What Are the Different Elements of E-C Applications?

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Q.2 a. What are the different elements of E-C applications? [5 Marks] E-commerce business applications abound the market. Across the Internet, there are numerous businesses and service providers that are rolling out and offering e-commerce business applications to different users. Because the Internet is a venue where suppliers and distributors are meeting to conduct business transactions, e-commerce business applications are aimed at both suppliers and consumers.

•For suppliers

Business-to-business transactions are facilitated online. B2B transactions, as they are called, comprise of activities between two businesses. The most usual players are suppliers and distributors, who are the main players in B2B setups. E-commerce business applications were primarily and initially developed, designed and made for such business players.

Suppliers are the firms that develop, manufacture and produce goods and services. They come out with products that are to be rolled up and sold across the market. Distributors serve as the intermediaries between suppliers and the end consumers. Distributors have the resources and the ability to connect and interact with end consumers for actual sales and purchase transactions of goods and services. Thus, suppliers and distributors need to operate conveniently, accurately and effectively. That is where e-commerce business applications should set in.

E-commerce business applications are specific computer programs and actions that are designed facilitate smoother flow of trades between the two. As always, there is a need to make sure suppliers and distributors are connected and are regularly coordinated. Different e-commerce business applications are designed and made to cater to the varied needs and requirements of both suppliers and distributors.

•For end consumers

If e-commerce business applications are useful for suppliers and distributors, they are also very useful when consumers are involved. In businesses,...
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