Globalization IssuesBecause the Internet connects computers all over the world, any business that engages in electronic commerce instantly becomes an international business. When companies use the Web to expand within the business market, they are automatically forced into operating in a global environment. Some of the issues that a company may face when it conducts business through international commerce are trust issues between different environments, culture differences, and language barriers.
Trust IssuesIt is important for Staples to establish trusting relationships with their international customers in order to be successful. Companies need to establish a good reputation throughout the world. They begin creating trust by ensuring that customers know who they are and that they are dependable and deliver what is expected of them as a company. Most businesses usually rely on their established brand names, and dedication to customer satisfaction in order to build a trusting environment on the Web.
Other ways to develop trust include contributing to the community in some way and providing a partnership with that community or country.
Culture IssuesAn important element of business trust is anticipating how the other party to a transaction will act in specific circumstances. Staples must be aware of the differences in language and customs that make up the culture of any region in which they intend to do business. Some cultures take offense to things that other countries may find harmless for example; if advertising milk in India one would refrain from utilizing any comical pictures of cow's because it is offensive to that cultural environment. Web designers must be sure to investigate all avenues of each project to ensure they are not creating an offensive or unattractive web page. Each web page should be acceptable for anyone throughout the world who will be utilizing it.
Language IssuesStaples must realize...