving the identical. Junk e-mail consumes bandwidth (which an ISP purchases), making Web entry purchasers slower and thereby rising the price of Web use.42

How necessary is e-commerce to SMEs in growing international locations? How massive is the SME e-business market?[edit]

For SMEs in growing international locations e-commerce poses the benefits of decreased info search prices and transactions prices (i.e., enhancing effectivity of operations-reducing time for cost, credit score processing, and the like). Surveys present that info on the next is Most worthy to SMEs: prospects and markets, product design, course of expertise, and financing supply and phrases. The Web and different ICTs facilitate entry to this info.43 As well as, the Web permits computerized packaging and distribution of data (together with custom-made info) to particular goal teams.

Nevertheless, there’s doubt concerning whether or not there’s sufficient info on the Net that’s related and helpful for the typical SME in a growing nation that may make funding in Web entry possible. Underlying that is the truth that most SMEs in growing international locations cater to native markets and subsequently rely closely on native content material and knowledge. Because of this, there’s a must considerably enhance the quantity and high quality of native content material (together with native language content material) on the Web to make it helpful particularly to low-income entrepreneurs.44

Field. 9. ICT-4-BUS: Serving to SMEs Conquer the E-Enterprise Problem45

The Data and Communication Know-how Innovation Program for E-business and SME Improvement, in any other case generally known as the ICT-4-BUS, is an initiative by the Multilateral Funding Fund and the Data Know-how for Improvement Division of the Inter-American Improvement Financial institution (IDB) to reinforce the competitiveness, productiveness and effectivity of micro-entrepreneurs and SMEs in Latin America and the Carribean via the supply of elevated entry to ICT options. That is consistent with the regional and worldwide effort to realize a viable “info society.” Applications and initiatives below this initiative embrace the dissemination of region-wide greatest practices, laptop literacy and coaching applications, and coordination efforts to facilitate crucial entry to credit score and financing for the profitable implementation of e-business options. The initiative serves as a strategic device and a car for maximizing the robust SME e-business market potential in Latin America manifested within the $23.51 billion e-business revenues reached amongst Latin American SMEs.46

eMarketer estimates that SME e-business revenues will enhance: from $6.53 billion to $28.53 billion in Jap Europe, Africa and the Center East mixed; $127.25 billion in 2003 to $502.69 billion by 2005 within the Asia-Pacific area; $23.51 billion in 2003 to $89.81 billion by 2005 in Latin America; from $340.41 billion in 2003 to $971.47 billion by 2005 in Western Europe; and from $384.36 billion in 2003 to $1.18 trillion by 2005 in Northern America.

How is e-commerce helpful to growing nation entrepreneurs?

There are no less than 5 methods by which the Web and e-commerce are helpful for growing nation entrepreneurs:

1. It facilitates the entry of artisans47 and SMEs to world markets.

2. It facilitates the promotion and improvement of tourism of growing international locations in a world scale.

3. It facilitates the advertising and marketing of agricultural and tropical merchandise within the international market.

4. It gives avenues for corporations in poorer international locations to enter into B2B and B2G provide chains.

5. It assists service-providing enterprises in growing international locations by permitting them to function extra effectively and immediately present particular providers to prospects globally.

Field 10. IFAT: Empowering the Agricultural Sector via B2C E-Commerce

The Worldwide Federation for Various Commerce (IFAT) is a collective effort to empower the agricultural sector of growing international locations. It’s composed of 100 organizations (together with 70 organizations in growing international locations) in 42 international locations. Members of the group collectively market about $200-400 million yearly in handicrafts and agricultural merchandise from decrease earnings international locations. As well as, IFAT gives help to growing nation producers by way of logistical assist, high quality management, packing and export.

Field 11. Offshore Knowledge Processing Facilities: E-commerce at Work within the Service Sector

Offshore information processing facilities, which offer information transcription and “again workplace” capabilities to service enterprises resembling insurance coverage corporations, airways, bank card corporations and banks, amongst others, are prevalent in growing international locations and even in lowwage developed international locations. In actual fact, buyer assist name facilities of dot-coms and different ICT/e-commerce corporations are thought-about one of many quickest rising parts of offshore providers in these international locations. India and the Philippines pleasure themselves in being the main places of offshore information entry and laptop programming in Asia, with India having established a classy software program improvement functionality with extremely expert personnel to assist it.48

Growing nation SMEs within the providers sector have expanded their market with the elevated means to transact immediately with abroad or worldwide prospects and to promote their providers. That is very true for small operators of tourism-related providers. Tourism boards lend help in compiling lists of service suppliers by class of their Websites.

As well as, for SMEs in growing international locations the Web is a fast, straightforward, dependable and cheap means for buying on-line technical assist and software program instruments and functions, lodging technical inquiries, requesting repairs, and ordering substitute elements or new tooling.49

The Web can also be instrumental in enabling SMEs in growing international locations to affix dialogue teams with their friends throughout the globe who’re engaged in the identical enterprise, and thereby share info, experiences and even options to particular technical issues. That is helpful particularly to entrepreneurs who’re geographically remoted from friends in the identical enterprise.50

What’s the extent of ICT utilization amongst SMEs in growing international locations?

