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Tutorial 10 Electronic Commerce

Objectives Visit Web sites that conduct electronic commerce Understand the basics of electronic commerce, including competitive advantage and transaction cost reduction Learn how companies generate revenues online by selling products and services Learn how companies generate advertising and subscription revenues online Explore the problem of disintermediation and the opportunities presented by reintermediation New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Visit Web sites that conduct electronic commerce

Understand the basics of electronic commerce, including competitive advantage and transaction cost reduction

Learn how companies generate revenues online by selling products and services

Learn how companies generate advertising and subscription revenues online

Explore the problem of disintermediation and the opportunities presented by reintermediation

Objectives Learn how companies reduce costs and improve operational efficiency using Internet technologies Investigate new ways of doing business on he Web, such as online auctions Identify consumer concerns regarding purchasing items online Understand why international, legal, and ethical concerns are important in electronic commerce New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Learn how companies reduce costs and improve operational efficiency using Internet technologies

Investigate new ways of doing business on he Web, such as online auctions

Identify consumer concerns regarding purchasing items online

Understand why international, legal, and ethical concerns are important in electronic commerce

What is Electronic Commerce? Business processes : all the activities that companies do to achieve their objectives The terms electronic business and electronic commerce are used interchangeably to include the broadest definition: Any business process, or any collection of business processes, conducted using Internet technologies E-business and e-commerce are shorter forms of the words New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Business processes : all the activities that companies do to achieve their objectives

The terms electronic business and electronic commerce are used interchangeably to include the broadest definition:

Any business process, or any collection of business processes, conducted using Internet technologies

E-business and e-commerce are shorter forms of the words

Types of Electronic Commerce New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Participant-Based Classification Business-to-consumer (B2C) electronic commerce: process undertaken by a company to sell goods or services to individuals Business-to-business (B2B) electronic commerce: process undertaken by a company to sell goods or services to other business firms or not-for-profit organizations Business-to-government (B2G): using Internet technologies in business processes dealing with government agencies Consumer-to-consumer (C2C): processes that occur when individuals who are not operating formal businesses use the Internet to conduct transactions New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Business-to-consumer (B2C) electronic commerce: process undertaken by a company to sell goods or services to individuals

Business-to-business (B2B) electronic commerce: process undertaken by a company to sell goods or services to other business firms or not-for-profit organizations

Business-to-government (B2G): using Internet technologies in business processes dealing with government agencies

Consumer-to-consumer (C2C): processes that occur when individuals who are not operating formal businesses use the Internet to conduct transactions

Business Models Business model : the way a company does business, the sum of its business activities and processes Revenue model: the business processes that a company uses to find new customers, make sales, and deliver goods or services Operations model: the other business processes in a company, such as purchasing, hiring, receiving, and manufacturing Some electronic commerce activities are designed to improve a company’s revenue processes, others could reduce the cost or increase the efficiency of its operations processes New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Business model : the way a company does business, the sum of its business activities and processes

Revenue model: the business processes that a company uses to find new customers, make sales, and deliver goods or services

Operations model: the other business processes in a company, such as purchasing, hiring, receiving, and manufacturing

Some electronic commerce activities are designed to improve a company’s revenue processes, others could reduce the cost or increase the efficiency of its operations processes

Competitive Advantage and Transaction Cost Reduction Competitive advantage: way of generating more revenues, incurring lower costs, or performing tasks more efficiently than other companies in the same business To stay in business, a company must have a competitive advantage Transaction costs: Total of all costs that a buyer and a seller incur as they gather information and negotiate a purchase-sale transaction Include brokerage fees, sales commissions, and the costs of information search and acquisition New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Competitive advantage: way of generating more revenues, incurring lower costs, or performing tasks more efficiently than other companies in the same business

To stay in business, a company must have a competitive advantage

Transaction costs:

Total of all costs that a buyer and a seller incur as they gather information and negotiate a purchase-sale transaction

Include brokerage fees, sales commissions, and the costs of information search and acquisition

Revenue Models for Electronic Commerce Businesses today take many different approaches to generating revenue on the Web: Online catalog revenue model Advertising and Subscription Revenue Models Direct Fee Model New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Businesses today take many different approaches to generating revenue on the Web:

Online catalog revenue model

Advertising and Subscription Revenue Models

Direct Fee Model

Online Catalog Revenue Model A company replaces or supplements its distribution of printed catalogs with a catalog on its Web site Customers can place orders through the Web site, by telephone or by mail Three types of companies use this model: those that sell only on the Web, those that sell through print catalogs and the Web, and those that have physical stores and also sell on the Web New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

