In today's business world, competition is high and most organizations search for ways to gain an advantage in their respective markets. One way to improve profits is to offer products via the Internet. This allows for an expanded market of potential customers and broadens brands and products. If a company is offering these products outside of the United States, the business must understand and follow the international laws that accompany this type of market. A company must also understand the specific legalities that accompany online and international products and services. This paper will discuss legal issues that may arise when conducting e-business, conducting international business and finding possible solutions.
Riordan Manufacturing is a global plastics manufacturer employing 550 people with projected annual earnings of $46 million. The company is wholly owned by Riordan Industries, a Fortune 1000 enterprise with revenues in excess of $1 billion. Its products include plastic beverage containers produced at its plant in Albany, Georgia, custom plastic parts produced at its plant in Pontiac, Michigan, and plastic fan parts produced at its facility in Hangzhou, China (University of Phoenix, 2006).
Since the future marketing plan includes expanded sales to new customers, utilizing the Internet for product sales is one way to accomplish this. With the growth of this marketing plan and conducting business outside of the United States, certain legal issues may arise. Knowing what those legal issues may be and possible solutions will help to ensure that the company remains successful.
Since the popularity of the Internet, selling products and services through this portal has become popular. This has created unique legal issues that must be addressed. One common way of paying for purchases via the Internet is by check or credit card. If an individual physically walks into a store and purchases products and uses...