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Technology, globalization, and market deregulation are the most influential forces reshaping the world economy. Specifically, digitalization, connectivity, customization, customerization, and industry convergence are the drivers of this new economy. The Internet or "information highway" is able to dispatch bits of information at incredible speeds from one location to another. New technology has led thousands of new entrepreneurs to launch "dot-com" companies with the hopes of striking gold. The first movers in e-commerce experiencing unmeasurable success and recognition such as AOL, Amazon, Yahoo, ebay, Etrade, and others put enormous pressure on the already established brick and mortar companies that had thrived. Music and bookstores, travel agents, and car dealers all fear for the future as the e-commerce boom continues to grow.

As the shift from the old economy to the new economy continues, a new set of beliefs and practices is emerging. It is clear that more focus is going to the customer's needs and desires.

In the past it was evident that the financial score card was a benchmark for evaluation, but with the new economy, it is the marketing scorecard to be more focused upon. As a marketing venture to gain more exposure in the industry or industries of choice and to provide a customer oriented interface moves forward, more and more companies have chosen to indulge in e-commerce as a platform to conduct business.

E-commerce describes the use of electronic means to conduct a company's business. In addition to providing company information, history, policies, products, and job opportunities, the company offers to transact or facilitate the selling of products and services online. "E-commerce takes place over four major Internet domains: B2C (business to consumer), B2B (business to business), C2C (consumer to consumer), and C2B (consumer to business)."

Business to consumer is perhaps the most recognized form of...