Electronic Commerce is the buying and selling of goods and services or the transfer of money over the Internet or an Intranet. This can involve stores or banking activities. Standards have been established to make the process easier and more secure. An e-Business type website comprises one which may not usually directly sell or retail products or services online but offers a list of products or items for sale, such as a Property Estate Agency or Retailer of products to the general public.
Selling online is the alternative to physical stores these days. No longer does a shopper need to enter a store and look around for the product he wants. Today all one had to do is sit in front of a computer and shop from anywhere anytime.
1) Amazon.com - Amazon.com, Inc. [[AMZN]] operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates various retail Web sites, including amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, amazon.de, amazon.fr, amazon.co.jp, amazon.ca, and amazon.cn. Its product categories include books; movies, music, and games; digital downloads; electronics and computers; home and garden; toys, kids, and baby; grocery; apparel, shoes, and jewelry; health and beauty; sports and outdoors; and tools, auto, and industrial.
The company serves its consumer customers through its retail Websites and focuses on selection, price, and convenience. It also offers programs that enable seller customers to sell their products on its Websites and their own branded Websites. In addition, the company serves developer customers through Amazon Web Services, which provides access to technology infrastructure that developers can use to enable virtually any type of business. Further, it manufactures and sells the kindle e-reader.
2) Dell.com- Dell [[DELL]] is a pioneer in electronic commerce (E-Commerce), leading the industry as one of the first companies to allow its customers to custom configure and purchase computers online. Now Dell extends this functionality all the way to your organization’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system for true B2B commerce. Dell’s e-commerce business has been a poster child for the benefits of online sales. Launched as a static page in 1994, Dell.com took the plunge into e-commerce shortly thereafter, and by 1997 was the first company to record a million dollars in online sales.
3) EBay- eBay Inc. [[EBAY]] and its subsidiaries provide online marketplaces for the sale of goods and services, online payments services, and online communication offerings to individuals and businesses in the United States and internationally.
4) Buy.com - Buy.com is an online retailer began by selling computers and electronics in 1997. With millions of products in categories ranging from computer hardware and software to electronics, cellular, books, movies, music, sporting goods and more, we’ve got whatever it is you’re craving 24/7, all year long.
5) Costco.com - Costco Wholesale Corporation [[COST]] operates membership warehouses that offer a selection of branded and private label products in a range of merchandise categories in no-frills, self-service warehouse facilities. The companys product categories include candy, snack foods, tobacco, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and cleaning and institutional supplies; appliances, electronics, health and beauty aids, hardware, office supplies, garden and patio, sporting goods, furniture, and automotive supplies; dry and institutionally packaged foods; apparel, domestics, jewelry, housewares, media, home furnishings, cameras, and small appliances; meat, bakery, deli, and produce; and gas stations, pharmacy, food court, optical, one-hour photo, hearing aid, and travel. It offers Business and Gold Star (individual) memberships.
6) JCP.com - J. C. Penney Company, Inc. [[JCP]] works to increase opportunities offered by afterschool programs in order to empower our nation’s children with the tools they need to succeed in life. Through its legacy of supporting youth and charitable organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, YMCA of the USA, National 4-H, United Way and FIRST, JCPenney formalized its commitment to the afterschool issue by making it the Company’s signature cause in 1999.
7) SmartBargains.com- An art to bargain shopping. And it doesn’t involve rummaging through bargain bins or spending the whole weekend at the outlet mall. SmartBargains.com is a division of Retail Convergence, Inc., a portfolio of e-commerce companies based in Boston. Since 1999, we’ve been dedicated to giving you an online, off-price shopping experience that’s easy, instantly rewarding, and always fun. Every day, our professional buyers search the globe to bring you an edited selection of quality, brand-name goods in home, fashion, jewelry, and more. We’ve logged the miles, sorted the bargains, and selected only the best for you.
8) Abebooks.com – AbeBooks is an online marketplace for books. More than 110 million new, used, rare, and out-of-print books are offered for sale through the AbeBooks websites from thousands of booksellers around the world. Readers can find bestsellers, collectors can find rare books, students can find new and used textbooks, and treasure hunters can find long-lost books.
9) AE.com – American Eagle Outfitters, Inc [[AEO]] operates as a retailer that engages in the design, marketing, and sale of clothing, accessories, and personal care products in the United States and Canada. The company offers jeans and graphic Ts, as well as essentials, such as accessories, outerwear, footwear, basics, and swimwear under American Eagle Outfitters, American Eagle, and AE brand names primarily targeting 15 to 25 year-olds.
It also provides Dormwear and intimates collections for girls under the aerie by American Eagle brand name. As of January 31, 2009, the company operated 1,098 stores in the United States and Canada under the American Eagle Outfitters, aerie, 77kidstm, and MARTIN + OSA brands. In addition, it offers its products through its Web sites, including ae.com, aerie.com, martinandosa.com, and 77kids.com.
10) Gap.com - Gap Inc. [[GPS]] is one of the world’s largest specialty retailers, with approximately 3,100 stores and fiscal 2009 revenues of $14.2 billion. The Gap, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailing company. The company offers clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, children, and babies under the Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime, and Athleta brand names. Its products include wardrobe basics, such as denim, khakis, and T-shirts; fashion apparel; casual apparel and accessories; maternity apparel; womens underwear, sleepwear, loungewear, and sports and active apparel; shoes and accessories; and personal care products.
12) bestbuy.com - With operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, China and Mexico, Best Buy is a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services with a commitment to growth and innovation.
The Best Buy family of brands and partnerships collectively generates more than $45 billion in annual revenue and includes brands such as Best Buy; Audiovisions; The Carphone Warehouse; Future Shop; Geek Squad, Jiangsu Five Star; Magnolia Audio Video; Napster; Paciﬁc Sales; The Phone House; and Speakeasy. Approximately 155,000 employees apply their talents to help bring the beneﬁts of these brands to life for customers through retail locations, multiple call centers and Web sites, in-home solutions, product delivery and activities in our communities. Community partnership is central to the way we do business at Best Buy.
The high-end of the list includes well-known Web-only sites, like Amazon.com, Outpost.com and AutoWeb as well as Dell Computer Corp., Ticketmaster, Egghead.com, Gateway and Walt Disney.