E-Commerce and the New Economy Essay

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E-Commerce and the New Economy

The web has transformed our global economy. It is a powerful tool that has changed the way we produce, market and distribute goods and services. Finances and culture have been altered. New styles of commerce have developed. For example, a business call placed in North America could be handled by a technical expert in Asia as business is conducted internationally as well as transnationally. The purpose of this essay is to examine the issues, challenges and opportunities related to commerce in the “new economy”.

The internet became popular in 1995. It creates many opportunities in different kind of industries. Ecommerce is one of the successful examples of buying and selling on the web. It is like a
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Online business is further developed, because sellers can keep track of what is important to sellers, and sellers can discuss concerns with buyers (Charles Steinfield). They can keep improving their services and quality of the products. This is both benefits to these two parties.

However, there are some challenges that online business has to face. Although internet is now an indispensable tool in developed countries and wealthy family, yet many people who live in underdeveloped nations have no access to internet. This disparity limits the expansion of online business because online purchasing seems like a superior knickknack, only designed for rich people.

Another challenge that affects firms directly is the web measurement problem and maintenance of their sites (Donna L Hoffman, Thomas P Novak and Patrali Chatterjee). It is hard to estimate how many people will visit the site, even after a survey has been done. The actual number of people who visit the website is still not determinable. As a result, it is a hard job for the firms to make the investment decisions. As it has been mentioned at the beginning of this essay, the set up cost for an online business is low; however, the maintenance cost is always high. Firms have to hire somebody to keep track on the web to make sure everything is running fine (Donna L Hoffman, Thomas P Novak and Patrali Chatterjee). If there are