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Inexpensive E-Commerce

Solutions for Small &

Home-Based Businesses:

 

You Don’t Have to Spend

a Fortune to Start Selling Online

 

By: Learn2succeed.com Incorporated

 

Take a look at why e-commerce is so important today. Learn about Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) which is involved in Business to Business (B2B) relationships and e-tailing in the Business to Consumer (B2C) area.

Find out how to accept payment and how to deal with international currencies. Learn about the fulfilment process and why timely delivery is so important to the success of your business. Look at why security and privacy are such important issues for your customers and how to address them. Examine hosting alternatives, cybermalls and other issues relating to e-tailing.

Take a tour of inexpensive software which you can use to establish your own e-commerce Web site. Most of these are easy-to-use solutions that don't require any programming knowledge and can get you up and running in no time. Take a look at the challenges of integrating your back office and accounting systems with your e-commerce software.

A full chapter is devoted to hints on how to fine-tune your Web site and make it e-commerce friendly. There is also a brief description of affiliate programs.

You will find out how to plan for e-commerce and what it is going to cost. Take a look at some of the taxation issues relating to e-commerce and then take a trip into the future and find out why e-commerce will be so important for the survival of your business in the years to come.

This book is a great place to start if you want to learn about inexpensive e-commerce solutions for your small or home-based business. Find out how to do it inexpensively for about $100 per month. You don't have to spend a fortune to start selling online!

 

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

    What do We Mean by E-commerce?

    B2B and B2C

    E-commerce is a Component of Web Marketing

Chapter 1 How Much Business Is Being Done Over the Web?

    Early Predictions

    The Current State of Retail E-Commerce

    The Status of Worldwide B2B E-Commerce

Chapter 2 - Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

    The Role of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

    Trading Partners

    Adopting EDI

    Value-Added Networks (VANs) & Value-Added Services

    The Focus of the Rest of this Book

Chapter 3 - Retail E-Commerce or E-Tailing

    What is E-Tailing?

    Traditional Retailing vs. E-Tailing

    The Role of Disintermediation

    The Disintermediation Balancing Act

    Impact of E-Tailing on the Commercial Real Estate Market

    Impact of E-Tailing on the Employment Market

Chapter 4 - Methods of Payment, Security & Privacy

    Credit Card Merchant Status

    Third Party Credit Card Processors

    International Currencies

    Security of Transaction

    Privacy

    Credit Card Merchant Identification

    Credit Card Adjustments for Returns and Lost Shipments

Chapter 5 - Fulfilment

    What is Fulfilment?

    Digital Fulfilment

    Non-Digital Fulfilment

    US-Canada Cross-Border Shipments

    Overseas Shipments

    Customs and Tax Matters

Chapter 6 - To Host or Not to Host?

    Web Hosting

    Do-it-Yourself Hosting

    Use a Hosting Company

    Co-Location

Chapter 7 - Cybermalls

    What is a Cybermall?

    Financial Transactions in Cybermalls

    Examples of Cybermalls

    The Future for Cybermalls

Chapter 8 - Issues Relating to E-Tailing

    Main Types of E-Commerce Software

    The Shopping Cart

    The Checkout

Chapter 9 - Examples of E-Commerce Software

    Just Add Commerce® (JAC)

    Just Add Promotion® (JAP)

    StoreFront™ Standard Edition

    SalesCart™

    EROL® Electronic Retail Online

    Zilron Storecreator

    PDG Shopping Cart

    Q-Shop Storefront System

Chapter 10 - Integration with the Back Office

    The Back End Gap

Chapter 11 - Fine Tuning Your Site for E-Commerce

    Make Your Site User-Friendly

    Make Your Site E-commerce Friendly

    Clearly State Your Shipping Charges

    Free Shipping

    Frequent Shopper Discounts

    A Word of Warning About Contests

Chapter 12 - Affiliate Programs

    What is an Affiliate Program?

Chapter 13 - Planning for E-Commerce

    Get to Know the Competition!

    The Marketing Strategy

    Methods of Distribution

    Packaging

    Image

    Advertising and Lead Generation

    Premiums and Incentives

    The Marketing and E-Commerce Plan

    Sources of Online Marketing and E-Commerce Statistics

Chapter 14 - What's it Going to Cost?

    A Rough Estimate

    Equipment Costs

    The Time Costs

Chapter 15 - The Future For Taxation on E-Commerce Transactions

    Cybertax?? - Oh NO!!

    Taxes on Inter-state and Inter-provincial Transactions

Chapter 16 - The Future of E-Commerce

    E-Commerce is Here to Stay

    The Future of E-tailing

    Comparison Shopping

    The "E-commercialization"of Education

    The "E-commercialization" of Legal, Accounting and Other Professional Services

    The "E-commercialization" of the Hospitality and Travel Industries

    The "E-commercialization" of the Publishing Industry

    The "E-commercialization" of the Gambling Industry

    The "E-commercialization" of the Adult Entertainment Industry

    The Battle of Free Content vs. Paid Content

    Conclusion

 

Inexpensive E-Commerce Solutions for Small & Home-Based Businesses: You Don't Have to Spend a Fortune to Start Selling Online by: Learn2succeed.com Incorporated; 130 pages, ISBN 978-1-55270-118-8 softcover; published in 2002; Canadian $24.95. 

 

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