In U.S. electronic commerce in the year 2000 sales across the internet reached $20.3 TRILLION according to the Electronic Payments Association in the April 26 TechWeb News Daily. That amounts to 6.9 billion E-transactions, which is up 14% over the year before. Now if you calculate your site would only produce 1% of that then retirement would not be far behind.

Here are some examples of the types of businesses that are using E-Commerce.

  • Existing "Brick and Mortar" stores
  • Entrepreneurs with new products/services
  • Auction Sites
  • On-Line Stores
  • Subscription Services
  • Companies accepting bill payments
    Utilities -- Power, Water, Trash, Pest Control
    Property Management

E-Commerce is growing -- rapidly. E-Commerce can increase your potential market-share exponentially whether you are a small or a large business.

There are several facits to opening a successful eCommerce site:

Storefront Design

Your storefront is the "window" the shopper walks by. How the shopper reacts depends upon how appealing the window dressing is. It is imperitave that the shopper feel comfortable and not intimidated by tricky navigation, slow loading graphics and hard to understand purchasing processes.

The staff at Threefold DataSolutions understands marketing, having been schooled by the best in corporate America. With marketing backgrounds in many diverse industries, we can help you structure your storefront to capture the attention of your shoppers.


Shopping Cart

Now that we have captured the attention of your shopper, the purchase process must be as painless as is possible. This is the shopping cart. Your shopper will choose the various items for purchase, put them in the shopping cart and ring them up for a sale.

We have many "off-the-shelf" shopping carts to choose from, or we can custom design one for your particular needs.


Accepting Orders

There are three ways that purchases can be made online. The easiest is for the customer to get your phone number, email or mailing address. Then it becomes a person-to-person transaction involving your time and availability. This may work well for very high-end items or other specialized products. It is hardly desirable for high volume products. Therefore we will address two common ways to accept orders.


This service doesn't require that you have a merchant account. That is handled by the service.

Your customer fills out the order form with the credit card information and submits it. This is submitted to the service who will validate the credit card and send an email confirmation to the buyer and the seller. The service deposits the money into your account.

Your only notification is by email, and you must manually handle the sale. Also it is more difficult to set this type account up to handle multiple purchases (shopping cart) although Threefold DataSolutions can make that happen. Ask us how.


This is by far the most common. Your customer fills out the credit card information and submits it. This information is submitted to a service that validates the credit card, wires the deposit to your account and then sends a validation code back to your web database.

Based upon acceptance of the order, the database adjusts the inventory, the shopper is greeted with an order confirmation web page (with a confirmation number), and a followup email is sent to the shopper and the seller.


Order Tracking

This is a function of tracking the order by the order number given by the credit card validating service. This is stored in your database, and identifies the order through all the phase of the order/shipping process.



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