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What is Ecommerce?
Ecommerce is the purchasing of goods, services or other financial transactions on the Internet. This term and a newer term (Ebusiness) are often used interchangeably. These transactions can be divided into three categories, B2C, B2B, and B2E.

B2C is an acronym for business-to-consumer, or the retailing part of e-commerce on the Internet. B2C applications include web store fronts, conference registration sites, and sites that offer services for a fee. Many of these applications also include an interface to a credit card processing company such as PayPal.

B2B (business-to-business), also known as e-biz, is the exchange of products, services, or information between businesses rather than between businesses and consumers. B2B applications include web procurement systems, e-marketplaces, electronic billing, and electronic funds transfer.

B2E - Companies that offer their employeess products and services online are engaging in B2E (business to employee) Ecommerce.

How do I get started?
Begin by contacting the Office of the Treasurer by phone (812-855-0586) or email and confirming that the payment transaction under consideration is an approved revenue producing activity as defined in IU Policy VI-121. Then determine which area of Ecommerce your application fits into (B2C or B2B) and select the appropriate link below:

Business to consumer: IUPayPlus, TransformEPIUPayPlus, Volusion, Estore, TransformEP, IPAS
Business to business: EPIC Electronic Procurement and Invoicing Center

News and Announcements:
IPAS, Estore, and TransformEP will be retired in October of 2010. This is necessary because of changing PCI-DSS regulations that will no longer permit PCI compliant and non-PCI compliant virtual servers to run on the same hardware.

Last Modified 07 February 2011
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