E-Commerce

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Electronic-commerce (commonly referred to as E-Commerce, Ecommerce or eCommerce; also abbreviated as E-com, Ecom, e-com or eCom) is the convergence of computer science and business. It represents the act of doing business using electronic technologies, particularly as it relates to the sale of goods or services.

E-Commerce tends to refer to a particular subset of E-Business, with focus on consumer-facing commercial activities.






Topics

Common topics of E-Commerce include:

  1. Graphic Design (logos, artwork, visual image design)
  2. Web Development (HTML, xHTML, HTML5) & Web Design (CSS)
  3. Mobile Web Development (WAP, xHTML, HTML5)
  4. Front-end Web Applications (JSP, ASP, PHP)
  5. Database Management technologies (Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL)
  6. Web Analytics (device, log & usage analysis)
  7. Data Mining (OLAP, extraction/scraping, visualization)
  8. Behavioral Targeting (BT)
  9. Content Management Systems (CMS)
  10. E-Procurement (auctions, online retail, shopping carts, etc)
  11. E-Payment (financial transactions, credit card processing, ATM, NFC, etc)
  12. E-Security (Encryption, DRM, Anti-Virus, Policies, PCI compliance, etc)


Legal Requirements

Different countries have different legal requirements in terms of legality of selling products/services online (what can be sold, by who, how, when, what licenses or permits are required, etc). Main examples of E-Commerce activities posing serious legal problems are Gambling, Pornography and/or Adult Services, which comprise a large portion of E-Commerce but yet is illegal in many jurisdictions and geo-political regions. Unfortunately for honest businesses looking to make a buck without exploiting people or their bodies, porn has proven to be one of the most profitable, low-cost and high-return E-Commerce Business Models. Although, with an increasing amount of retail business of all types happening online, so-called "legitimate" is quickly starting to regain its share of all E-Commerce sales as well. Another good example is auctioning online; before eBay legitamized online auctions, they were forbidden in many geo-political regions. Other prime considerations apart from what can be sold and related questions, center around how the actual transactions must be carried out, secured, recorded/logged, accounted for and taxed, as well guaranteed and supported by the retailer (seller) after the purchase by the consumer (buyer).

Canada

In Canada, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is in charge of all income tax and business revenue taxation.


USA

Japan



Ontologies

GoodRelations

There are a set of semantics within the E-Commerce domain that describes terms and models. GoodRelations is a lightweight ontology for annotating offerings on the Web.

[2]

UNSO (P2P)




Tools

Shopping Cart

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Comparison Shopping

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Travel


Selling Engines

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Promotion Platforms


Resources


Tutorials


External Links

References

  1. E-Commerce in Japan – English sites offer quality Japanese products: http://www.stippy.com/japan-work/english-language-ecommerce-sites-offer-latest-japanese-products/
  2. A podcast conversation about GoodRelations, with Martin Hepp and Jamie Taylor: http://cloudofdata.com/2010/02/a-podcast-conversation-about-goodrelations-with-martin-hepp-and-jamie-taylor/
  3. Canadian cross-border shopping: https://www.kinek.com/cross-border-shopping
  4. Shipping to the Border: https://www.kinek.com/shipping-to-the-border
  5. ReviewsAhoy (list of sites powered by JReviews): http://www.reviewsahoy.com/
  6. Who are competitors to Magento?: http://www.quora.com/Who-are-competitors-to-Magento (Complete list of Top OSS E-Commerce solutions)
  7. wikipedia: Price comparison service
  8. Top 10 Shopping/Sales Platforms: http://searchenginewatch.com/sew/study/2097413/shopping-engines
  9. wikipedia: Online shopping
  10. Canada Post API: http://www.programmableweb.com/api/canadapost
  11. http://www.programmableweb.com/api/buysafe
  12. http://www.programmableweb.com/api/lijit
  13. Why 3 MIT Grads Want to Send You an Empty Box: http://www.wired.com/business/2013/05/one-click-selling/
  14. Build a Shopping Cart With PHP and MySQL - New Premium Tutorial: http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/php/build-a-shopping-cart-with-php-and-mysql-new-plus-tutorial/
  15. Enhance a CodeIgniter Shopping Cart with jQuery: http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/php/how-to-build-a-shopping-cart-using-codeigniter-and-jquery/
  16. OpenCola Softdrink RECIPE: http://www.colawp.com/colas/400/cola467_recipe.html
  17. How to make Coca-Cola and Open Cola: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-04/15/making-your-own-cola

See Also

E-Business | E-Payment | M-Commerce | E-Learning | LBS | BT | Digital Currency | Business Model