At the moment the Web is mostly utilized by SME corporations in growing international locations for communication and analysis; the Web is least used for e-commerce. E-mail is taken into account an necessary technique of communication. Nevertheless, the extent of use is restricted by the SMEs’ recognition of the significance of face-to-face interplay with their consumers and suppliers. The extent of confidence of utilizing e-mail for communication with each suppliers and consumers will increase solely after an preliminary face-to-face interplay. E-mail, subsequently, turns into a method for sustaining a enterprise relationship. It’s sometimes step one in e-commerce, because it permits a agency to entry info and preserve communications with its suppliers and consumers. This may then result in extra superior e-commerce actions.

One of many key limitations to e-commerce improvement within the growing world is safe cost gateways. Even in Egypt, with a well-developed worldwide tourism market, native SMEs are largely unable to take safe funds on-line. Cost gateway suppliers are nonetheless not working within the growing world, and native banks usually tend to develop customised options slightly than open supply plug ins for web pages.

ICT utilization patterns amongst SMEs in growing international locations present a development from the usage of the Web for communication (primarily e-mail) to make use of of the Web for analysis and knowledge search, to the event of Websites with static details about a agency’s items or providers, and at last to make use of of the Web for e-commerce.

Field 12. E-Mail and the Web in Growing International locations

To this point, e-mail is the predominant and most necessary use of the Web in growing international locations. In Bangladesh, 82% of Web use is attributed to e-mail, vis-à-vis 5% in the US. The Net accounts for about 70% of Web use within the U.S.51 That is as a result of comparatively excessive Web entry prices in most growing international locations. Nevertheless, the Web is taken into account a cheap, though imperfect, various to the phone or facsimile machine-i.e., it’s cheap as a result of increased velocity of data transmission, and imperfect as a result of it doesn’t present two-way communication in actual time not like the phone.52

Many corporations use the Web to speak with suppliers and prospects solely as a channel for sustaining enterprise relationships. As soon as corporations develop a sure stage of confidence on the advantages of e-mail within the conduct of enterprise transactions and the potential of making gross sales from its use, they normally take into account the choice of growing their very own Site.

Research commissioned by The Asia Basis on the extent of ICT use amongst SMEs within the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia, present widespread use patterns, resembling:

1. large use of the Web for e-mail due to the acknowledged value and effectivity advantages;

2. use of Websites extra for promotion than for on-line gross sales or e-commerce, indicating that SMEs in these international locations are nonetheless within the early phases of e-commerce;

3. widespread use of the Web for primary analysis; and

4. inclination to have interaction extra in offline transactions than in e-commerce due to safety considerations.

SMEs undergo totally different phases in adopting e-commerce. They begin with making a Site primarily to promote and promote the corporate and its services and products. When these corporations start producing site visitors, inquiries and, finally, gross sales via their Websites, they’re prone to interact in e-commerce.

Field 13. Girls and International Net-Primarily based Advertising: The Case of the Guyanese Weavers’ Cooperative

The Guyanese Weavers’ Cooperative is a corporation based by 300 ladies from the Wapishana and Macushi tribes in Guyana, northern South America. The cooperative revived the traditional artwork of hammock weaving utilizing 19th century accounts and illustrations of the hammocks made by European vacationers and the cultivation of cotton on small household plots and hand-weaving. The group then employed somebody to create a Site, which was instrumental in bringing their wares on-line. Not lengthy after, within the mid-1990s, the group of weavers (the Rupununi Weavers Society) was in a position to promote hammocks to Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, the Smithsonian Institute, and the British Museum. Since 1998, they’ve bought about 20 hammocks via the Web at $1,000 per piece. This case additionally reveals that SMEs have nice potential to compete in markets for high-end, bespoke merchandise regardless of the low gross sales quantity.

As well as, many Websites offering market and technical info, agronomic recommendation and danger administration instruments for SMEs (to espresso and tea farmers in growing international locations, for instance) have emerged.53

What are the obstacles, issues and points confronted by SMEs of their use of ICT in enterprise or in partaking in e-commerce?

In response to current surveys performed in choose Southeast Asian international locations, the perceived exterior limitations to e-commerce embrace the unfavorable financial atmosphere, the excessive value of ICT, and safety considerations. The interior limitations are poor inner communications infrastructure inside SME corporations, lack of ICT consciousness and information in addition to inadequacy of ICT-capable and literate managers and employees, inadequate monetary sources, and the perceived lack of relevance or value-added of ICTs to their enterprise.

Typically, the primary problems with concern that act as limitations to the elevated uptake of data expertise and e-commerce are the next:

  • Ignorance and understanding of the worth of e-commerce. Most SMEs in growing international locations haven’t taken up e-commerce or use the Web as a result of they overlook the worth of e-commerce to their companies. Many assume e-commerce is suited solely to massive corporations and that it’s an extra value that won’t convey any main returns on funding.
  • Lack of ICT information and expertise. Individuals play a significant position within the improvement of e-commerce. Nevertheless, expertise literacy continues to be very restricted in most growing international locations. There’s a scarcity of expert employees amongst SMEs, a key problem in transferring ahead with utilizing info expertise in enterprise. There are additionally doubts about whether or not SMEs can certainly benefit from the advantages of accessing the worldwide market via the Web, given their restricted capabilities in design, distribution, advertising and marketing, and post-sale assist. Whereas the Web could be helpful in accessing worldwide design experience, SMEs will not be assured that they will command a premium on the costs for his or her items except they provide product improvements. They’ll, nonetheless, capitalize on returns on the premise that they’re the low value suppliers.

