The growth of the interment as a secure shopping channel has developed since 1994, with the first sales of Sting album ‘Ten Summoner’s Tales’. Wine, chocolates and flowers soon followed and were among the pioneering retail categories which fueled the growth of online shopping. Researchers found that having products that are appropriate for e-commerce was a key indicator of Internet success. Many of these products did well as they are generic products which shoppers didn’t need to touch and feel in order to buy.
Alternative names for the activity are “e-tailing”, a shortened form of “electronic retail” or “e-shopping”, a shortened form of “electronic shopping”. An online store may also be called an e-web-store, e-shop, e-store, Internet shop, web-shop, web-store, online store, online storefront and virtual store. Mobile commerce (or m-commerce) describes purchasing from an online retailer’s mobile device-optimized website or software application (“app”). These websites or apps are designed to enable customers to browse through a companies’ products and services on tablet computers and smartphones.