A company replaces or supplements its distribution of printed catalogs with a catalog on its Web site

Customers can place orders through the Web site, by telephone or by mail

Three types of companies use this model: those that sell only on the Web, those that sell through print catalogs and the Web, and those that have physical stores and also sell on the Web

Online Catalog Revenue Model Dot-com or pure dot-com companies: name given to Web-only businesses Strategic alliance ( strategic partnership ): arrangement in which one company performs some business processes for another company in exchange for money or the sharing of expertise or access to customers One strategy used frequently by pure dot-com companies is the development of strategic alliances with existing companies New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Dot-com or pure dot-com companies: name given to Web-only businesses

Strategic alliance ( strategic partnership ): arrangement in which one company performs some business processes for another company in exchange for money or the sharing of expertise or access to customers

One strategy used frequently by pure dot-com companies is the development of strategic alliances with existing companies

Online Catalog Revenue Model Most companies on the Web today are not pure dot-com companies, but are established companies that use the Web to extend their existing businesses Channel conflict: threat of losing sales from existing stores to the new online catalog Cannibalization: when Web site’s sales replace sales that would have otherwise occurred in the company’s retail stores New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Most companies on the Web today are not pure dot-com companies, but are established companies that use the Web to extend their existing businesses

Channel conflict: threat of losing sales from existing stores to the new online catalog

Cannibalization: when Web site’s sales replace sales that would have otherwise occurred in the company’s retail stores

Advertising and Subscription Revenue Models Pure advertising revenue model : some businesses, like television networks, have relied on advertising as their sole source of revenue for many years Advertising revenue pays for operations, buys programs, and generates a profit for the television networks Other businesses derive their revenue only from subscription fees (i.e., magazine that carries no advertising) New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Pure advertising revenue model : some businesses, like television networks, have relied on advertising as their sole source of revenue for many years

Advertising revenue pays for operations, buys programs, and generates a profit for the television networks

Other businesses derive their revenue only from subscription fees (i.e., magazine that carries no advertising)

Advertising and Subscription Revenue Models It is more common for magazines to charge a subscription and also carry advertising Mixed advertising-subscription revenue models are used by many Web sites New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

It is more common for magazines to charge a subscription and also carry advertising

Mixed advertising-subscription revenue models are used by many Web sites

Advertising and Subscription Revenue Models The success of Web advertising has been hampered by two major problems: No consensus has emerged on how to measure and charge for advertising on the Web Very few Web sites have enough visitors to interest large advertisers The most successful advertising on the Web is directed at very specific groups

The success of Web advertising has been hampered by two major problems:

No consensus has emerged on how to measure and charge for advertising on the Web

Very few Web sites have enough visitors to interest large advertisers

The most successful advertising on the Web is directed at very specific groups

Advertising and Subscription Revenue Models Demographic information: Collection of characteristics that marketers use to group visitors Includes such traits as address, age, gender, income, education, hobbies, political affiliation, and religion Target marketing: delivering ads to site visitors with specific demographic characteristics New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Demographic information:

Collection of characteristics that marketers use to group visitors

Includes such traits as address, age, gender, income, education, hobbies, political affiliation, and religion

Target marketing: delivering ads to site visitors with specific demographic characteristics

Advertising and Subscription Revenue Models Web portal ( portal ): Doorway to the Web Starting points for Web surfers Usually include general interest information and can help users of the portal find just about anything on the Web Earn most of their revenue by selling advertising New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Web portal ( portal ):

Doorway to the Web

Starting points for Web surfers

Usually include general interest information and can help users of the portal find just about anything on the Web

Earn most of their revenue by selling advertising

Advertising and Subscription Revenue Models Web portals share many common characteristics: Free email Links to search engines Web directories Membership services News headlines and articles Discussion groups Chat rooms Links to virtual shopping malls Calendars and address books New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Web portals share many common characteristics:

Free email

Links to search engines

Web directories

Membership services

News headlines and articles

Discussion groups

Chat rooms

Links to virtual shopping malls

Calendars and address books

Advertising and Subscription Revenue Models When online advertising volume and rates dropped between 2001 and 2003, Web portal sites had to rely on paid services to bring in sufficient revenue to survive One way that a portal site can increase its advertising revenue is to sell target marketing opportunities to advertisers through use of its search engine Newspaper and magazine publishers have tried to use the advertising supported model for their sites, but few have been successful in attracting sufficient advertiser interest to operate their sites profitably New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

