2 Michael Aldrich invented online shopping From 1980 he designed, manufactured, sold, installed, maintained and supported many online shopping systems, using videotex technology.
3 1981 Thomson Holidays, UK is first B2B online shopping Thomson Holidays, UK is first B2B online shopping. Thomson Holidays submits the first ever B2B electronic transaction using online technology.
4 France Telecom invented Minitel that is considered the most successful pre-World Wide Web online service.
5 1984 Gateshead SIS/Tesco is first B2C online shopping Gateshead SIS/Tesco is first B2C online shopping. Format ASC X12 provides a dependable means to conduct electronic business.
6 1985 Nissan UK sells cars and finance with credit checking to customers online from dealers’ lots.
7 1987 Swreg begins to provide software Swreg begins to provide software. Swreg creates the first Software and shareware are provided to authors giving them the means to sell their products online through an electronic Merchant account.
8 1989 Peapod brings the grocery store to the home PC.
9 1990 Tim Berners-Lee writes the first World Wide Web server and browser, using NeXT computer.
10 The National Science Foundation (NSF) lifts restrictions on the commercial use of the NET clearing the way for eCommerce.
11 J.H. Snider and Terra Ziporyn publish “Future Shop: How new technologies will change the way we shop and what we buy”.
12 1994 Netscape unveils SSL encrypt Netscape unveils SSL encrypt. Jerry and David’s guide to the www is renamed Yahoo. Third-party payment services for processing online credit card sales begin to appear. The first online bank opens.
13 1995 Jeff Bezos launches Amazon. com 1995 Jeff Bezos launches Amazon.com. The first commercial-free 24 hour, internet-only radio stations, Radio HK and NetRadio start broadcasting. Dell and Cisco begin to aggressively use Internet for commercial transactions.
14 1995 Auction Web launches a site soon to be rechristened eBay is founded by computer programmer Pierre Omidyar.
15 1998 Electronic postal stamps can be purchased 1998 Electronic postal stamps can be purchased. PayPal launches pay service. Google debuts on eCommerce. Yahoo launches Yahoo Stores.
16 1999 Zappos launches web-only shoe store. Business. com sold for US $7 1999 Zappos launches web-only shoe store. Business.com sold for US $7.5 million to eCompanies which was purchased in 1997 for US $149,000. The peer-to-peer file sharing software Napster launches. ATG Stores launches to sell decorative items for the home online.
17 1999 Global Sports launches out-sourced eCommerce platform 1999 Global Sports launches out-sourced eCommerce platform. Victoria’s Secret debuts site.
18 2000 The on-going dot-com investment bust 2000 The on-going dot-com investment bust. osCommerce is started in Germany as the Exchange Project.
19 2001 Amazon.com blazes a trail launching a mobile commerce site.
20 2002 eBay acquires PayPal for $1. 5 billion eBay acquires PayPal for $1.5 billion. Niche retail companies CSN Stores and NetShops are founded with the concept of selling products through several targeted domains, rather than a central portal.
21 2003 Amazon.com posts first yearly profit. Apple launches ITunes store. Congress passes the Can-Spam Act. Zen Cart branches from osCommerce.
22 2004 Credit Card companies create PCI data security standards.
23 2005 First Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition 2005 First Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition. Launches YouTube.
24 2005 Web 2. 0 takes hold making sites more interactive Web 2.0 takes hold making sites more interactive. The final release of VirtueMart.
26 2007 Business. com acquired by R. H. Donnelley for $345 million 2007 Business.com acquired by R.H. Donnelley for $345 million. Apple launches the iPhone with full web browsing and downloadable apps. Free open-source Prestashop software is founded.
27 2008 Magneto eCommerce solution is launched by Varien 2008 Magneto eCommerce solution is launched by Varien. Amazon introduces TextBuyIt.
28 2009 Zappos. com acquired by Amazon. com for $928 million. Amazon 2009 Zappos.com acquired by Amazon.com for $928 million. Amazon.com and Overstock.com lose New York sales tax battle.
29 2010 Groupon reportedly rejects a $6 billion offer from Google 2010 Groupon reportedly rejects a $6 billion offer from Google. Instead, the group buying websites plans to go ahead with an IPO in mid Magneto mobile is released allowing store owners to create native mobile storefront apps.
30 eCommerce gets serious about social media and more personal conservations taking place between business and consumers.