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Starting An Ecommerce Business
The concept of e-commerce is fast becoming a huge advantage for both the vendor and consumer in today’s fast moving and wired world. For many businesses, e-commerce is fast becoming the only option, as companies become more and more driven to expand their company operations online. Additionally E-commerce has several benefits and advantages not found in your typical brick and mortar location, and therefore, explains why so many businesses are flocking to get online. E-commerce offers the ability to expand into global markets with a minimum of expense, and allow firms to reach narrow market segments that are geographically scattered. Since the Internet is a very cost effective medium of delivery, the biggest advantage of online ecommerce is its cost efficiency. And here’s why: Ecommerce decreases the cost of creating, processing, distributing, storing and retrieving paper-based information.
High mailing and printing costs are also lowered or, in many cases, completely eliminated as the buyer most often pays for the shipping of the products that they buy. The cost of marketing of promotional material also drops dramatically, meaning that most companies see is the increase in sales e-commerce brings, and increased sales typically mean increased profits as well. Still another advantage of moving your business online is that it allows you the flexibility to target market segmentation, which in turn allows companies to focus on a select group of customers, thus having a competitive advantage in giving them what they want and satisfying unique needs. This benefit ties in with the advantage of ‘customer customization,” in which the concept of ‘built-to-order’, allowing for inexpensive customization of products and services and provides a competitive advantage for companies who adapt this strategy. Doing business online also has the advantage of removing barriers of global trading due to the fact that the Internet is a zero-cost delivery channel, and thus, many products and services, which are generally delivered as a physical object or service, are now delivered virtually in the form of data.
This removes barriers such as time, distance and of course cost. E-commerce marketing also allow for real-time communications and the interchange of data in the supply chain, making the supply chain more effective. By having better visibility across the supply chain, company inventory levels can be reduced, as supplies are more predictable. With lower inventory levels, costs can once again be automatically be decreased. Lastly, this sort of ecommerce also allows information to flow freely between cooperating businesses, making it easier and simpler for organizations to share information. The cost savings and efficiencies from sharing and economies of scale can have a profound effect on the profitability of any online business. As a result this has lead to the development of collaborative working practices around the world, as collaborating businesses manage, share, and enhance project work regardless of location. It is important to consider, however, that buyers or customers also benefit from doing their buying online. As sales opportunities expand for the vendor, they also increase the buying opportunities and power for the buyer. It’s a win / win for all involved.
Many buyers choose to shop online as it provides them with an almost unlimited variety of choices from many different products and services from a wider variety of sellers. Consumers also benefit from less expensive products and services as e-commerce allows customers to shop the convenience to shop from any location and at any given time of the day.
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