EDI and E-commerce or E-business
Today the most common use of the term e-commerce (or e-business) is
to refer to the buying and selling of goods on the Internet. A
more specific usage of the term e-commerce and one that pre-dates the
explosion of the Internet is the processing of business transactions
using electronic communications. During the earliest days of EDI,
suppliers often established a direct connection with their retail
trading partner to send and receive purchase orders and invoices.
The introduction of Value Added Networks provided a secure means for
communication without the need to establish direct connections.
Today's EDI transactions often travel via the Internet and this process
is sometimes referred to as B2B E-Commerce.
In the News
Supply & Demand Chain:
Buyer-Seller Disconnect. Industrial buyers are shopping on the web
but suppliers may be missing the sale. (06.09.2006)
Report: Most B2B Web sites fail when it comes to selling. Even
though there is substantially more money to be made through
business-to-business Web sites compared to business-to-consumer Web
sites, most B2B sites offer a far worse user experience than consumer
sites, according to the San Francisco-based Nielsen Norman Group.
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