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Advantages and disadvantages of e-commerce

Amazon started as an e-commerce book site and has now added music, toys, electronics, software and clothes to is list of product offerings. You are welcome to review the following articles from Proquest.

Marcial, Gene (Oct 29, 2007) The Unplumbed Depths of Amazon. Business Week. New York: . p. 112

Doherty, Kathy (Oct 2007) The New Kid In Town. Food Logistics. New York: . p. 6

Stone, Brad. (Oct 24, 2007) .Amazon Says Profit Jumped In Quarter, New York Times (Late Edition (East Coast)). New York, N.Y.: p. C.3

Please turn in a paper of one to two pages (page counting does not include cover and reference list) discussing the following questions,

1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of selling books and goods over the internet?

2. Amazon offered Prime membership and same-day delivery. Will this destroy local retail buisness?

3. What do traditional stores have to gain from setting up an e-commerce side to complement their retail stores?

Expectations:

1. Answer questions with clarity.

2. Show depth and breadth in your paper to enhance the quality of your paper.

3. Try your best to search in our library to find some papers/articles to support your argument and show them in the reference list.

Solution Preview

When you write your paper, there are several different issues that you should include as main points to each question. Let's discuss each question presented.

1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of selling books and goods over the internet?

- The main advantage in selling books is that through different mediums, the books can be downloaded immediately by customers. Amazon has really revolutionized this area with the Kindle. Later, other companies saw the success of downloadable books and followed suit. We then saw Barnes & Noble come out with the Nook, which is similar to Amazon's kindle in basic use. If an immediate download is not preferable and an actual, physical book is desired, a customer can order a book online and have it delivered within a few days time. Amazon then expanded their services to include various goods, and later opened the marketplace, where other sellers can sell their books and goods directly on the Amazon website. (Amazon noted the success of eBay and it fueled the creation of Amazon's ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses the advantages and disadvantages of online retail, and specifically uses Amazon.com as an example. The Amazon.com Prime membership, same day delivery, and the effect on local businesses is also discussed. All three questions are comprehensively answered and additional resources are provided for student expansion.

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