Moreover, as a rule, the premium in design has already been captured-for instance, within the textile merchandise industry-by the branded vogue homes. SMEs doubt whether or not Net presence will facilitate their very own model recognition on a world scale.54

  • Monetary prices. Price is a vital problem. The preliminary funding for the adoption of a brand new expertise is proportionately heavier for small than for big corporations. The excessive value of computer systems and Web entry is a barrier to the uptake of e-commerce. Confronted with budgetary constraints, SMEs take into account the extra prices of ICT spending as too massive an funding with out instant returns.

Many SMEs discover advertising and marketing on the Web costly. Having a Site will not be equal to having a well-visited Site. One purpose is that there could also be no crucial mass of customers. Another excuse is the problem of anonymity for SMEs. Due to the presence of quite a few entrepreneurs within the Web, plainly model recognition issues with a view to be aggressive. Furthermore, it’s not sufficient {that a} Site is informative and user-friendly; it also needs to be up to date regularly. Engines like google should direct queries to the Site, and information in regards to the website should be broadly disseminated. Considerably, the expertise of many OECD international locations attests to the truth that the perfect e-marketing methods will not be higher substitutes for the traditional type of media.55 One resolution could also be to encourage a number of SMEs to combination their info on a typical Site, which in flip would have the duty of constructing recognition/branding by hyperlinking or updating, for instance.

  • Infrastructure. The nationwide community/bodily infrastructure of many growing international locations is characterised by comparatively low teledensity, a significant barrier to e-commerce. There are additionally comparatively few essential telephone traces for enterprise use amongst SMEs.
  • Safety. Making certain safety of funds and privateness of on-line transactions is essential to the widespread acceptance and adoption of e-commerce. Whereas the suitable insurance policies are in place to facilitate e-commerce, lack of belief continues to be a barrier to utilizing the Web to make on-line transactions. Furthermore, bank card utilization in lots of growing international locations continues to be comparatively low.56

Additionally, shoppers are reluctant to make use of the Web for conducting transactions with SMEs as a result of uncertainty of the SMEs’ return coverage and use of knowledge.

  • Different privacy- and security-related points.57 Whereas safety is usually used because the catch-all phrase for a lot of totally different the explanation why people and corporations don’t interact in in depth e-commerce and use of Web-based applied sciences, there are different associated causes and unresolved points, resembling tax evasion, privateness and anonymity, fraud adjudication, and authorized legal responsibility on bank cards. In lots of international locations, money is most well-liked not just for safety causes but additionally due to a need for anonymity on the a part of these engaged in tax evasion or those that merely don’t need others to know the place they’re spending their cash. Others fear that there’s lack of authorized safety towards fraud (i.e., there isn’t a provision for adjudicating fraud and there could also be no authorized restrict on legal responsibility, say, for a misplaced or stolen bank card). It’s crucial to differentiate these considerations from the final safety considerations (i.e., transaction privateness, safety and safety) since they is probably not addressed by the employment of an efficient encryption methodology (or different safety measure).

Is e-commerce useful to the ladies sector? How has it helped in empowering ladies?[edit]

Typically, the Web and e-commerce have empowered sectors beforehand discriminated towards. The Guyanese expertise can attest to this.

Girls have gained a foothold in lots of e-commerce areas. In B2C e-commerce, most success tales of women-empowered enterprises should do with advertising and marketing distinctive merchandise to shoppers with disposable earnings. The shoppers are discovered largely in developed international locations, implying that there’s a want for ample infrastructure for the supply of merchandise for the enterprise to prosper and set up credibility. For instance, if an enterprise can enterprise into producing digital items resembling music or software program that may be transmitted electronically or if such items could be distributed and/or delivered domestically, then that is the choice that’s extra possible and practicable.

Other than the Guyanese expertise, there are various extra profitable circumstances of e-commerce ventures that the ladies sector can emulate. Some concrete examples are: Tortasperu.com ( http://www.tortasperu.com.pe), a enterprise involving the advertising and marketing desserts in Peru run by ladies in a number of Peruvian cities; Ethiogift ( http://www.ethiogift.com), involving Ethiopians shopping for sheep and different items over the Web to ship to their households in different elements of the nation, thereby allotting with the bodily supply of products overseas; and the Rural Girls’s Affiliation of the Northern Province of South Africa, which makes use of the Net to promote its chickens to wealthy purchasers in Pietersburg.58

Whereas many of the examples contain B2C e-commerce, it should be famous that ladies are already engaged in wholesale distribution companies in growing international locations. Thus, they will start to penetrate B2B or B2G markets.

