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Subject: Re: UKNM: E-commerce fiasco
From: Mark Dolley
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998 14:23:52 GMT

David Brake,david [dot] brakeatukonline [dot] co [dot] uk wrote on 2/18/98 3:59 PM:
>Surely NMA is whistling in the wind? Surely at this rate it will be well
>after 2000 before consumers buying online becomes a significant force in

Be careful about those sweeping generalisations. The French have been
buying over Minitel for a decade already. And the online travel business
does a huge amount of online trade every year in the UK with people
finding last minute bargains on teletext.

So it really boils down to how you define "online" and how you define
"significant force". Web-based commerce efforts have been but
experimental drop in the bucket that is the grand scheme of things, with
the main exceptions being here in the US where some activity in some
segments are deserving of the description significant force. Two years
ago, it was a different story and if Europe can make the progress over
the next two years that the US has made over the last two then the year
2000 looks to be a good date to shoot for.


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