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Author: E-commerce failures should caution m-commerce advocates
The shine may be off of e-commerce in the American economy, but that hasn't stopped some business people from getting excited about the Next Big Thing. Mobile commerce (or m-commerce) will supposedly transform the economy by allowing customers to shop over the internet using wireless devices such as cell phones. But count marketing expert Roger Blackwell among the early skeptics. Blackwell offers reasons why e-commerce never took the economy by storm as many experts had predicted. (2001-07-13)

Study sheds light on why the US and China don't see eye-to-eye on e-commerce
New research from Singapore Management University has found that the US is more concerned with digital barriers like internet censorship and cross-border data flow, while China cares more about traditional trade barriers like tariffs. (2018-09-13)

First issue of International Commerce Review now available
Springer has just published the first issue of the new International Commerce Review, the official publication of the International Commerce Institute. The ICR, with a new look and vision, replaces the ECR Journal and will be published quarterly from 2008. It contains the latest research and thinking in consumer goods, presenting information in an easy-to-read, (2007-07-24)

Search engines return similar results for e-commerce comparison shopping
Consumers who go to multiple search engines looking for the best prices or products may be spending more time than needed, says a Penn State researcher. (2006-02-02)

Internet companies profit more from B2B e-commerce than brick and mortar firms, paper argues
Marketplace collaborations allow Internet companies to profit more from B2B e-commerce than brick-and-mortar companies, according to a paper delivered this month at a convention of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMSĀ®). The authors find that returns to Internet firms are almost double those of brick-and-mortar firms. (2000-05-30)

Minister Lunn to address Calgary Chamber of Commerce
On Wednesday, Sept. 12, the Honorable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, will address the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and will make a funding announcement with Sustainable Development Technology Canada. (2007-09-11)

Statement by Dr. Neal Lane, Director, National Science Foundation on Supercomputer Acquisition
The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced that it is initiating an investigation to determine whether Japanese vector supercomputers were being dumped in the United States and whether these imports were injuring the U.S. Industry. In my view, it would be inappropriate for NSF to approve this procurement until the dumping issue has been resolved. (1996-08-20)

Supreme Court's Obamacare decision established new limits on federal authority, IU paper says
A new paper by an Indiana University professor sheds new light on the US Supreme Court's rejection of legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act, which many critics said threatens state sovereignty and individual liberties. (2013-10-31)

American Chemical Society webinar focuses on federal aid for sustainable manufacturing
News media and others interested in the chemical sciences are invited to join the next in a series of American Chemical Society webinars, focusing on federal resources that support sustainable manufacturing. Scheduled for Thursday, July 29, from 2-3 p.m. EDT, the free ACS webinar will feature Morgan Barr, with the the US Department of Commerce's Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative, speaking on the Department of Commerce Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative -- Government Resources that Support Sustainable Manufacturing. (2010-07-22)

E-commerce to cause major shake-up of world transport
New Australian research is predicting that the increasing global uptake of e-business will be the most significant force for change in transport worldwide over the next decade, surpassing rising petrol prices and reduced oil availability. (2001-06-28)

Accounting and information systems professor receives Fulbright Distinguished Chair
France Belanger, associate professor of accounting and information systems at Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business, has been awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Chair. Belanger's research interests focus on the use of telecommunication technologies in organizations, in particular for distributed work and electronic commerce. (2005-02-28)

Ag Biotech and E-Commerce hot topics at ASTA Annual Convention
How will e-commerce and modern biotechnology affect the U.S. seed industry and international seed trade? How can genetically enhanced seed benefit agricultural production worldwide? The American Seed Trade Association's 117th Annual Convention, (2000-05-25)

Technological advances lead to organizational change
Changes due to new technologies take time and are difficult to overview. This is a conclusion made in a new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg. The author of the thesis, researcher Sara Hjelm Lidholm, studied a company's transition from mail order to e-commerce over a period of 10 years. The results of the transition include an entirely new organization and an increased customer focus with stronger customer relations. (2011-05-23)

Location-based data can provide insights for business decisions
Data from social commerce websites can provide essential information to business owners before they make decisions that could determine whether a new venture succeeds or fails. (2019-07-01)

On-line home shopping habits go under the spotlight
The buying habits of Internet shoppers from home have become the focus of attention at the new Home Shopping Research Unit at Cardiff University. They are scrutinising home shopping trends and experiences in order to help businesses trade more profitably and to help them better understand customer demands. (2002-07-30)

E-Commerce and the environment: Good news or bad?
The Journal of Industrial Ecology, a peer reviewed international quarterly published by MIT Press and owned by Yale University, has recently published a special issue on e-commerce, the internet and the environment. Through funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the entire special issue has been made available on the web. This issue delivers insightful, even provocative research covering a wide range of topics relating to the environmental impacts -- good and bad -- of e-commerce and the Internet. (2003-10-23)

Legal barriers hindering ASEAN trade: Report
ASEAN's legal frameworks must keep pace with how businesses use technology today, say Singapore Management University researchers. (2018-04-05)

UGA Center for International Trade and Security receives more than $3 million for WMD research
The Center for International Trade and Security (CITS) at the University of Georgia recently received more than $3 million in new grants and contracts for research on issues surrounding weapons of mass destruction. The new grants and contracts come over the next three years from the Carnegie Corporation, the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Department of Energy for research on preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. (2002-11-18)

An emerging force in the development of global e-commerce
Advisory on new study of the Global Business Dialogue on e-Commerce, or GBDe, a consortium of business leaders from around the globe looking at such emerging issues as Internet taxation, intellectual property and privacy. (2001-08-27)

