- E commerce is defined as business that takes place electronically, generally over the Internet.
An example of an e commerce store is Amazon.com.
Shopping online is e commerce.
E-commerce definition by Webster's New World
E-commerce definition by American Heritage Dictionary
e-commerce - Business Definition
e-commerce - Computer Definition
The use of the Internet for business transactions. See also Internet.
(Electronic-COMMERCE) Selling products online via the Web. Also called "e-business," "e-tailing" and "I-commerce." Although in most cases e-commerce and e-business are synonymous, e-commerce implies that goods can be purchased online, whereas e-business might be used as an umbrella term for a total presence on the Web, which would include the e-commerce shopping component. See shopping cart. E-commerce may also refer to electronic data interchange (see EDI), in which one company's computer queries the inventory and transmits purchase orders to another company's computer. See m-commerce, microcommerce and clicks and mortar.
The First "Electronic" CommerceIn 1886, a telegraph operator managed to obtain a shipment of watches that had been refused by the local jeweler. Using the telegraph, he sold all the watches to fellow operators and railroad employees and then ordered more. Within a short time, he made enough money to quit his job and start his own catalog mail order business. The young man's name was Richard Sears, who founded Sears, Roebuck and Co. in 1893.
e-commerce - Investment & Finance Definition
See electronic commerce.
Variant of e-commerce