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History of e-commerce

The first commercial e-commerce transaction is generally considered to have taken place in 1994, when a man named Mike Olson purchased a CD from a company called NetMarket. However, it wasn't until the early 2000s that e-commerce really began to take off, thanks to the rise of broadband internet and the development of more user-friendly online shopping platforms. Today, e-commerce is a multi-trillion dollar industry that is growing rapidly every year.
Here are some of the key events that helped to shape the early years of e-commerce:
  1. 1994: NetMarket becomes the first company to sell a product online.
  2. 1995: Amazon.com is founded.
  3. 1996: eBay is founded.
  4. 1997: Yahoo! launches its online shopping mall.
  5. 1998: PayPal is founded.
  6. 1999: Google launches its shopping search engine.

These early pioneers helped to lay the foundation for the e-commerce industry as we know it today. Thanks to their efforts, it is now possible for anyone with a computer or smartphone to shop from the comfort of their own home.
ecommerce is the buying and selling of products or services by means of the Internet. For many Americans, ecommerce is something we participate in on a daily basis, like online bill payment or purchasing from an ecommerce store.
Nowadays the thought of living without ecommerce seems unrealistic, complicated and an inconvenience to many. It was not until only a few decades ago that the idea of ecommerce had even appeared.
Ecommerce was introduced 40 years ago and continues to grow with new technologies, innovations, and thousands of businesses entering the online market each year. The convenience, safety, and user experience of ecommerce has improved since its inception during the 1970's.

Early Beginnings

Paving the way for electric commerce was the development of the (EDI) Electronic Data Interchange . EDI replaced traditional mailing and faxing of documents with a digital transfer of data from one computer to another. Trading partners could transfer orders, invoices and other business transactions using a data format.
Once an order is sent, it is then examined by a (VAN) Value-Added Network and finally directed to the recipient's order processing system. EDI allowed the transfer of data seamlessly without any human intervention.
Michael Aldrich, an English inventor and entrepreneur is credited with developing the predecessor to online shopping. The idea came about during a stroll with his wife when Aldrich lamented about their weekly supermarket shopping expedition. This conversation sparked an idea to hook a television to their supermarket to deliver the groceries. Immediately after the discussion Aldrich quickly planned and implemented his idea.

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