Field 14. Girls Empowerment in Bangladesh: The Case of the Grameen Village Telephone Community

The Grameen Village Telephone Community is a basic instance of girls’s empowerment in Bangladesh. Operators of the village telephones are all poor ladies (who’ve been chosen for his or her clear and powerful credit score document). These village telephones are recurrently visited by members of male-dominated villages. Notably, the ladies entrepreneurs (village operators) get pleasure from wider discretion in expending their earnings from their telephone providers than with their family earnings.

What’s the position of presidency within the improvement of e-commerce in growing international locations?[edit]

Whereas it’s usually agreed that the personal sector ought to take the lead position within the improvement and use of e-commerce, the federal government performs an instrumental position in encouraging e-commerce development via concrete practicable measures resembling:

1. Creating a good coverage atmosphere for e-commerce; and

2. Changing into a modern person of e-commerce and its functions in its operations, and a supplier to residents of e-government providers, to encourage its mass use.

What’s a good coverage atmosphere for e-commerce?

Among the many public coverage points in digital commerce that governments ought to take heed of are:

  • “bridging the digital divide” or selling entry to cheap and easy accessibility to info networks;
  • authorized recognition of e-commerce transactions;
  • client safety from fraud;
  • safety of shoppers’ proper to privateness;
  • authorized safety towards cracking (or unauthorized entry to laptop methods); and
  • safety of mental property.

Measures to deal with these points should be included in any nation’s coverage and authorized framework for e-commerce. It is vital that authorities undertake insurance policies, legal guidelines and incentives that target selling belief and confidence amongst e-commerce contributors and growing a nationwide framework that’s appropriate with worldwide norms on e-commerce (masking as an illustration, contract enforcement, client safety, legal responsibility project, privateness safety, mental property rights, cross-border commerce, and enchancment of supply infrastructure, amongst others59).

How can authorities use e-commerce60?

Authorities can use e-commerce within the following methods:

  • E-procurement. Authorities companies ought to have the ability to commerce electronically with all suppliers utilizing open standards-through ‘company enablement’ applications, ‘provider enablement’ applications, and e-procurement info methods.
  • Customs clearance. With the computerization of customs processes and operations (i.e., digital submission, processing and digital cost; and automatic methods for information entry to combine customs tables, codes and pre-assessment), one can anticipate extra predictable and extra exact info on clearing time and supply shipments, and elevated legit revenues.
  • Tax administration. This features a system for digital processing and transmission of tax return info, on-line issuances of tax clearances, permits, and licenses, and an digital course of registration of companies and new taxpayers, amongst others.

Most of the time, the e-commerce initiatives of presidency are a barometer indicating whether or not or not the infrastructure helps e-commerce use by personal corporations. Because of this if authorities is unable to have interaction in e-procurement, safe data on-line, or have customs charges remitted electronically, then the personal sector can even have difficulties in e-commerce uptake. Nearly, the advantages from e-commerce accrue to the federal government, because the experiences of some international locations replicate.61

Are current authorized methods ample to guard these engaged in e-commerce?

Sadly, the present authorized methods in most growing international locations will not be ample to guard these engaged in e-commerce. As an illustration, with respect to contracts, current legal guidelines have been conceived at a time when the phrase “writing,” “doc” and “signature” referred to issues in paper type. Alternatively, in right now’s digital enterprise transactions paper will not be used for record-keeping or getting into into contracts.

One other necessary and customary authorized problem confronted by many growing international locations is uncertainty concerning whether or not the courts will settle for digital contracts or paperwork and/or digital signatures as proof. One view is that the problem of admissibility of electronically generated proof won’t be resolved except a legislation particularly referring to it’s handed. This hole in current authorized methods has triggered the emergence of no less than two divergent views: one bordering on the conservative interpretation of the phrase “doc” as to exclude non-paper-based ones; and the opposite involving a liberal development, which permits digital counterparts of paperwork.

Within the ASEAN area, solely three countries-Singapore (Singapore Digital Transactions Act), Malaysia (Cyberlaws), and the Philippines (Philippine E-commerce Act)-have a authorized framework for e-commerce. These frameworks present for the authorized recognition of digital paperwork and signatures and penalize widespread crimes and offenses dedicated in our on-line world.

What different related coverage points needs to be addressed?

Different coverage points concern primary conditions of infrastructure for profitable e-commerce, as follows:

1. Telecoms pricing and efficiency

One of many goals of telecommunications coverage and laws needs to be to make sure that the general public has entry to primary telecommunications providers at an inexpensive value. The aim ought to in the end be common accessor widespread entry to dependable info and communication providers at an inexpensive value and its availability at an inexpensive distance.

