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Your company has been asked to give a talk on Electronic commerce to a group of Form 1 students.
 
Puan Maria bte Ahmad, respected teachers and my fellow students of Form 1, a very good morning to all of you.

It is a pleasure to address you this morning. I am here to speak to you about Electronic commerce which is also known as e-commerce. Being a student myself, I do not have much personal experience in e-commerce. I have done some airline bookings, cinema reservations and railway bookings over the net.

Much of what I tell you is the result of research over the internet. E-commerce has gone from being a novel idea to a reflect billions of dollars in transactions every single day. For many people, it has become a way of life.

Let me give you an example of e-commerce. The largest movement of people in the world is when the Chinese leave the cities of China and travel to the rural areas to celebrate Chinese New Year with their families in the villages and outlying towns. About a billion people move during these celebrations. Do you know that more than 70% of them booked their bus, train and other tickets online? One of the biggest benefits of that is that 700 million people did not leave their homes to go out and buy a ticket to travel. 700 million people did not queue up to buy tickets anywhere. This single story of travel tickets sold during the Chinese New Year is enough to wake us all up to the convenience, necessity and relevance of e-commerce.

When we go out shopping for gifts for the holidays we are mostly on leave. Being on leave means zero productivity. With the convenience of online shopping, we can save the hours that we would otherwise spend driving, hunting for parking space, buying and physically carrying the purchases to our car. A single working day is called a man day. Coming back to the example, when the 700 million people did not take leave to go out and buy gifts but continued working because they could buy the gifts online, they saved 700 million man days. Can you imagine the economic benefits of that?

In any business, there are two factors. They are the buyer and the seller. If you open an online shop, you become a seller. The buyer logs in to your website, views the things you sell, studies your prices, then goes off to some other website and compares your prices and guaranteed quality. Then, he makes the purchase. Now, you as the seller have to make arrangements to send the purchased goods to the buyer. Offhand it may sound like a very unsafe way to spend money. But believe me, there are checks and balances in place. It is quite difficult to cheat in online transactions, simply because all your actions are in the public domain. There is no place to hide. And there is no running away. In a cashless society, the minute you buy something with your credit card, you are automatically declaring where you are.

The internet is full of companies offering all kinds of services and goods. Besides buying and selling, the internet is also the ideal place for hotel reservations, airline bookings and even checking in for your flight. The methodology involved is quite simple. Most of the websites give simple step by step instructions on how to execute a purchase of a service or goods. Payment, of course, is by credit card.

Before I conclude, let me give you one more example. Stephen King is a novelist famous for his horror stories. His works are so sought after that his fans wait impatiently for each Stephen King novel to be published. His works become best sellers and usually sell more than a million in the space of six months. More than ten years ago, he decided to publish his latest novel online. Friends, it was a best seller and crossed the million mark in just one week! This, my dear friends, is the past of e-commerce. Can you imagine what the future will be like? I leave you with that thought.

Thank you.

     
 
 

 

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