University of Minnesota licenses online tool that facilitates tech transfer operations to startup
The University of Minnesota finalized a license agreement for CaSTT (Commerce and Search for Technology Transfer), an e-commerce and marketing framework for technology transfer offices in universities and research institutions. (2011-03-31)

New Jewish history book provides understanding of capitalism, anti-Semitism
It's impossible to understand the history of anti-Semitism, or of capitalism, without taking a non-ideological look at political theories on Jewish economics. That's the view of Jonathan Karp, a faculty member at Binghamton University and author of a new book, (2009-01-13)

Trade practices key in deciding a trade's moral legitimacy
How goods are traded, not just what is traded, is a principal consideration when deciding the legitimacy of a particular industry, according to a study recently published in Administrative Science Quarterly, a SAGE journal. (2011-07-28)

Business-to-business customers expect personal service in online chat
Companies engaged in business-to-business (B2B) sales are also increasingly moving their activities online, but their online chat services and customer interaction have not been studied much yet. A new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows that the nature of social presence in B2B online chat dialogues varied depending on the stage of the customer relationship. (2020-04-17)

Online tool helps you assess your intellectual property awareness
A new online tool developed by NIST and the US Patent and Trade Office can help small companies and entrepreneurs evaluate their awareness of intellectual property -- trade secrets, company data and more -- and learn how to protect it. (2012-04-03)

NOAA scientist elected to the Royal Society
NOAA Senior Scientist Susan Solomon, whose pioneering research has helped explain the cause of the ozone hole and for her leadership as co-chair of Working Group 1 for the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment report, has been elected as a foreign member of the Royal Society of the United Kingdom. (2008-05-29)

New tool improves fairness of online search rankings
In a new paper, Cornell University researchers introduce a tool they've developed to improve the fairness of online rankings without sacrificing their usefulness or relevance. (2020-08-18)

Minister Lunn speaks at the Economic Club of Toronto
On Tuesday, January 23, the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, will speak about Canada as a clean-energy superpower to the Economic Club of Toronto. He will highlight the Government of Canada's ecoENERGY initiatives. (2007-01-22)

Study: Some online shoppers pay more than others
A new study co-authored by a team of Northeastern University faculty and students has found numerous instances of price steering and discrimination on many popular e-commerce retail and travel websites. That's not necessarily a bad thing, they say -- so long as the companies are transparent. (2014-10-23)

The big thaw
As the ice thaws and ice edge shifts and moves around, there are also politics, geographical boundaries, and business commerce to start wondering about. (2001-04-17)

Sellers 3.5 times more influential than buyers in driving e-commerce platform growth
E-commerce platforms, such as Uber and eBay, face the dilemma of what is more lucrative, supporting the needs of the buyers or the sellers. The belief is it is more important to focus on buyers, who create demand, than on sellers. A forthcoming study in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science, sheds new light on this dilemma with the discovery that sellers are 3.5 times more impactful than buyers in driving growth of e-commerce platforms. (2016-11-30)

Consumers suspicious of sponsored links
Sponsored links are marketed as a sure-fire way to lure consumers to specific Web sites, but a Penn State study shows most online shoppers don't take the bait. (2005-06-08)

Legal analysis: The health insurance mandate is constitutional
The most politically charged feature of the health reform law is the mandate that legal residents have health insurance. Within weeks of the law's passage, 20 states had filed lawsuits charging that the mandate is unconstitutional because it gives the federal government more power than it actually has. State lawsuits are expected to reach the Supreme Court next year. Legal scholar Lawrence O. Gostin writes that the health insurance mandate rests on firm legal ground. (2010-09-14)

Unfavourable price comparisons still benefit e-businesses
New research from the University of Alberta has found that an online business can benefit from listing its competitors' products, even if some of those comparisons are unfavourable for the firm. (2003-04-08)

Consumer issues in the spotlight of new research
Global consumer protests, the impact of e-commerce, metropolitan life-style, truckers striking due to inflated petrol prices, and the debate over sustainable consumption are some of the issues that will be looked at under the new 'Cultures of Consumption' Ā£5 million research programme funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Board. (2002-01-25)

Internet taxes could weave a tangled web for e-business
The taxing of Internet purchases and services could create confusion in an e-business environment already in upheaval. (2001-08-24)

Commerce's NIST receives valuable chemical data from Dow
As part of an effort to improve the quality of chemical information available to U.S. researchers, manufacturers, students and others, Dow Chemical Co. has donated an extensive collection of infrared spectra chemical data to the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The data will be evaluated by NIST for incorporation into its Chemistry WebBook, an online resource ((2003-07-31)

Manufacturing, innovation, and workforce training
Watch live and join the conversation on Twitter @AspenInstitute and @gcri_ny (#mfgUSGermany) this Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at 9 a.m. EST, when leading representatives from government, industry, and academia discuss manufacturing as an engine of growth and job creation in the US and Germany. (2012-05-15)

Specialization builds trust among Web users
If you name it, they will use it, according to a team of international researchers who investigated how people perceive the trustworthiness of online technology. In an experiment, participants said they trusted websites, recommendation-providing software and even computers labeled to perform specific functions more than the same Internet tools with general designations, according to S. Shyam Sundar, Distinguished Professor of Communications, Penn State. (2010-11-05)

Shopping online, privacy, data protection and third-party tracking
In the wake of yet another e-commerce data breach in which the names and email addresses of millions of online shoppers and credit card users have been accessed illegally, researchers in the US suggest that privacy discussions, and ultimately legislation must urgently focus on the expanding roles of third-parties handling pervasive online customer profiles. (2011-04-06)

NSF gives 'teeth' to biomaterials research
Clemson University has received a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation program. The program creates prospects for economic growth and new jobs by supporting the research-business-government relationships that transfer advances in labs to advances in lives. (2004-10-27)

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