When online advertising volume and rates dropped between 2001 and 2003, Web portal sites had to rely on paid services to bring in sufficient revenue to survive

One way that a portal site can increase its advertising revenue is to sell target marketing opportunities to advertisers through use of its search engine

Newspaper and magazine publishers have tried to use the advertising supported model for their sites, but few have been successful in attracting sufficient advertiser interest to operate their sites profitably

Economistcom Home Page New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Advertising and Subscription Revenue Models Web sites that offer classified advertising have been more successful than magazines and newspaper publishers in their implementations of the pure advertising-supported model Some sites specialize in employment advertising, while others offer classified ads for autos, boats, motorcycles, houses, etc. New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Web sites that offer classified advertising have been more successful than magazines and newspaper publishers in their implementations of the pure advertising-supported model

Some sites specialize in employment advertising, while others offer classified ads for autos, boats, motorcycles, houses, etc.

Direct Fee Revenue Model Direct fee revenue model : businesses offer services for which they charge a fee. Fee can be based on the specific service provided or on the number or size of the transactions processed If companies can provide the service over the Internet or give Web site visitors the information they need about the transaction on the Web site, companies can offer a high level of personal service The cost of providing this type of personal service can be much lower on the Web than in physical store locations New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Direct fee revenue model : businesses offer services for which they charge a fee.

Fee can be based on the specific service provided or on the number or size of the transactions processed

If companies can provide the service over the Internet or give Web site visitors the information they need about the transaction on the Web site, companies can offer a high level of personal service

The cost of providing this type of personal service can be much lower on the Web than in physical store locations

Direct Fee Revenue Model A wide range of services, from online games to tax-planning advice, is available on the Web today As more households obtain broadband access to the Internet, an increasing number of companies will provide streaming video of concerts and films to paying subscribers Web entertainment sites must charge a high enough monthly fee to cover the additional bandwidth costs and still make a profit New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

A wide range of services, from online games to tax-planning advice, is available on the Web today

As more households obtain broadband access to the Internet, an increasing number of companies will provide streaming video of concerts and films to paying subscribers

Web entertainment sites must charge a high enough monthly fee to cover the additional bandwidth costs and still make a profit

Direct Fee Revenue Model Sites that charge fees for specific professional services are increasingly appearing on the Web: Prepare tax returns online (H&R Block or TurboTax) Legal services (PrePaidLegal.com) Resume preparation (Resume.com) Travel agencies Automotive sales Stock brokerage firms New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Sites that charge fees for specific professional services are increasingly appearing on the Web:

Prepare tax returns online (H&R Block or TurboTax)

Legal services (PrePaidLegal.com)

Resume preparation (Resume.com)

Travel agencies

Automotive sales

Stock brokerage firms

Direct Fee Revenue Model Disintermediation: removal of an intermediary from an industry, such as the traditional travel agencies Reintermediation: introduction of a new intermediary into an industry, such as the travel agency Web sites New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Disintermediation: removal of an intermediary from an industry, such as the traditional travel agencies

Reintermediation: introduction of a new intermediary into an industry, such as the travel agency Web sites

Using the Web to Reduce Costs and Increase Efficiency Companies can earn more money by either increasing revenue or reducing costs The real challenge is using the Internet to reduce costs or increase efficiency Increased efficiency makes the amount spent on a particular cost do more work New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Companies can earn more money by either increasing revenue or reducing costs

The real challenge is using the Internet to reduce costs or increase efficiency

Increased efficiency makes the amount spent on a particular cost do more work

History of Business Cost Reductions Using Electronic Technologies Electronic funds transfers ( EFTs or wire transfers ): electronic transmissions of account exchange information over private networks Electronic data interchange ( EDI ): when one business transmits computer-readable data in a standard format to another business New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Electronic funds transfers ( EFTs or wire transfers ): electronic transmissions of account exchange information over private networks

Electronic data interchange ( EDI ): when one business transmits computer-readable data in a standard format to another business

Business Cost Reductions Using Electronic Technologies In order for EDI to work, both parties to the transaction must have compatible computer systems, some kind of communications link to connect them, and must agree to follow the same set of EDI standards When two businesses meet these three criteria, they are called trading partners When EDI includes payment information, it is called financial EDI New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

In order for EDI to work, both parties to the transaction must have compatible computer systems, some kind of communications link to connect them, and must agree to follow the same set of EDI standards

