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1 CHAPTER 6 Electronic Commerce 6-1

2 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-2 Learning Objectives Describe electronic commerce, its dimensions, benefits, limitations, and process. Describe the major applications of electronic commerce, both business-to-customer and business-to-business. Discuss the importance and activities of market research and customer service. Describe the electronic commerce infrastructure and EDI. Compare the various payment systems and describe the role of smart cards. Describe the relationship between EC, supply chain management, ERP, and EDI. Discuss legal and ethical issues related to e-commerce.

3 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-3 Intel Corporation Embracing the Web The Problem –slow, expensive, and frequently not up to date distribution and communication process The Solution –established an e-business program using an extranet The Results –enhances competitive advantage by giving Intels customers better tools for managing transactions –brings substantial tangible savings

4 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-4 Toshibas Extranet Keeps Dealers on Time The Problem –dealers needed parts quickly The Solution –created a Web-based ordering entry system using an extranet The Results –reduces the cost per order –reduces the networking cost of the Electronic Imaging Division (EID) –increases customer satisfaction

5 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-5 Foundations of Electronic Commerce (EC) In EC, business transactions take place via telecommunications networks, primarily the Internet Marketspace is an electronic market place E-business (or e-biz) refers to a broader definition of EC, not just buying and selling, but also servicing customers, collaborating with business partners, and conducting electronic transactions within an organization

6 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-6 A Framework for EC Electronic Commerce Applications Direct Marketing Stocks, Jobs On-line banking Procurement and purchasing Malls Procurement Auctions Travel On-line publishing Customer Services Intrabusiness Transactions People: Buyers, Sellers, Intermediaries, Services, IS People and Management Public Policy : Taxes, Legal, Privacy Issues, Regulations, and Technical Standards Marketing and Advertisement: Market Research, Promotions, and Web content Supply Chain: Logistics and Business Partners Infrastructure (1) Common business services infrastructure (security, smart cards/authentication electronic payments, directories/catalogs (2) Messaging and information distribution infrastructure (EDI, e-mail, Hyper Text Transfer Protocol, Chat Rooms) (3) Multimedia content and network publishing infrastructure (HTML, JAVA, World Wide Web, VRML) (4) Network infrastructure (Telecom, cable TV wireless, Internet) (VAN, WAN, LAN, Intranet, Extranet) Access (cell phones) (5) Interfacing infrastructure (The databases, logistics, customers, and applications) Management

7 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-7 Electronic Markets The business center is not a physical building but a network-based location where business interactions occur The principal participants - transaction handlers, buyers, brokers, and sellers - not only are at different locations but seldom even know one another

8 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-8 Interorganizational Information System (IOS) Drivers of Interorganizational Systems –Reducing costs –Improving the quality of information –Compressing cycle time –Eliminating paper –Making the trading process easy for users Types of Interorganizational Systems –Electronic data interchange (EDI) –Electronic funds transfer (EFT) –Extranets –Integrated messaging –Shared databases

9 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-9 Benefits of EC to Organizations Decreasing information costs Reduced inventories Reduced cycle time Supports BPR Lowers telecommunication costs

10 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-10 Benefits of EC to Consumers More choice Less expensive products Quick delivery 24-hour availability Quick access to information Customized product at competitive prices Virtual auctions Interact with other EC customers

11 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-11 Benefits of EC to Society Lower air pollution Increase standard of living Enjoy products and services in third-world Facilitate delivery of public services

12 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-12 Limitations of EC Technical Lack of security Insufficient telecommunication bandwidth Software tools still evolving Integration of internet and EC software Special Web servers Interoperability of software and hardware

13 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-13 Limitations of EC Nontechnical Accessibility Legal issues Government regulations Difficult to measure benefits EC still evolving Customers resist change

14 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-14 Limitations Nontechnical Insufficient support services Perception that EC is expensive and insecure EC has not obtained a critical mass of sellers and customers EC - breakdown of human relationships

