Top 3 Questions related to the eCommerce Business
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Ecommerce Business - What are the most common e-commerce related questions?
We're tackling the top 3 questions about e-commerce today.
1) When did ecommerce start?
There are lots of opinions about when ecommerce began, but according to ecommerce-land.com it all began in 1991 when the Internet was commercialized. Here is a snippet:
History of ecommerce dates back to the invention of the very old notion of "sell and buy", electricity, cables, computers, modems, and the Internet. Ecommerce became possible in 1991 when the Internet was opened to commercial use. Since that date thousands of businesses have taken up residence at web sites.
At first, the term ecommerce meant the process of execution of commercial transactions electronically with the help of the leading technologies such as Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) which gave an opportunity for users to exchange business information and do electronic transactions. The ability to use these technologies appeared in the late 1970s and allowed business companies and organizations to send commercial documentation electronically.
Although the Internet began to advance in popularity among the general public in 1994, it took approximately four years to develop the security protocols (for example, HTTP) and DSL which allowed rapid access and a persistent connection to the Internet. In 2000 a great number of business companies in the United States and Western Europe represented their services in the World Wide Web. At this time the meaning of the word ecommerce was changed. People began to define the term ecommerce as the process of purchasing of available goods and services over the Internet using secure connections and electronic payment services. Although the dot-com collapse in 2000 led to unfortunate results and many of ecommerce companies disappeared, the "brick and mortar" retailers recognized the advantages of electronic commerce and began to add such capabilities to their web sites (e.g., after the online grocery store Webvan came to ruin, two supermarket chains, Albertsons and Safeway, began to use ecommerce to enable their customers to buy groceries online). By the end of 2001, the largest form of ecommerce, Business-to-Business (B2B) model, had around $700 billion in transactions.
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2) Will ecommerce take over retail?
Many pundits wonder, especially when they are on camera, if ecommerce is going to kill traditional retail stores. A Forbes article written by Steve Dennis takes that question head on. We have our opinions on this topic as well, but overall the death
of retail is over hyped. What is true is that the landscape is changing and those who fail to adapt will go the way of the dinosaur.
It seems as if those who spend a lot of time worrying about the future of retail have fallen into one of two camps. There are the “retail apocalypse” proselytizers who would have us believe that virtually all shopping will eventually be done online, that most brick-and-mortar stores are doomed and that anyone who says otherwise is a dinosaur. At the other end of the spectrum are the disruption deniers who acknowledge that the retail climate is indeed changing but who take comfort in the fact that physical retail is still growing and, more notably, that e-commerce represents “only” about 10% of all retail.
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3) Can ecommerce make you rich?
Too many people ask the wrong questions about ecommerce making them rich or wealthy. If you start a business trying to get rich you are headed for trouble.
If you start a business to help someone solve a problem you are far more likley to find "legs" for that business.
Luckily the world we live in today allows you to pursue a business, which focuses on solving somone's problem, in a far easier way than ever before. eCommerce platforms like Shopify, Amazon, Wordpress, Wix, Square, and many others are not going to make you rich.
However, you can create a business that creates equity and ultimately even wealth if you think about creating something that actually has value: e.g. a brand vs. trying to spin up a aliexpress to shopify site that has nothing of inherent value.
Here are a couple articles that you can review:
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