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ALSO CALLED: eTail, e-Retail, eRetail, Online Retail, Electronic Retail
DEFINITION: E-tailing (less frequently: etailing) is the selling of retail goods on the Internet. Short for "electronic retailing," and used in Internet discussions as early as 1995, the term seems an almost inevitable addition to e-mail, e-business, and e-commerce. E-tailing is synonymous with business-to-consumer (B2C) transaction.E-tailing began to work for some major corporations and smaller entrepreneurs  … 
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ETAILING DEFINITION (continued): …  as early as 1997 when Dell Computer reported multimillion dollar orders taken at its Web site. The success of Amazon.com hastened the arrival of Barnes and Noble's e-tail site. Concerns about secure order-taking receded. 1997 was also the year in which Auto-by-Tel reported that they had sold their millionth car over the Web, and CommerceNet/Nielsen Media reported that 10 million people had made purchases on the Web. Jupiter research predicted that e-tailing would grow to $37 billion by 2002. E-tailing has resulted in the development of e-tailware -- software tools for creating online catalogs … 
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