15 The network organization: How a company uses the Internet, and internet and extranet Head Quarter Retail Stores Employees Manufacturing Toys Inc Corporate Intranet EDI, VAN Corporate Extranet Internet Public Travel agency Small customers Small retailers Small vendors Government Non-Company Manufacturers Customers Sales peoples and other mobile employees Distributors Market Non-Company Retailers Suppliers (Purchasing) Liquidateors contractors Toy Industry Extranet Other Extranets Banks and other business partners Professional Associations, large suppliers, competitors

16 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-16 Interactive One-to-One Marketing A firm must be able to change how its products are configured or its services is delivered, based on the needs of individual customers Treat Different Customers Differently

17 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-17 The New Marketing Model Relationship Building Customer receives marketing exposure Customer decides on marketing medium for response Customer makes purchase decision Detailed transaction/ behavior data collection New media chosen to best serve/reach customer Four PS updated uniquely to customer Customer profiled based on behavior; custom segmentation developed Database Update

18 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-18 Electronic Retailing Electronic retailing is the direct sale (B2C) through electronic storefronts or in electronic malls, usually designed around an electronic catalog format Electronic storefronts maintain their own Internet name and a Web site and may or may not be associated with electronic malls.

19 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-19 Electronic Malls (Cybermalls) Electronic mall is a collection of individual shops under one Internet address. Electronic mall provide a one-stop shopping place that offers many products and services. Representative cybermalls –Downtown Anywhere ( –Americas Choice Mall ( –Shopping 2000 (

20 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-20 Advertising Online Why Internet advertisement? –Ads can be updated any time with a minimal cost, so they can always be timely –Ads can reach very large numbers of potential buyers all over the world –Online ads are frequently cheaper –Web ads can efficiently use text, audio, graphics, and animation –The audience for Internet advertisement is growing –Web ads can be interactive and targeted to specific interest groups and/or individuals –Customers can move easily and quickly from viewing an ad to getting details and to ordering

21 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-21 Banner Advertisement Keyword banners –appear when a predetermined word is queried target Random banners –appear randomly

22 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-22 Benefits ( ) and Shortcoming( ) of Internet Advertisement 24 hours a day, 365 days a year Large market segmentation opportunity One-to-one direct marketing More attractive and compelling ads Low distribution costs Always up-to-day Ease of logical navigation No clear standard or language Immature measurement tools and metrics Apples-to-apples comparisons difficult for media buyers Difficult to measure size of market Small audience

23 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-23 E-mail Advertisement E-mail advertisement send advertisement material to potential buyers E-mail advertisement offers cost-effective implementation and a better and quicker response rate than other advertisement channels Marketers develop or purchase a list of e- mail addresses, place them in a database, and then send ads to them via e-mail

24 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-24 URL Advertisement URL - universal resource locator It is free Any company can submit its URL to a search engine and be listed The targeted audience can be locked and uninterested viewers can be filtered The chance to be placed at the top of the list is low

25 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-25 Online Advertisement Issues Customizing Ads –Filtering the irrelevant information by providing customized ads can be beneficial to customers and advertisers alike –Push technology - When a user establishes his/her system, the user selects the type of desired information. The user then gets the information he or she wants, but at the same time also gets banner ads.

26 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-26 Online Advertisement Issues Difficulties in measuring the effectiveness of advertisements –difficult to relate sales to the number of hits –it is inadequate to use the gross number of visits as a possible measure of effectiveness –no guarantee that a purchase will be made –offline purchasing may be the results of online advertisement

27 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-27 Online Advertisement Issues Attracting visitors to a site –Online events and promotions Contests Quizzes Coupons Give-away samples

28 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-28 Intelligent Agents in EC and Retailing To help users to conduct routine tasks To help users to search and retrieve information To help users to support decision marking To help users to act as consulting experts

29 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-29 Intelligent Agents for Information Search and Filtering Product broker use collaborative filtering process –use like-minded people to make recommendations –alerts users to new product releases or recommends products based on past selections or requirements specified by the buyer

