Provided by: IARIA
Many people believe that nowadays everything can be purchased online, but the reality could not be further from the truth. A recent survey that the authors have conducted in two medium-sized German cities revealed that only about 12% of all businesses are able to accept online orders. While 100% of all large enterprises run their own online store, only 6.9% of all micro, small and medium enterprises are able to receive online orders. The obvious outcome of such an e-commerce disparity is that consumers can only very rarely place online orders at their favorite local stores. In this paper, they will describe the idea of providing electronic commerce as a commodity service to micro, small and medium enterprises.