To boost the standard of telecommunications providers, insurance policies ought to encourage:

  • open entry, which refers back to the absence of non-competitive practices by community suppliers;
  • open structure, which pertains to the design of a system that facilitates interconnection amongst totally different methods and providers at the moment and as they develop over time; and
  • versatile entry, which pertains to interconnected and interoperable networks of telecommunications, broadcasting, and digital publishing, the place the format might be digital and the bandwidth might be adjusted in response to the calls for of the person and the character of communications.62

2. High quality and velocity of distribution logistics (i.e., roads and bridges)

Roads and bridges, particularly in growing international locations, nonetheless type a part of the e-commerce infrastructure. Only a few items are delivered over the data infrastructure or the Web (the exceptions are music and software program). A lot of the items bought over the Web are nonetheless delivered the traditional manner (i.e., bodily supply). Therefore, poor roads and bridges, inefficient transport methods, coupled with the excessive value of worldwide parcel providers and bureaucratic customs clearance processes, are main obstacles within the uptake of e-commerce in growing international locations.63 Authorities ought to subsequently create a coverage atmosphere that can:

  • encourage investments within the nationwide bodily and transport infrastructure; and
  • present for digital customs clearance processing to streamline the paperwork and permit for extra clear, predictable and environment friendly customs operations.

Each of those will contribute to the discount of distribution and logistics prices.

How can authorities intervene within the promotion and improvement of e-commerce amongst SMEs?

The next are the extra related areas for presidency intervention with respect to SME uptake of e-commerce:64

E-SME Improvement. The market in the end drives e-commerce improvement, however it’s the personal sector that fuels it. Authorities can present incentives to encourage widespread e-commerce use by SMEs. An “e-SME improvement program” wherein numerous sectors can present technical help to SMEs to advertise e-commerce uptake, can be developed. Banks, monetary lending and coaching establishments, and firms needs to be inspired to develop “SME desks” that can handle the particular wants of SMEs. Specifically, steps needs to be taken to:

  • present incentives to people to grow to be entrepreneurs by reducing borrowing charges;
  • present incentives to SMEs that intend to make use of e-commerce of their enterprise operations;
  • broaden credit score extension amenities to SMEs to ensure that them to make use of ICT and e-commerce; and
  • provide reductions on enterprise resolution software program packages and software program licenses.

Furthermore, massive companies and firms needs to be inspired to switch expertise to SMEs by providing them free coaching in ICT and e-commerce.

Consciousness Marketing campaign. Proof means that SMEs have inadequate information of data expertise and e-commerce. Many SMEs have recognized their lack of know-how of expertise as one of many essential limitations to utilizing e-commerce. Authorities and personal sector partnerships can interact in a marketing campaign to disseminate info to SMEs about e-commerce insurance policies, greatest practices, success tales, and alternatives and obstacles referring to the usage of ICTs and e-commerce. These consciousness campaigns might embrace free coaching programs and workshops on e-commerce, safety and privateness, awards applications, and knowledge facilities to help SMEs. Finally, this info marketing campaign ought to come within the type of an general e-commerce improvement technique for the financial system, specializing in its numerous progressive functions for SMEs.

E-Authorities. Authorities needs to be the lead-user of e-commerce if numerous enterprise and private-sector associated actions are to be prompted to maneuver on-line. In impact, authorities turns into a optimistic affect. E-government can take the type of numerous on-line transactions resembling firm registration, taxation, functions for quite a lot of employee- and business-related necessities, and the like.

Community Infrastructure and Localization of Content material. A developed nationwide info infrastructure is a crucial, although not a ample, situation for e-commerce uptake of SMEs. With out dependable and cheap telecommunications and different info providers, SMEs will be unable to go surfing. An necessary technique on this regard is the development of “telecenters” or digital group facilities that may function a community-shared entry and connectivity platform particularly within the rural areas (e.g., an digital agri-information heart which gives market info to farmers in rural areas). These telecenters can be a venue for capability constructing, expertise enhancement, coaching, communications and content material improvement.65 Authorities can even undertake agglomerative approaches to Web use to cut back prices (e.g., export aggregators, resembling B2B or B2C portals/exchanges for SMEs, which can facilitate buying and selling with fellow SMEs and with different corporations within the worldwide market).

Strengthening Shopper Safety. Among the many extra widespread trust-related points that SMEs pay attention to in contemplating whether or not to have interaction in e-commerce are: the place and the way cost takes place (whether or not actual or digital); when settlement takes place (earlier than, throughout or after the transaction); who settles; whether or not the transaction is B2B or B2C; and whether or not settlement could be traced. Usually, nonetheless, amongst e-commerce customers in growing international locations, together with SMEs, there’s very low willingness to offer delicate monetary info over the Web.66 Alternatively, shoppers have reservations about transacting with SMEs via the Web as a result of lack of a transparent coverage on returns and use of knowledge. To handle this concern, authorities can encourage corporations/ SMEs to make their privateness coverage specific of their Websites.