When two businesses meet these three criteria, they are called trading partners

When EDI includes payment information, it is called financial EDI

Traditional vs EDI implementation of Sale-Purchase Transactions New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Business Cost Reductions Using Electronic Technologies Banks settle most of their customers’ business transactions through automated clearinghouses (ACHs) ACH: systems created by banks or groups of banks to electronically clear their accounts with each other Businesses called value-added networks (VANs) were created to meet the demands imposed by EDI VAN : natural third party that can offer assurances and dispute-resolution services to both EDI trading partners New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Banks settle most of their customers’ business transactions through automated clearinghouses (ACHs)

ACH: systems created by banks or groups of banks to electronically clear their accounts with each other

Businesses called value-added networks (VANs) were created to meet the demands imposed by EDI

VAN : natural third party that can offer assurances and dispute-resolution services to both EDI trading partners

Reducing Transaction Costs The Web can help buyers conduct their information searches more cheaply and efficiently than by making telephone calls, sending faxes or driving store to store Some firms have started services that help buyers find products. One of these firms is Pricewatch One of the most expensive components of purchase transactions is the provision of after-sale support New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

The Web can help buyers conduct their information searches more cheaply and efficiently than by making telephone calls, sending faxes or driving store to store

Some firms have started services that help buyers find products. One of these firms is Pricewatch

One of the most expensive components of purchase transactions is the provision of after-sale support

Improving Operational Efficiency with Intranets, Extranets, and Automated Email Intranet : set of Web pages or sites that is accessible only to employees of a company Many companies use intranets to reduce operational costs and create efficiency Extranet : when an intranet is made available to users outside the company New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Intranet : set of Web pages or sites that is accessible only to employees of a company

Many companies use intranets to reduce operational costs and create efficiency

Extranet : when an intranet is made available to users outside the company

Improving Operational Efficiency with Intranets, Extranets, and Automated Email Many companies use intranets and extranets to coordinate employee, supplier, and customer activities Smaller companies that cannot afford to create a dedicated intranet or extranet can obtain some of their benefits by using a Web portal site New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Many companies use intranets and extranets to coordinate employee, supplier, and customer activities

Smaller companies that cannot afford to create a dedicated intranet or extranet can obtain some of their benefits by using a Web portal site

Improving Operational Efficiency with Intranets, Extranets, and Automated Email Email can be a good way to stay in contact with existing customers—but only if they agree to receive it Marketing experts recommend that automatically generated email messages with announcements of new products and services not be sent more often than once a week to clients Many companies offer email management services New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Email can be a good way to stay in contact with existing customers—but only if they agree to receive it

Marketing experts recommend that automatically generated email messages with announcements of new products and services not be sent more often than once a week to clients

Many companies offer email management services

Online Auctions One of the more interesting and innovative implementations of electronic commerce is the creation of Web sites that conduct online auctions Online auctions provide both revenue opportunities and cost-reduction opportunities for businesses Each online auction site establishes its own bidding rules. Most auctions remain open for a few days or a week New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

One of the more interesting and innovative implementations of electronic commerce is the creation of Web sites that conduct online auctions

Online auctions provide both revenue opportunities and cost-reduction opportunities for businesses

Each online auction site establishes its own bidding rules. Most auctions remain open for a few days or a week

Online Auctions The advantages of conducting online auctions include: Large pool of potential bidders 24-hour access Ability to auction hundreds of similar items simultaneously By the end of its second year in operation, eBay had auctioned off over $95 million in goods Both buyers and bidders benefit from the large marketplace eBay created New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

The advantages of conducting online auctions include:

Large pool of potential bidders

24-hour access

Ability to auction hundreds of similar items simultaneously

By the end of its second year in operation, eBay had auctioned off over $95 million in goods

Both buyers and bidders benefit from the large marketplace eBay created

Online Auctions Buyers of more expensive items generally protect themselves by using a third party escrow service , which holds the buyer’s payment until he or she receives and is satisfied with the purchased item Businesses are turning to online auctions to improve the process of clearing out old and slow-moving inventory Liquidation broker : intermediary who matches sellers of obsolete inventory with purchasers who are looking for bargains New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Buyers of more expensive items generally protect themselves by using a third party escrow service , which holds the buyer’s payment until he or she receives and is satisfied with the purchased item

Businesses are turning to online auctions to improve the process of clearing out old and slow-moving inventory

