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Designing Systems for Internet Commerce, Second Edition by Lawrence C. Stewart, G. Winfield Treese

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Chapter 4. Business Models—Some Case Studies

 

From things that differ comes the fairest attunement.

 
 --Heraclitus[1]

Introduction to Business Segments

There are many different kinds of businesses on the Internet, and each kind has specialized requirements for an e-commerce system. For this book, we have selected the following three kinds of businesses for detailed consideration of system requirements and design options.

  1. Consumer retail

    Businesses selling physical goods directly to individual end consumers. We will further separate retail businesses into large businesses with complex requirements and small and medium-sized enterprises with more basic needs (and smaller budgets) for Internet commerce.

  2. Business-to-business cataloging

    Businesses with online ...

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