A extra complete measure that authorities can undertake to make sure safety in e-commerce transactions is the institution of a Certification Authority, which verifies vendor and purchaser identities, examines transactions and safety procedures, and points digital certificates to those that are in a position to meet the set safety requirements. A very good instance of this authorities effort is Singapore’s Certification Authority, Netrust. This suggestion does to not low cost the significance of private-driven safety options resembling Websites like Hypermart, which host and construct storefronts for SMEs whereas offering them a typical system for safe funds.68

Field. 15. Knowledge Safety and Transaction Safety

Transaction safety pertains to 3 necessary parts and associated points, specifically:

  • Transaction Privateness, which implies that transactions should be held personal and intact, with unauthorized customers unable to know the message content material;
  • Transaction Confidentiality, implying that traces of transactions should be dislodged from the general public community and that completely no middleman is permitted to carry copies of the transaction except licensed to take action; and
  • Transaction Integrity, which pertains to the significance of defending transactions from illegal interference-i.e., transactions should be saved unaltered and unmodified. In an open community just like the Web, it appears tough to make sure these. There are, nonetheless, technological options that search to deal with these safety considerations. These options normally come within the type of authorization schemes, i.e., applications that make it possible for solely licensed customers can achieve entry to info sources resembling person accounts, information, and databases. Typical examples of authorization schemes are: password safety, encrypted sensible playing cards, biometrics (e.g., fingerprinting, iris-scanning), and firewalls.67 A firewall is a system of cryptographic strategies supported by perimeter guards to make sure the protected arrival and storage of data and its safety from inner and exterior threats. The commonest information and transaction and information safety scheme is encryption, which includes a set of secret codes that defends delicate info crossing over on-line public channels. It makes info indecipherable besides to these with a decryption/decoding key.

Authorities can even present pointers for SMEs within the improvement of a system of collaborative scores, which these entrepreneurs can show on their Websites not solely to tell but additionally to guarantee their shoppers of safety. As an illustration, in digital exchanges, prospects ought to have the ability to fee suppliers by way of high quality of services or products and velocity of supply, amongst others. To attenuate fraud, sure safeguards needs to be constructed into the score system like imposing the requirement of presenting proof of buy earlier than one’s score can rely, with scores of standard prospects having extra weight. Developments in scores and feedback needs to be made available to all customers. SMEs also needs to be inspired via applicable authorities incentive schemes to take part in internationally accredited Net-based on-line score schemes.69

Authorities can even design and set up a authorized and judiciary framework that gives for minimal requirements of and necessities for transparency, impartiality and timeliness. Whereas in lots of growing international locations this can be a really formidable aim, within the medium time period SMEs might use self-regulated codes of conduct masking, for instance, return coverage, information safety, and acceptable types of content material, which might be relevant inside associations, cooperatives or their respective teams of friends and e-entrepreneurs.70 You will need to haven’t solely a score system but additionally an enforcement regime that individuals belief.

Human Sources Improvement. The federal government can provoke pilot initiatives and applications for capability-building, coaching and e-commerce assist providers, resembling Net design. In Kenya, as an illustration, the youth from Nairobi’s slums are being skilled in Net design expertise.

Typically, authorities initiatives needs to be consistent with present efforts within the foregoing areas of concern. Coordination with improvement cooperation companies is necessary to keep away from any duplication of initiatives and efforts.

Concerning the Creator[edit]

Zorayda Ruth B. Andam is an incoming fifth yr (senior) legislation pupil of the College of the Philippines. She has a bachelor’s diploma in Enterprise Economics, additionally from the College of the Philippines. She is co-author of the e-primer: An Introduction to Digital Commerce (2000) and SMEs and e-Commerce in Three Philippine Cities (April 2003). Ms. Andam was a part of the USAID group that supplied technical help to the Philippine Authorities within the improvement and passage of the nation’s e-Commerce Legislation.

For Additional Studying[edit]

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E-commerce/Web: B2B:2B or Not 2B? Model 1.1, Goldman Sachs Funding Analysis (November 1999 and September 14, 1999 points)

Japan Exterior Commerce Group. February 2002. Digital Commerce in APEC Economies: Specializing in Electrical/Digital Components Procurements.

Lallana, Emmanuel C, Patricia J. Pascual, Zorayda Ruth B. Andam. April 2002. SMEs and eCommerce in Three Philippine Cities. A examine/report ready for the Asia Basis by Digital Philippines.

________________. January 2002. SMEs and e-commerce. A examine/report ready for The Asia Basis, Citadel Asia.

Lallana, Emmanuel, Rudy S. Quimbo and Zorayda Ruth B. Andam. 2000. E-Primer: An Introduction to E-commerce. DAI-AGILE, a USAID-funded challenge.

Mann, Catherine with Sue E. Eckert and Sarah Cleeland Knight. 2000. International Digital Commerce: A Coverage Primer. Washington DC: Institute for Worldwide Economics.


Bonnett, Kendra. 2000. An IBM Information to Doing Enterprise on the Web. U.S.A.: McGraw-Hill.

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Kalakota, Ravi and Andrew B. Whinston. 1997. Digital Commerce: A Supervisor’s Information. Addison Wesley Longman, Inc.

Kanter, Rosabeth Moss. 2001. e-Volve: Succeeding within the Digital Tradition of Tomorrow. U.S.A.: Harvard Enterprise Faculty Press.

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Smith, Dayle. 2001. The E-business E-book: A Step-by-Step Information to E-commerce and Past. Princeton: Bloomberg Press.

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Mann, Catherine. Forthcoming. “Steadiness and Overlap within the International Digital Market: The UCITA Instance.” Washington College Journal of Legislation & Coverage.

