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Shopping Carts for Secure Transactions

Research and apply the content from a minimum of three recent articles about the use of the Shopping Cart. Produce a research paper (APA Format) discussing your viewpoint on the topic and refer to the content from the articles to support your findings. APA formatting guidelines require a title page, abstract page, and reference page in addition to the body of the paper. It also requires in-text citations as needed throughout the document.

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Shopping carts play an important role in both B2B and B2C e-commerce transactions. Shopping carts not only assist e-shoppers in making online purchase of items, but also helps e-commerce merchants in several back office tasks including tax calculation, shipping cost calculation as well as managing their inventory. This paper examines the role of shopping carts through a study of three articles. These articles provide information about the role of shopping carts in e-commerce transactions (Buderi, 2005; Callaghan, 2004; Wilson, Pettijohn & McMurtrey, 2006). These articles also stress on the importance of e-commerce businesses exploring the reasons for shopping cart abandonment by e-shoppers, as this would provide crucial information that could improve the quality of their websites. Apart from this the privacy and security of using shopping carts is also explored in this paper.

Shopping Carts

A shopping cart is the part of the website that keeps track of selected items for purchase and automates the purchasing process (Schneider, 2004). A shopping cart allows consumers to collect in a central place items that they may want to purchase (Buderi, 2005). Shoppers place their desired products in a virtual cart, specifying size and quantity of items. The shopping cart tallies the purchases, calculates any applicable sales tax, adds on any shipping costs, and presents the total to the customer (Miletsky, 2003). The primary task of the shopping cart is to simplify the shopping process for buyers. The shopping cart should allow the allow the users to create an account, in case they are first time users and allow users to log in after placing the items on the shopping cart. The key benefit of shopping cart is that it facilitates the buying process for new users as well as regular users, removing any barriers that might cause delay in ...

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This solution presents a review and analysis of three articles on the use of shopping cart for secure applications. 1142 words with many references.