30 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-30 Electronic Catalogs Advertise and promote products and services, whereas customers use them as a source of information on products and services Consists of product database, directory, search capability, and a presentation function Dynamic, customized, and integrated with selling and buying procedures such as order taking and payment

31 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-31 Benefits( ) and Shortcoming ( ) of Online Catalog Easy to update Able to integrate with the purchasing process Good search and comparison capabilities Able to provide up-to-date information Provision for global range of information Possibility of adding voice and motion pictures Cost savings Easy to customize More comparative shopping Ease of connecting order processing, inventory processing, and payment processing to the system Large fixed cost Need for customer skill to deal with computers and browsers

32 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-32 Customized Catalogs Assembled specifically for a company, usually a customer of the catalog owner Tailored to individuals consumers in certain cases Two approaches –to let the customers identify the interesting items out of the total catalogs –to let the system automatically identify the characteristics of customers, based on their transaction records, and build a catalog accordingly

33 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-33 Disintermediation and Reintermediation Disintermediation –by using the Internet, manufacturers can sell directly to customers and provide customer support online –the traditional intermediaries are eliminated Reintermediation –traditional intermediaries like retailers and department stores have initiated online stores –new electronic intermediaries - e-mail and product selection agents - are emerging

34 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-34 Impact of EC on Manufacturers Distribution Strategy Manufacturers monopolistic Internet-based distribution Coexistence with the dealers Regionally mixed strategy Restraint of competition by powerful distributors

35 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-35 Cyberbanking Includes all major banking activities, from paying bills to securing a loan, conducted from home, a business, or on the road instead of at a physical bank location Saves time and is convenient for customers

36 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-36 The Future of Banking Customers agents –offers customers the widest possible choice of banking products from multiple outside sources –provide customers with information-integrated services Product manufacturers –a branded or unbranded wholesaler of product and processing services to other banks Integrated players

37 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-37 Personal Finance Bill paying and electronic check writing Tracking bank accounts, expenditures, and credit cards Budget organization Record keeping of cash flow and profit and loss computations Portfolio management, including reports and capital gains (losses) computations Investment tracking and monitoring of securities Quotes and tradelines, historical and current prices Tax computations Retirement goals, planning, and budgeting

38 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-38 Paying Bills Online Automatic payment of mortgages Automatic transfer of funds to pay monthly utility bills Paying bills from online banking account Merchant-to-customer direct billing Using an intermediary

39 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-39 Online Investment Trading Includes stocks and bonds, financial derivatives, commodities, mutual funds, and more Less expensive No waiting on busy telephone lines, and the chance of making mistakes Anywhere, anytime Considerable amount of information

40 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-40 Investment Information Municipal bond pricing Overall market information and many links Free gurus advice Stock screening and evaluation Articles from the journal of the American Association of Individual Investors Chart lovers have many options Mutual fund evaluation and other interesting investment information Earning estimates Current news

41 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-41 The Job Market Online The participants in the job market –Job seekers : reply to employment ads posted online; take the initiative and place resumes on their own resumes –Job offerers : advertise openings on their Web sites –Recruiting firms : post available job descriptions and advertise their services in electronic mail and in others Web sites –Newsgroups : able to post job; conduct discussions; and send resumes

42 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-42 Advantages For Job Seekers Ability to find information on a large number of jobs and employing companies worldwide Ability to quickly communicate with potential employers Ability to write and post resumes for large-volume distribution Ability to customize resumes quickly and at no cost Ability to search for jobs quickly from any place at any time Several support services available at no cost Ability to learn how to use your voice in interview

43 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-43 Advantages For Employers Ability to advertise to a large number of job seekers Ability to save on advertisement costs Ability to post job openings quickly Lower cost of processing applications Ability to provide greater equal opportunity for job seekers Ability to find highly skilled employees