Liquidation broker : intermediary who matches sellers of obsolete inventory with purchasers who are looking for bargains

Consumer Concerns Participants in electronic commerce have two major concerns: Transaction security Their privacy not be violated in the course of conducting electronic commerce Assurance provider : third party that, for a fee paid by the electronic commerce Web site, will certify that the site meets some criteria for conducting business in a secure and privacy-preserving manner New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Participants in electronic commerce have two major concerns:

Transaction security

Their privacy not be violated in the course of conducting electronic commerce

Assurance provider : third party that, for a fee paid by the electronic commerce Web site, will certify that the site meets some criteria for conducting business in a secure and privacy-preserving manner

Transaction Security and Privacy A concern is how electronic commerce Web sites store their customer information Many sites store customers’ credit card numbers so that the customers do not have to type the card numbers every time they visit the site to buy something Computer that stores these card numbers is connected (directly or indirectly) to the Internet There have been a number of widely reported cases in which an intruder has broken into an electronic commerce site’s computer and stolen names, addresses, and credit card information New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

A concern is how electronic commerce Web sites store their customer information

Many sites store customers’ credit card numbers so that the customers do not have to type the card numbers every time they visit the site to buy something

Computer that stores these card numbers is connected (directly or indirectly) to the Internet

There have been a number of widely reported cases in which an intruder has broken into an electronic commerce site’s computer and stolen names, addresses, and credit card information

Transaction Security and Privacy Web sites can record a user’s clickstream to gather extensive knowledge about that visitor Many Web sites use clickstream information to display different ad banners to different visitors No general standards currently exist in the US for maintaining confidentiality regarding clickstream information Many business Web sites include statements of privacy policy directed at concerned customers, but no US laws exists requiring such statements or policies New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Web sites can record a user’s clickstream to gather extensive knowledge about that visitor

Many Web sites use clickstream information to display different ad banners to different visitors

No general standards currently exist in the US for maintaining confidentiality regarding clickstream information

Many business Web sites include statements of privacy policy directed at concerned customers, but no US laws exists requiring such statements or policies

Transaction Security and Privacy Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 : Enacted before most people were using the Internet Does not include rules specifically designed to protect the privacy of persons using Web sites to conduct transactions Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 makes it illegal for Web sites to collect identifiable information from children under the age of 13 without first obtaining their parents’ consent New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 :

Enacted before most people were using the Internet

Does not include rules specifically designed to protect the privacy of persons using Web sites to conduct transactions

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 makes it illegal for Web sites to collect identifiable information from children under the age of 13 without first obtaining their parents’ consent

Assurance Providers Several assurance providers have started offering various kinds of certifications Web sites can purchase these certifications and display the logo or seal of the assurance provider on the Web site for potential customers to examine There are currently five major assurance providers: Better Business Bureau TRUSTe International Computer Security Association VeriSign WebTrust New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Several assurance providers have started offering various kinds of certifications

Web sites can purchase these certifications and display the logo or seal of the assurance provider on the Web site for potential customers to examine

There are currently five major assurance providers:

Better Business Bureau

TRUSTe

International Computer Security Association

VeriSign

WebTrust

Ethical Standards Companies that conduct business on the Web should try to follow the ethical standards that they would follow if they were doing business in the physical world Although high ethical standards can be more expensive, in the long run they can help establish a company’s reputation and can increase the level of trust that customers, suppliers, and employees have in the company When customers are active on the Web, ethical lapses can cause immediate damage to a company’s reputation New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Companies that conduct business on the Web should try to follow the ethical standards that they would follow if they were doing business in the physical world

Although high ethical standards can be more expensive, in the long run they can help establish a company’s reputation and can increase the level of trust that customers, suppliers, and employees have in the company

When customers are active on the Web, ethical lapses can cause immediate damage to a company’s reputation

International Nature of Electronic Commerce: Language Issues The Internet brings people together from every country in the world because it reduces the distances between people in many ways Once a company overcomes the language barrier, the technology exists for it to conduct electronic commerce with any other business or consumer, anywhere in the world Many companies hire a translation firm to translate their existing Web pages into other languages New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

The Internet brings people together from every country in the world because it reduces the distances between people in many ways

Once a company overcomes the language barrier, the technology exists for it to conduct electronic commerce with any other business or consumer, anywhere in the world

Many companies hire a translation firm to translate their existing Web pages into other languages

