in the past 30 years, great changes have taken place in the concept of e-commerce. Initially, e-commerce means the use of electronic means, business transactions will be simplified, often use technology including electronic data interchange (EDI) and electronic money transfer, these technologies are applied in the late 1970s. The typical application is to purchase orders and invoices and other business documents sent by electronic data.
e-commerce refers to the use of electronic technology and systems, and "business" refers to the traditional business model. E-commerce is defined as a set of processes that support business activities through the internet. In 70s and in the year of 80s, information technology entered e-commerce. In 80s, with a credit card, automatic teller machines and telephone banking is gradually accepted and application, these also become part of the electronic trade. In 90s, enterprise resource planning (ERP), data mining and data warehouse has become a part of e-commerce.
in the ".COM" era, electronic commerce to increase the part of "Internet trade" new customers, in the data encryption transmission technology, the use of online store virtual shopping cart and credit card payment in the form of electronic money, goods and services through the Internet purchase.
now, e-commerce covers a very wide range of commercial activities, from electronic banking to information logistics management. The growth of e-commerce to promote the development and progress of the support system, including the background support system, application system and middleware, such as broadband and fiber network, supply chain management module, material planning module, customer relationship management module, inventory control module and accounting / financial module.
when the Internet entered the public eye in 1994, many journalists and scholars predict that electronic commerce will soon become the main business application model. However, it took four years for security protocols (such as HTTPS) to mature enough to get a wide range of applications. Then, between 1998 and 2000, a large number of Companies in the United States and Western Europe developed many immature sites.
although the number of "pure e-commerce company" disappeared in 2000 and 2001 ".COM" recession, there are still many traditional "cement bricks" retail enterprises to realize these ".COM" company revealed the potential value of the market space, to will increase the electronic commerce function to the website. For example, after the collapse of online food sales company Webvan, the two traditional supermarket chains Albertsons and Safeway have started a subsidiary of e-commerce features, consumers can directly order food online.