The History of eCommerce


Basically initiates the history of eCommerce, when what is called Electronic Data Interchange permits companies to carry out electronic transactions



Electronic Data Interchange



Michael Aldrich invents online shopping giving the "concept of teleshopping" which revolutionizes the way businesses happen


1981 B2B

Thomson Holidays submits the first ever B2B electronic transaction using online technology

1982 &

France Telecom invents Minitel that is considered the most successful pre-World Wide Web online service

1984 ASCX12

Format ASC X 12 provides a dependable means to conduct electronic business

Gateshead SIS/Tesco is the first B2C online shopping

1985 Nissan

Nissan UK sells cars and finance with credit checking to customers online from dealers' lots


Swreg creates the first electronic Merchant account to let software developers sell online

1989 Welcome to Peapod

Peapod brings the grocery store to the home PC


Tim Berners-Lee creates the first World Wide Web server and browser, using a NeXT computer

1991 NSF

The National Science Foundation (NSF) lifts restrictions on the commercial use of the NET, clearing the way for eCommerce


J.H. Snider and Terra Ziporyn publish "Future Shop: How new technologies will change the way we shop and what we buy"

1994 YAHOO!

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.

1995 Dell ebay starts selling each and everything online

AuctionWeb launches a site soon to be rechristened eBay

A company called Verisign begins developing digital IDs

1998 Google YAHOO! Store

PayPal launches pay service

Google debuts on eCommerce

Yahoo launches Yahoo Stores


Zappos launches web-only shoe store

Internet Retailer dubuts

Global Sports launches out-sourced eCommerce platform

Victoria's Secret debuts site


2000 .com

The ongoing dot-com investment business

osCommerce is started in Germany as The Exchange Project

2001 amazon blazes a trail launching a mobile commerce site

2002 csn stores shop away PayPal

PayPal is acquired by eBay

CSN Stores and NetShops begin selling products through several targeted domains


Apple launches iTunes store

Congress passes the Can-Spam Act

ZenCart branches from osCommerce


Credit card companies create PCI data security standards

2005 YouTube

First Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition

Launches YouTube

Web 2.0 takes hold making sites more interactive

The final release of VirtueMart


Google debuts Google Checkout

2007 iPhone

Apple launches the iPhone with full web browsing and downloadable apps, advancing mCommerce

Free open-source Prestashop software is founded

2008 TextBuyIt

Amazon introduces TextBuyIt

Magento eCommerce solution is launched by Varien

2009 and lose New York online sales tax battle

2010 Magento mobile

Magento mobile is released allowing store owners to create native mobile storefront apps

eCommerce gets serious about social media and more personal conversations taking place between businesses and consumers

The History of eCommerce

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Basically, the way it has been developing depends heavily on the technologies that have been contrived. With that said, the past several decades gave birth to absolutely essential inventions that have...
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