In these days, the world has entered a new generation-digital generation.

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1 -- Introduction

In these days, the world has entered a new generation-digital generation. Internet Commerce (E-Business) has grown so fast, and more and more companies have joined Internet commerce for their transaction by the technology and Internet great development. E-commerce can be formally defined as.... Technology-mediated exchanges between parties (individuals, organizations, or both) as well as the electronically based intra- or interorganizational activities that facilitate such exchanges (R. Jeffrey F & J. Bernard J, 2001).

1.1 reasons for popular

There are several reasons make Internet commerce becoming popular in business.

A low entry cost compared to other strategies is obvious advantage for business.

A web page does not need to cost more than a few hundred dollars per annum.

Of course, the payback period of Internet commerce is also very fast.

It can continually work 24 hours per day.

Communications with customers, supplies and staff can be greatly facilitated by the use of Web pages, e-mail and now even more advanced systems integration replacing traditional electronic data interchange (EDI) (A practical guide, 1999).

Orders can be placed and accepted electronically, and an immediate payment can be made.

In some businesses the product or service can be delivered over the network. More business opportunities will be obtained because of the business can face to global customers and clients through the Internet. A lot of companies have added new business type of which is e-commerce, so that expand their business opportunities and gain more profits.

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