What is e-commerce? When you search Google you will find a long list of explanations and different definitions.
E-commerce or ecommerce or electronic commerce or internet commerce refers to the buying and selling of goods or services using the internet, and the transfer of money and data to execute these transactions.
E-commerce – commercial transactions conducted electronically on the Internet.
In Cambridge Dictionary, e-commerce is: the business of buying and selling goods and services on the internet.
Dictionary.com says: e-commerce is – business that is transacted by transferring data electronically, especially over the Internet.
E-commerce not only refers to selling physical products online, but can also describe any kind of commercial transaction that is facilitated through the internet.
The definition of e-commerce in Wikipedia: E-commerce is the activity of buying or selling of products on online services or over the Internet. Electronic commerce draws on technologies such as mobile commerce, electronic funds transfer, supply chain management, Internet marketing, online transaction processing, electronic data interchange (EDI), inventory management systems, and automated data collection systems.
Which one is correct – ecommerce or e-commerce?
Let’s search the Google. Looks like there are different variations of the spelling and I have seen all of them: e-commerce, E-commerce , E-Commerce, ecommerce, Ecommerce, eCommerce…
People don’t seem to check what the correct spelling is before starting writing a blog post or an article.
So, what does the dictionary say?
The correct spelling for electronic commerce is almost always hyphenated, in the beginning of the sentence or in the titles it is capitalised – either E-commerce or E-Commerce, and in the sentence e-commerce.
Because it is easier and quicker to type ecommerce than e-commerce, ecommerce can be found in search engines; but E-commerce is searched far more than ecommerce.
The only non-hyphenated alternative seems to be eCommerce.
The only variation which is entirely incorrect is ECommerce.
What is the difference between e-business and e-commerce?
Here is a very good explanation found on the Internet – E-business refers to all aspects of operating an online business, e-commerce refers specifically to the transaction of goods and services.
Description in Wikipedia: Online Business or e-business is any kind of business or commercial transaction that includes sharing information across the internet. Commerce constitutes the exchange of products and services between businesses, groups and individuals and can be seen as one of the essential activities of any business.
Though, Collins Dictionary says that both of the words are pretty much the same: An e-business (a noun) is a business which uses the internet to sell goods or services, especially one which does not also have shops or offices that people can visit or phone. E-business is the buying, selling, and ordering of goods and services using the internet.