44 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-44 Limitations of the Electronic Job Market Many people do not use the Internet Security and privacy Creating high and expensive turnover Information overload

45 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-45 Travel and Tourism Potential savings through special sales, auctions, and the elimination of travel agents Online services by all major airline vacation services, large conventional travel agencies, car rental agencies, hotels, and tour companies

46 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-46 Real Estate Consumers can view many properties on the screen, saving time for themselves and the brokers Consumers can sort and organize properties according to their criteria and preview the exterior and interior designs of the properties, shortening the search process Consumers can find detailed information about the properties and frequently get even more details than brokers usually provide Homebuilders can use virtual reality technology on their Web sites to demonstrate three-dimensional floor plans to potential home buyers

47 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-47 Auctions, Bidding,and Bartering Auctions –specialized auction sites; auction cars; art auctions; airline tickets Bidding –special type of auction (Reverse auction) Bartering –the exchange of goods and/or services

48 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-48 B2B Business Models Seller-Oriented Marketspace (e-selling) –the buyer is an organization that may be a regular customer of the seller –EC is used in the seller-oriented model to increase sales, reduce selling and advertisement expenditures, increase delivery speed, and reduce administrative cost

49 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-49 B2B Business Models Buyer-Oriented Marketspace (e-procurement and bidding) –involves placing a request for quotation (RFQ) on the buyers Web site, or in a bidding marketspace Intermediaries in Electronic Commerce (exchange) –make markets –make money, improve service for customers, reduce search time of its own staff

50 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-50 B2B Business Models Buyers Internal Marketplace (aggregation) –company buys large number of supply items from many vendors –items purchased are listed in the companys catalog –purchasers at various company offices around the world now view the catalog, select, electronically place orders, and pay with a company procurement card

51 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-51 B2B Business Models Business-to-Business Auctions –to use the organizations own Web site or use an auction site of an intermediary –benefits of auctions generating revenue increasing page views acquiring and retaining members

52 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-52 B2B Business Models Type of B2B Auctions –Independent auctions use a third-party auctioneer to create the site and sell the goods –Commodity auctions many buyers and sellers come together to a third-party Web site –Private auctions by invitation only several companies bypass the intermediaries and auction their products by themselves –Auction at the company web site company build an auction capability on their web site

53 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-53 Intrabusiness Commerce on Intranets Intrabusiness EC is electronic commerce within companies Intranet uses Internet-based technology, including browsers and search engines, to provide access to a variety of information within a firm

54 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-54 The Extranets and Whole Industry Vertical Markets Extranet is a network that links business partners to one another over the Internet by tying together their corporate intranets Goal is to foster collaboration between organizations Vertical market-in one industry only

55 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-55 Consumers and Their Behaviors Mostly 15- to 35-years-old Males and females Married and highly educated Working in educational institutions, computer industry, professions, and organizations High household incomes

56 Models of Market Research Decision Making Process Personal Characteristics Age, Gender, Ethnicity, Education, Lifestyle, Psychological, Knowledge, Values, Personality Environmental Characteristics Social, Family, Communities Vendors Controlled Systems Logistic Support Payments, Delivery Technical Support Web Design, Intelligent Agents Customer Service FAQs, E-mail, Call Centers, One-to-One Buyers Decisions Buy or Not What to Buy Where (Vendor) When How Much to Spend Repeat Purchases Stimuli Marketing Price Promotion Product Quality Others Economical Technology Political Cultural IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban

57 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-57 How to Find out What Customers Want? Asking customers what they want –ask potential customers to fill in electronic questionnaires Tracking customers activities on the Web –based on cookies or other approaches –data such as where customers come from or how many customer have gone straight from the home page to ordering

58 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-58 Process of Conducting the Research Define the target market Identify newsgroups to study Identify topics for discussion Subscribe to the pertinent groups Search discussion group topic and content lists to find target market Search e-mail discussion group lists Subscribe to filtering services that monitor groups Read FAQs and other instructions

