E-commerce is the buying and selling of goods and services, or the transmitting of funds or data, over an electronic network, primarily the Internet. These business transactions occur either business-to-business, business-to-consumer, consumer-to-consumer or consumer-to-business. The terms e-commerce and e-business are often used interchangeably. The term e-tail is also sometimes used in reference to transactional processes around online retail.
E-commerce is conducted using a variety of applications, such as email, online catalogs and shopping carts, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), File Transfer Protocol, and Web services. The benefits of e-commerce include its around-the-clock availability, the speed of access, a wider selection of goods and services, accessibility, and international reach.
To ensure the security, privacy and effectiveness of e-commerce, businesses should authenticate business transactions, control access to resources such as webpages for registered or selected users, encrypt communications and implement security technologies such as the Secure Sockets Layer.
Our team has setup many e-commerce sites and we are happy to assist your organization to ensure success in this area. We know the ins and outs of e-commerce from many years of work and are happy to share our success and guidance.