eCommerce Infographics

The History of eCommerce – Timeline Infographic

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If you ever wondered how the electronic commerce started, now we’ll answer all your questions!

Today’s awesome infographic that was diligently created by TemplateMonster provides you with a quick glimpse of how eCommerce has evolved over the years. Basically, the way it has been developing depends heavily on the technologies that have been contrived.

With that said, the past several decades gave birth to absolutely essential inventions that have rapidly changed the way retailers push their businesses online. The following infographic displays the uncommon spectacle of the eCommerce-related milestones, integrating the variety of interesting historical facts. Let’s dive a bit into some of them to see how eCommerce industry continues to improve and innovate up to the current days.

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20 Responses

  1. Lilian,
    This timeline is just great!

  2. I am a teacher in Multichannel Marketing in the Digital Age at Johns Hopkins University. Can I use this? Can we speak about your research?

    1. I agree. Nicely designed and very informative – I like this one.

  3. AOL and CompuServe should be in there somewhere. CompuServe had ecommerce in the early 80’s.

  4. Great overview!
    m-commerce sure is the next big challenge for today’s companies!

  5. Quite informative, going to share with my friends.

  6. Quite interesting! As the rest of the world advances on ecommerce, it is a pity Canadians are still stuck in the dark ages in regards to ecommerce.

  7. It’s kind of a rip off of another ecommerce history infographic that went live a few months ago here:

    1. Matt, I kinda see why you thought so – because both of them are about history. But as you can see all of our sources are specified in the infographic, and zippycart is not one of them. By the way the zippycart infographic is in fact very interesting too, we do admit that.
      Our infographic however is bigger and is mostly about technologies that have pushed eCommerce to where it is now. While the one from zippycart is about general eCommerce milestones.
      But even so, the history of eCommerce is a very vast field, both our and zippycart infographics combined are maximum 40% of all eCommerce history.

  8. Actually I think Mcommerce will be a bust. While the people making the sites are rushing their sites to the phones, the phones are rushing their browsers to the sites. The phone guys want their browsers to behave the same as a desktop version. The people that actually need those M sites are a shrinking audience. One of the things I hate about mobile sites is getting stuck on them when my phone is perfectly capable of using the regular site.

  9. interesting, educational and attractive all in one

  10. Can I have this one for my office wall?

  11. You forgot to tell about OsCommerce!

    1. We’ve actually mentioned the launch of osCommerce in the year 2000!

  12. Interesting. I think Shopify worth to be included into this list too. Maybe they was not very first, but likely one of most simplest

  13. As the coordinator of a regional marketing group who puts on seminars and conferences about all forms of marketing – this time line is a great look back at where we have come from. May I have permission to reprint this in my digital newsletter???

    1. Hey Sari, please feel free to use this infographic for your educational purposes, we give the go!

  14. hello! can I translate this infographic and use in the work of a class?

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