59 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-59 Intelligent Agents for Product and Vendor Findings Helps consumers decide where to buy by comparing merchants offers Jango originates the requests for the price form the customers site instead of Jangos site In Kasbah, users who want to sell or buy a product assign the task to an agent that is then sent out to proactively seek buyers or sellers

60 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-60 Negotiation Agents Intelligent agents negotiate the price and other terms of the transactions for consumers Intelligent agents can take away some of the real-world problems associated with negotiation such as the frustration some customers experience in the process, and the technical limitations of being physically in different locations

61 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-61 Customer Services The process of customer service –Phase 1 : Requirements assisting the customer to determine needs –Phase 2 : Acquisition helping customer to acquire a product or service –Phase 3 : Ownership supporting customer on an ongoing basis –Phase 4 : Retirement helping client to dispose of a service or product

62 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-62 Business to Consumer (B2C) Applications Advertising, online publishing and push technology Cyber banking, personal finance and stock trading Job market, auctions, bids and bartering Travel and real estate Electronic retailing and malls

63 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-63 Facilitating Customer Service Personalized Web pages A chat room E-mail FAQs Tracking capabilities Web-based call centers

64 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban Electronic Commerce Infrastructure COMPONENTDESCRIPTION AND ISSUES Networks A shift from VANs to the Internet. Increased use of VPNs (virtual private networks) to enhance security and capabilities over the Internet. Web severs Special Web servers are usually superior to dual-purpose servers. Available for rent. The interface to legacy systems may be a problem Web server support and software 1. Web site activity tracking. 2. Database connectivity. 3. Software for creating electronic forms. 4. Software for creating chat rooms and discussion groups. Electronic catalogs Product description, multimedia use, customized catalogs, inclusion in Web site design and construction, templates for construction. Web page design and construction software Web programming languages (HTML, JAVA, VRML, XML) Transactional software 1. Search engines for finding and comparing, products. 2. Negotiating software. 3. Encryption and payment. 4. Ordering (front office) inventory and back office software. Internet access components TCP/IP package, Web browsers, remote access server, client dial-in software, Internet connection device, leased line connection, connection to leased line, Internet kiosks Others Firewalls, e-mail, HTTP (transfer protocols), smart cards

65 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-65 Electronic Data Interchange Business transactions messages –electronically transfer repetitive business transactions Data formatting standards –use some formatting (coding) standards EDI translators –does the conversion of data into standard format Private lines versus the Internet –problem of compatibility of EDI –Internet-based EDI

66 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-66 Benefits of EDI Send and receive large amounts of routine transaction information quickly around the globe Very few errors Information flow among several trading partners consistently and freely Access partners databases to retrieve and store standard transactions Fosters true partnership relationships Creates a complete paperless TPS environment Shorten payment collection cycle Enter data offline Use data immediately Deliver Sales information in real time Save a considerable amount of money

67 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-67 Reasons to Create EDI Ability over the Internet Few geographical constraints Reach the widest possible number of trading partners of any viable alternative currently available Seedbed for growth of a vast range of business applications Cut EDI communication coasts Complement or replace current EDI application Very user-friendly

68 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-68 Limitations of Traditional Payment Instruments in EC Cash cannot be used since there is no face-to-face contact It takes time to be received by mail It takes time to process the credit card number provided by phone or fax Some buyers do not have credit cards or checking accounts

69 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-69 Security Requirements Authentification : be assured of the identity of the party with whom they are dealing Privacy : want identity to be secured Integrity : data and information transmitted are not accidentally or maliciously altered or destroyed Non-repudiation : protection against unjustifiable denial of placing an order or payments made Safety : ensure it is safe to provide a credit card number on the Internet

70 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-70 Encryption Single-key (Symmetric) encryption –The sender of the message encrypts the information with a key and the receiver used an identical key to decrypt the information to a readable form Public/Private key system –Several authorized people may know the public key, while only its owner knows the private key –encryption and decryption can be done with either key Sophisticated systems use both keys