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________________. July 17, 2000. “International Digital Commerce: Macroeconomic Advantages and Coverage Selections.” Invited Op-Ed, Nikkei Journal (Tokyo).

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within the Worldwide Financial system: Measurement, Modeling, Sectoral and Nation Research, and Points within the World Companies Negotiations. College of Michigan Press.

________________. October 21, 1999. “Liberalizing Companies: Key to Quicker International Progress and the Sustainability of the US Commerce Deficit.” Testimony earlier than the Subcommittee on Worldwide Commerce of the Senate Finance Committee.

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From The McKinsey Quarterly 2000 (The New World of Private Monetary Companies). No. 3:

– “Will the Banks Management On-line Banking?” by Sandra Boss, Devin McGranahan, and Asheet Mehta, p. 70

– “The Future for Bricks and Mortar” by Matthias M. Bekier, Dorlisa Ok. Flur, and Seelan J. Singham, p. 78

– “Banking on the System” by David Maude, Raghunath R, Anupan Sahay, and Peter Sands, p. 86

– “How E-tailing Can Rise from the Ashes” by Joanna Barsh, Blair Crawford, and Chris Grosso, p. 98

– “Constructing Retail Manufacturers” by Terilyn A. Henderson and Elizabeth A. Mihas, p. 110

– “M-Commerce: An Operator’s Handbook” by Nick Barnett, Stephen Hodges, and Michael J. Wilshire, p. 162

– “The Actual Enterprise of B2B” by Glenn Ramsdell, p. 174

From The McKinsey Quarterly 2000 (What Mergers Miss). No. 4:

– “Advertising Classes from E-failures” by Vittoria Varianini and Diana Vaturi, p. 86

– “From Merchandise to Ecosystems: Retail 2010,” p. 108

From The McKinsey Quarterly 2000 (e-performance). No. 1:

– “E-performance: The Path to Rational Exuberance” by Vikas Agrawal, Luis D. Arjona and Ron Lemmens, p. 30

– “B2Basics” by Ryan Kerrigan, Eric V. Roegner, Dennis D. Swinford and Craig C. Zawada, p. 44

– “Past the Enterprise Unit” by Russell Eisenstat, Nathaniel Footye, Jay Galbraith, and Danny Miller, p. 54


Digital Financial system for Communities and SMEs Improvement, 19–21 June 2002, Siam Intercontinental Resort, Bangkok, Thailand by APEC Digital Commerce Coaching Middle (Workshop on Digital Commerce Coverage and Regional Cooperation).


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1 Anita Rosen, The E-commerce Query and Reply E-book (USA: American Administration Affiliation, 2000), 5.

2 MK, Euro Information Correspondence Centre (Belgrade, Serbia), “E-commerce-Issue of Financial Progress;” out there from http://www.eicc.co.yu/newspro/viewnews.cgi?newsstart3end5; Web; accessed 25 September 2002.

Three Thomas L. Mesenbourg, Measuring Digital Enterprise: Definitions, Underlying Ideas, and Measurement Plans.

Four Definition tailored and expanded from Emmanuel Lallana, Rudy Quimbo, Zorayda Ruth Andam, ePrimer: An Introduction to eCommerce (Philippines: DAI-AGILE, 2000), 2.

5 Ibid.

6 Lallana, Quimbo, Andam, 4. Cf. Ravi Kalakota and Andrew B. Whinston, Digital Commerce: A Supervisor’s Information (USA: Addison Wesley Longman, Inc., 1997), 19-20.

7 Lallana, Quimbo, Andam, 4.

Eight Breakdown of the Worldwide Knowledge Corp.

9 “E-commerce/Web: B2B: 2B or Not 2B?” (Goldman Sachs Funding Analysis, November 1999), v. 1.1, 16,68-71.

10 Ibid.

11 Kalakota and Whinston, 18-19.

12 Lallana, Quimbo, Andam, 4.

13 To be mentioned within the succeeding sections of this primer.

14 Kalakota and Whinston, 20-21.

15 TA Challenge, “E-commerce;” out there from http://www.tab.fzk.de/en/projekt/skizze/ecommerce.htm; Web; accessed 26 September 2002.

16 Traderinasia.com; out there from http://www.traderinasia.com/classifieds.html; Web; accessed 26 September 2002.

17 whatis.com, searchWebServices.com; out there from http://whatis.com/

18 Cf. Kalakota and Whinston, 7-11.

19 Cf. Enterprise Software program Alliance, eCommerce and Growing Markets, 17-18.

20 For a extra in depth dialogue on convergence, seek advice from Edwin S. Soriano, Nets, Webs, and The Data Infrastructure.

21 Lallana, Quimbo, Andam, 13.

22 Tailored from the inputs and feedback on this primer of Mr. Chris Coward.

23 Trade Canada, Canada’s Enterprise and Shopper Web site; out there from http:// strategis.gc.ca; accessed 26 September 2002..

24 Ibid.

25 Lallana, Quimbo and Andam, 2.

26 Michael Chait, “Is the Dot Com Bust Coming to an Finish?” (July 8, 2002); out there from http://www.Internetnews.com/bus-news/article.php/1381331; accessed 26 September 2002.

