E-commerce is a business activity by using microcomputer technology and network communication technology. Governments, scholars, and business people have given many different definitions that depending on their position and extent of participation in e-commerce. E-commerce has different definitions even in different countries or different fields, but the key is still the business model what based on electronic equipment and network technology. With the rapid development of e-commerce, it not only includes the main connotation of its shopping, but services such as logistics and distribution should also be included. E-commerce includes electronic currency exchange, supply chain management, electronic trading markets, online marketing, online transaction processing, electronic data interchange(EDI), inventory management, and automated data collection systems. In the process, the information technology used includes: Internet, extranet, email, database, electronic catalog and mobile phone. As I know, the biggest B2B platform for steel in China is Sinosources.
Four elements: shopping mall, consumer, product, logistics.
- Buying and selling: All major online platforms provide consumers with high quality and low price products, attracting consumers to purchase and prompting more merchants to settle in.
- Cooperation: Establishing cooperative relationships with logistics companies to provide final guarantee for consumers’ purchasing behavior, which is one of the hard conditions for e-commerce operations.
- Service: One of the three elements of e-commerce is to provide purchasing services for consumers to achieve another transaction.
The formation of e-commerce are inseparable in the following four aspects:
Firstly, the trading platform
A third-party e-commerce platform refers to the sum of information network systems that provide transaction matching and related services for two or more parties in an e-commerce activity;
Secondly, the platform operator
The third-party trading platform operator refers to natural persons, legal persons and other organizations that are registered in the administrative department for industry and receive business licenses, engage in the operation of third-party trading platforms and provide services to the transaction;
Thirdly, the station operators
The third-party trading platform operator (hereinafter referred to as the station operator) refers to natural persons, legal persons and other organizations engaged in trading and related service activities on the e-commerce trading platform.
Fourthly, the payment system
The Payment System is a financial arrangement consisting of an intermediary that provides payment and a professional technical, it means to realize payment instruction transfer and fund clearing. It is used to realize the settlement of creditor’s rights, debts and the transfer of funds. Sometimes it is also called liquidation System.
The conveniences of E-commerce brings us
Our lives have also improved. People have become more and more lazy. The impact of e-commerce on us is particularly great, but it also brings convenience to our lives.
Firstly: Changed our life style. Compare to go far away to buy things, now as long as a mobile phone can buy what you want, you do not have to go shop.
Secondly: It provides convenience for businessmen. The traditional thing is that businessmen are going to drive to the market to sell, and they have to get up very early to get a good position, but now since the e-commerce appears, businessmen can put their goods directly on a platform, the price of the product’s picture can also be negotiated. This saves a lot of time for businessmen.