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A Brief History of eCommerce

Around 1972: The ARPANET is used to arrange a cannabis sale between students at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This activity is later described as “the seminal act of e-commerce” in John Markoff’s book What the Dormouse Said.

1981: Thomson Holidays UK is the first business-to-business online shopping system to be installed.

1984: In April 1984, CompuServe launches the Electronic Mall in the USA and Canada. It is the first comprehensive electronic commerce service.

1990: Tim Berners-Lee writes the first web browser, WorldWideWeb, using a NeXTcomputer.

1995: Jeff Bezos launches Amazon.com. Dell and Cisco begin to aggressively use Internet for commercial transactions. eBay is founded by computer programmer Pierre Omidyar as AuctionWeb.

1999: Alibaba Group is established in China.

2012: US eCommerce and Online Retail holiday sales reach $33.8 billion, up 13 percent. Also in 2012, eCommerce sales topped $1 trillion for the first time in history.

Today, mobile devices are playing an increasing role in the mix of eCommerce. Some estimates show that purchases made on mobile devices will make up 25% of the market by 2017. According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index, in 2014 the amount of mobile devices will outnumber the number of world population.

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