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What is E-Commerce?
Put simply, E-Commerce is the use of the Internet
to do business. More importantly, it is changing the way that
people and organisations operate or do business. From large
multi-national corporations to small cottage industries and
part-time companies, businesses are going online, opening
up their products and services to new channels worldwide.
There are many ways to get your products and services online,
from simple brochure web sites to high-end database driven,
online credit card verification solutions.
E-Commerce not only offers the benefits of categorising your
products for your customers, it provides them with the capability
of buying direct from your web site at any time and from anywhere
in the world. Nevertheless, the benefits are endless, your
business has a virtual shop front open to a world wide customer
base 24 hours a day, 7 seven days a week. Make your business
truly global and customise your marketing for the American
and Far Eastern markets that were previously unobtainable.
Lastly, consider the potential sales you could achieve while
you are sleeping in your bed, eating your dinner or away on
holiday and you will realise that an E-Commerce web site is
an opportunity just too good to refuse.
There are various elements that are required for an E-Commerce
Shopping Cart Software
Shopping Cart Software allows your customers to browse your
products and purchase them directly from the website. The
'online store' application has an administrative panel
that allows you to track orders, set postage and packaging
costs, products prices, stock levels, special offers and popular buys. UPR Designs use proven shopping
cart software that is easy-to-use, highly customisable and
user friendly for potential customers.
There are many options that companies may take to start accepting
online payments. Choices vary depending on the type of product
or service being sold, uncertainty about the uptake of sales,
volume of sales, compatibility with your bank or setup costs.
However the two basic requirements to start accepting online
payments in the text-book fashion are:
- Internet Merchant Account
- Payment Service Provider
Irish Internet Merchant Account
You will need to make an appointment with your bank with
a view to obtaining an Internet Maerchant Account. This service
allows your business to accept online payments electronically,
such as funds from credit/debit card transactions.
For more information visit the following links: Bank
of Ireland | Allied
Irish Bank | Ulster
Payment Service Provider
Your Payment Service Provider is responsible for providing
the real-time credit card transation technology for use with
your website. When a customer enters their credit card details
on your site, the PSP will talk to their bank and authorise
or decline the credit card. If accepted, the funds will be
deposited to your account, and the transaction is complete.
For more information visit the following links: WorldPay
| Realex Payments
Secure Web Hosting
Although not always necessary, UPR Designs can supply your
company with the necessary secure web site hosting to accept
online payments. This includes an SSL certificate that gives
potential customers the necessary confidence to purchase online.
This reduces the risk of Fraud which currently costs UK individuals
and businesses more than £400 million a year.
How you go about setting up an online store, is largely tied
to your requirements and ultimately your budget. For smaller
businesses who are not expecting a high volume of sales or
companies who may want to 'test the water', it can be a good
idea to look at signing up with a Payment Bureau, or Person2Person
For more information visit the following links: PayPal
Prices an E-Commerce website vary depending on the size of
online store you require and the method you choose to sell
these goods online. Contact UPR Designs
for a quote or complete the FREE
Help Section for more E-Commerce