IT for Decision Makers
e Commerce Overview
By RAJIV CHANDRA
What is e Commerce?
e commerce is enabling or achieving your
business objectives by using information
technology to enhance or transform your
Business to business (B2B)
increasing business efficiency
Business to Consumer (B2C)
Consumer to Consumer (C2C)
ecommerce is more then just an online
shop selling goods…. Businesses make
huge savings by more efficient interaction
with their suppliers or buyers.
A local pharmacist orders 60% of his supplies from
an overseas pharmaceutical suppliers website and
saves 5% in his purchases - is this ecommerce?
A remote Fiji resort attracts guests from the USA
after several exchanges of email. Is this ecommerce?
400 million users of Internet worldwide
1999 US online retail sales - US$20bn.
2000 US online retail sales - US$30bn+
US Online buying will reach US$6.9 trillion
2004. Forrester Research
electronic payment of bills and banking
will cost US Postal Service $17bn over 10
Consumers are willing to spend money on
Despite the recent dot.com drop in
investment - consumers continue to use
the Internet in growing numbers.
The US figures are only part of the global
What is working?
Travel / Tourism
Retail - items that don’t need personal touch -
objectivity in product quality and performance
music, books, gifts, Computers, electronic items
Real Estate - houses and investment properties.
Customer support services
More efficient and effective processes between
businesses (B 2 B)
What is not working?
Items which require “touch and trial”
Clothes - beyond Tshirts
Groceries - it works for some people but
market is restricted
Note: Many OFF line factors determine
success of Online service. Eg. Transport
network, customer profiles,
Marketing Web site
How do people find your website?
Links from related and / or popular web
Informed by other users
Marketing Your Website
OFFLINE Strategy - Show Your URL
Advertising on conventional media
Despite infrastructure limitations in the india, the
target market in developed countries are likely
to be Internet users.
If unsure, start small. An existing website helps
develop your capacity to interact with customers
and measure web potential.
Lobby Government for effective IT Strategy that
develops infrastructure and builds local
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