27 Reshma Kapadia, “What triggered the dot-com bust?”; out there from http://www.information24.com/Information24/Know-how/0,1113,2-13_1142765,00.html; accessed 26 September 2002.

28 Reid Goldscborough, “Viewpoint-Private Computing: Overlook The Dot-Com Bust, There’s Nonetheless Cash To Be Made;” out there from http://www.industryweek.com/Columns/Asp/columns.asp?ColumnId=881; accessed September 26, 2002.

29 whatis.com, searchEBusiness.com.

30 Ibid.

31 Lynda M. Applegate, excerpts type the E-business Handbook (The St. Lucie Press, 2002); out there from http://hbswk.hbs.edu/instruments/print_item.jhtml?id=3007&t=ecommerce; accessed 26 September 2002.

32 Community economies of scale are attained when an combination of corporations or organizations share a typical infrastructure, capabilities and consumer base for quicker, higher and extra cost-efficient manufacturing and distribution of services and products.

33 Community economies of scope permit corporations and/or organizations throughout the identical community/ digital group to share the infrastructure for the manufacturing and distribution of recent services and products and for creating and/or getting into new markets or launching new companies extra successfully and effectively than opponents.

34 Built-in provide chains allow distributors to hyperlink their suppliers with their enterprise purchasers/prospects.

35 Built-in purchase chains allow distributors to hyperlink producers to shoppers.

36 NetValue Analysis

37 Suganthi, Balachandher and Balachandran, “Web Banking Patronage: An Empirical Investigation of Malaysia;” out there from http://www.arraydev.com/commerce/jibc/0103_01.htm; accessed 26 September 2002.

38 McKinsey survey.

39 This part is greatest learn in relation to the dialogue on B2C.

40 To be included in Retail Ahead’s Prime e-retailers, the corporate ought to have generated no less than 50% of its gross sales from direct-to-consumer (DTC) retail.

41 Cf. http://www.emarketer.com/information/article.php?1001447&ref=ed

Determine 8.
Firm On-line Revenues (in billions of {dollars})
Amazon.com 3.12
Workplace Depot 1.60
Staples 0.95
Gateway, Inc. 0.76
Costco Wholesale 0.45
Barnesandnoble.com 0.41
Purchase.com 0.40
QVC.com 0.35
Spiegel Group 0.33
J.C. Penny 0.32

42 CAUCE (Coalition In opposition to Unsolicited Business E-mail); out there from http://www.cauce.org. Accessed 26 September 2002.

43 Andrea Goldstein and David O’Connor, E-commerce for Improvement: Prospects and Coverage Points, (OECD Improvement Centre, September 2000); out there from http://www.oecd.org/dev/publication/tp1a.htm; accessed 26 September 2002.

44 Ibid.

45 Noah Elkin, “Growing International locations Assembly e-business Problem,” February 5, 2003.

46 In response to 2003 figures of AMI-Companions, a analysis group on small enterprise market.

47 Most artisans are ladies dwelling in very distant villages. Their being remoted could also be why their crafts have survived.

48 Goldstein and O’Conner.

49 Ibid

50 Ibid.

51 ITU, 1999.

52 Goldstein and O’Conner.

53 Ibid.

54 Ibid.

55 Ibid.

56 Emmanuel Lallana, Patricia J. Pascual, and Zorayda Ruth Andam, SMEs and E-commerce: The Philippine Case; Cf. SMEs and E-commerce: The Case of Indonesia, ready for The Asia Basis by Citadel Asia

57 Tailored from the inputs and feedback on this primer by Dr. Catherine Mann.

58 Nancy Hafkin and Nancy Taggart, “Gender, Data Know-how, and Growing International locations: An Analytical Examine,” June 2001.

59 Ibid.

60 For an in depth dialogue of e-government initiatives, please seek advice from the primer on “EGovernment” by Patricia J. Pascual.

61 Tailored from the inputs and feedback on this primer by Dr. Catherine Mann. For extra info, seek advice from “Benchmarking e-Authorities: A International Perspective” by UN-DPEPA and ASPA and “E-Authorities within the Philippines: Benchmarking In opposition to International Greatest Practices” by Emmanual C. Lallana, Patricia J. Pascual and Edwin S. Soriano.

62 Division of Commerce and Communications. “An Infocomms Coverage for the Data Financial system: A Consultative Paper,” December 2000.

63 Lallana, Quimbo and Andam, 14.

64 Lallana, Pascual and Andam; Cf. SMEs and E-commerce: The Case of Indonesia.

65 Ibid.

66 Goldstein and O’Conner.

67 Firewalls act as a filter between a company community and the Web, holding the company community safe from intruders however permitting authenticated company customers uninhibited entry to the Web (Supply: Kalakota and Whinston).

68 Ibid., Cf. ITC, 2000.

69 Ibid.

70 Ibid.


The creator wish to thank her peer reviewers, Dr. Catherine Mann (Senior Fellow of the Institute for Worldwide Economics), Mr. Chris Coward (Director of the Middle for Web Research) and Mr. Carter Eltzroth (Senior Vice President, International Public Coverage, MIH Group) for his or her helpful inputs to this primer.

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