International Nature of Electronic Commerce: Language Issues Computer-automated translation ( machine translation ) can provide rough translations very quickly, but human translators must refine the translations before they are accurate Localization : translation that takes into account the culture and customs of the country Human translation can be an expensive proposition Back-translation : procedure in which a phrase or sentence is translated from one language into another, and then translated back into the original language New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Computer-automated translation ( machine translation ) can provide rough translations very quickly, but human translators must refine the translations before they are accurate

Localization : translation that takes into account the culture and customs of the country

Human translation can be an expensive proposition

Back-translation : procedure in which a phrase or sentence is translated from one language into another, and then translated back into the original language

International Nature of Electronic Commerce: Legal Issues Businesses on the Internet must adhere to the same laws that regulate the operation of all businesses Electronic commerce can expose even small businesses to a broader range of laws and regulations than they would face if they were not operating on the Internet An e-business can become subject to laws and taxes of which its managers are unaware New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Businesses on the Internet must adhere to the same laws that regulate the operation of all businesses

Electronic commerce can expose even small businesses to a broader range of laws and regulations than they would face if they were not operating on the Internet

An e-business can become subject to laws and taxes of which its managers are unaware

International Nature of Electronic Commerce: Legal Issues Doing business internationally presents a number of challenges Many of the international issues that arise relate to legal, tax, and privacy concerns Each country has the right to pass laws and levy taxes on businesses that operate within their jurisdictions New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Doing business internationally presents a number of challenges

Many of the international issues that arise relate to legal, tax, and privacy concerns

Each country has the right to pass laws and levy taxes on businesses that operate within their jurisdictions

International Nature of Electronic Commerce: Legal Issues Many smaller sites restrict the countries to which they will deliver merchandise or in which they will provide services Terms of service (TOS) statement : Can be placed on a Web site to protect it from laws and regulations of which they might be unaware Can include rules for site visitors, a statement of copyright interest in the site design and content, and can restrict the types of business that a visitor can conduct with the site New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Many smaller sites restrict the countries to which they will deliver merchandise or in which they will provide services

Terms of service (TOS) statement :

Can be placed on a Web site to protect it from laws and regulations of which they might be unaware

Can include rules for site visitors, a statement of copyright interest in the site design and content, and can restrict the types of business that a visitor can conduct with the site

Small Business Online The Internet has given many entrepreneurs the chance to create a business online and turn it into a multi-million (or even billion) dollar company Sites that attract many visitors, although they might not sell any products, can make money from advertisements The cost of setting up a Web site and creating an online presence can be far less expensive than renting an office and creating a presence in the physical world New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

The Internet has given many entrepreneurs the chance to create a business online and turn it into a multi-million (or even billion) dollar company

Sites that attract many visitors, although they might not sell any products, can make money from advertisements

The cost of setting up a Web site and creating an online presence can be far less expensive than renting an office and creating a presence in the physical world

Small Business Online Selling products online is somewhat more complicated than selling a service, since it adds the problem of managing inventory Most successful, small online businesses that sell products have inventory items with one common characteristic: a high value-to-weight ratio Value-to-weight ratio : price of the item divided by its weight Another product characteristic good for a small online business is uniqueness New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Selling products online is somewhat more complicated than selling a service, since it adds the problem of managing inventory

Most successful, small online businesses that sell products have inventory items with one common characteristic: a high value-to-weight ratio

Value-to-weight ratio : price of the item divided by its weight

Another product characteristic good for a small online business is uniqueness

Future of Electronic Commerce Many businesses, organizations and individuals are interconnected through the Internet The Web has given the Internet an easy-to-use interface The combination of the Web’s interface and the Internet’s extension of computer networking have opened new opportunities for electronic commerce New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Many businesses, organizations and individuals are interconnected through the Internet

The Web has given the Internet an easy-to-use interface

The combination of the Web’s interface and the Internet’s extension of computer networking have opened new opportunities for electronic commerce

Summary Companies use Web strategies to generate revenues, increase operational efficiency, and reduce costs Online auctions are a new type of business that did not exist before the Web Companies doing business on the Web have taken steps to reassure consumers that their transactions will be secure and that their privacy will be respected Electronic commerce operates in an international, legal and ethical environment New Perspectives on The Internet, Seventh Edition—Comprehensive

Companies use Web strategies to generate revenues, increase operational efficiency, and reduce costs

Online auctions are a new type of business that did not exist before the Web

Companies doing business on the Web have taken steps to reassure consumers that their transactions will be secure and that their privacy will be respected

Electronic commerce operates in an international, legal and ethical environment

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