71 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-71 Electronic Certificates Issued by a trusted third party - certificate authority (CA) Verify that a specific public key belongs to specific individual A higher certificate authority that guarantees certifiers is the Post Office in many countries

72 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-72 Protocols A protocols is a set of rules and procedures that govern the transfer of information on the Internet Secure Socket Layer (SSL) –encrypt messages Secure Electronic Transaction Protocol (SET) –incorporate digital signatures, certification, encryption, and an agreed-upon payment gateway

73 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-73 Electronic Credit Cards Payments using unencrypted credit card –the buyer e-mail his or her credit card number to the seller on the Internet Encrypted payments –Using SSL encryption, credit card details are encrypted for security High level of security and privacy –Using the SET protocol or a third-party intermediation, very high level of security, integrity and privacy will be given

74 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-74 Electronic Checks STEP 1 : the customer establishes a checking account with a bank STEP 2 : the customer contacts sellers, buys a product or service, and e-mails an encrypted electronic check signed with a digital signature and two certificates, one for the bank, one for the buyer STEP 3 : the merchant deposits the check in his or her account; money is debited in the buyers account and credited to the sellers account

75 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-75 Electronic Cash STEP 1 : the customer opens an account with a bank and receives special software for his or her PC STEP 2 : the customer buys electronic money from the bank by using the software STEP 3 : the bank sends an electronic money note to this customer, endorsing it with a digital signature STEP 4 : the money is stored on the buyers PC and can be spent in any electronic store that accepts e-cash STEP 5 : the software is also used to transfer the e- cash from the buyers computer to the sellers computer STEP 6 : the seller can deposit the e-cash in a bank, crediting his or her regular or electronic account, or use the e-cash to make a purchases elsewhere

76 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-76 Electronic Payment Cards (Smart Cards) with E-cash Using smart cards –combine several credit cards, debit cards, and stored electronic cash Electronic payment from cellular phones –enable people to make payments form their cell phone Electronic funds transfer –transfer money electronically to and from financial institutions using telecommunication networks

77 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-77 Fraud on the Internet Internet stocks fraud –In fall 1998, the SEC brought charges against 44 companies and individuals who illegally promoted stocks on computer bulletin boards, online newspapers, and investment Web sites Other financial fraud –Other areas include selling bogus investments and phantom business

78 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-78 Buyer Protection Tips for safe electronic shopping include: –Look for reliable brand names at sites like Wal-Mart Online, Disney Online, and Enter it directly (Not from a link) –Search any unfamiliar selling site for companys address and phone and fax number –Check out the seller with the local Chamber of Commerce and/or Better Business Bureau –Investigate how secure the sellers site is and how well it is organized –Examine the money-back guarantees, warranties, and service agreements –Compare prices to those in regular stores (too low-a suspect) –Ask friends what they know –Find out what your rights are in case of a dispute –Consult the National Fraud Information Center –Check for a listing of useful –Be aware that you have shoppers rights

79 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-79 Seller Protection Sellers are protected against: –consumers who refuse to pay, or pay with bad checks –use of sellers name by others –buyers claims that the merchandise did not arrive –use of sellers unique words and phrases, names, slogans, and Web address –customers downloading copyrighted software and/or knowledge and selling it to others

80 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-80 Legal Issues Specific to E-commerce Domain Name –several companies that have similar or same names (in different countries) compete over a domain name that is not registered trademark Taxes and Other Fees –particularly complex for interstate and international commerce Copyright –intellectual property is protected by copyright laws and cannot be used freely

81 IT for Management Prof. Efraim Turban 6-81 Ethical Issues Privacy –most electronic payment systems know who the buyers are; therefore, it may be necessary to protect the buyers identity The Human Element –technology is new to many IS directors and employees; so many require new sets of skills Web Tracking –by using sophisticated software it is possible to track individual movements on the internet Disintermediation –use of EC may result in the elimination of some of a companys employees as well as brokers and agents

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