Internet :: e-commerce
E-commerce is simply doing business online. This occurs in many forms, from a simple request for a quote to full-blown dynamically-generated shopping, payment, and fulfillment solutions. Each website can have a program tailored to suit the specific industry, line of products, and customer needs. In its simplest form, e-commerce is web-enabling companies; either taking all of the company's offline functions and processes and pointing them to the Internet or creating a new online entity with all the characteristics, functions and processes that their brick-and-mortar competitors have.
While each industry and individual company is moving toward online e-commerce at its own pace, collectively we are all moving toward that future reality that dictates the Internet be integrated, institutionalized and accommodated. The Internet is being mainstreamed in both the business world and our personal lives. People and companies adapt or become less relevant.