Let’s start with a definition:
Thank you Google.
We know that the ‘E’ stands for ‘Electronic’. So technically, as soon as we started paying for things through credit cards, we were transacting electronically. BUT this wasn’t through the internet thus according to google’s definition it wasn’t E-Commerce.
Wikipedia however defines it as ‘Electronic commerce, commonly written as e-commerce, is the trading or facilitation of trading in products or services using computer networks, such as the Internet.’ Well, credit cards were (and are) processed through ‘computer networks’. Hmm – ok computer.
In the interests of moving forward, we shall use Google’s definition as that is what most people consider as E-commerce.
So now to the use of the hyphen. Well back in the day, anything internet either had an ‘E’ at the beginning of it to identify it as something ‘of the internet’. E-mail stuck around for a while but around 2010/11 , the hyphen got dropped. Having said that it was only in 2015 that the Washington Post finally dropped it.
So what about E-Commerce? We’re now nearly 25 years in since people first started using that term so is a hyphen necessary anymore?
Here at EA HQ (see what we did there?), we don’t want to rock the proverbial boat, but seeing as a URL cannot have a hyphen, we’re going to follow that syntax throughout the rest of the site. Mostly. Sometimes we’ll drop it in just for fun. Like in this post.
What about just calling it ‘Commerce’? This one was easy. We’re all about design, UX, html, css, tech platforms and innovation through DIGITAL. That means stores that are accessed via a computer of some sort, a handheld device, a kiosk or a wearable. For us that is eCommerce. We are not examining or exploring any sales involving a direct human to human communication. That means in-store (or inStore?), over the phone, via a catalogue etc.
One last thing. According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, the only way to write it if not using a hyphen is eCommerce as opposed to ecommerce….We’ll leave that with you to ponder: http://bit.ly/1XtaS5w
Ok so there we have it. If you’ve managed to stay with us this far then you are a better person than 99.99% of everyone else reading this. Thank you for sticking around and for being interested. We certainly are.
That’s all folks. The next post will be more fun. Promise. 😉