There are several key reasons that businesses are adopting the Internet as
a primary business tool:
1. The Internet gives you a competitive edge
Your competitors are almost certainly either already online, or planning to
get online. The adoption of business on the Internet is pervasive through the
Australian market place. Businesses move to where the market is, and the market
is online by sheer numbers. Over two-thirds of Australians currently use the
Internet. The average household connects to the Internet 12 times per week.
These people could be YOUR customers.
Operating electronically offers business the opportunity to enjoy a substantial
competitive edge over those businesses that are not.
2. Business on the Internet is widespread in Australia
The rate at which small businesses in Australia are getting online has also
risen from 75 per cent to 79 per cent since last year. The number of respondents
who believed that the Internet had made their business more effective rose from
51 per cent in 2001 to 60 per cent in 2002. (Source: NUA Internet Surveys, 31
Online revenue of Australian companies in 2001-2002 was $43 billion. This represents
a 43 per cent increase over the previous financial year. (Source: Cisco Systems,
Built for Business II, October 2002)
According to a study conducted by the Yellow Pages Business Index 56 per cent
of Australian SMEs have already recovered their financial investment in online
business. The proportion of SMEs that believe the Internet fulfils their expectations
has risen by 18 per cent to 68 per cent compared to a year ago. (Source: Yellow
Pages Business Index, July 2002)
3. The Internet provides new ways to generate revenue
Small businesses that make greater use of the Internet can enjoy positive outcomes
and in turn improve productivity throughout the Australian economy. An example
is Textbooks, a Melbourne business which stocks specialised and unique books.
The company set up a Web site. In its first year, the Web site generated an
additional revenue stream of online sales totalling $120,000.
4. The Internet reduces operating costs
IDC’s eWorld 2002 survey revealed that 42 per cent of 2,000 companies
questioned said their Internet e-commerce operations were a response to customer
demand and believed that using the Web boosted customer service. The top benefits
were “efficient internal processes, improved customer service and coordination
with suppliers, and improved competitive position”.
A global hotel chain in Australia generates savings of between 7 per cent and
11 per cent or approximately $30,000 to $50,000 per month, after purchasing
a portion of its inventory through a business-to-business exchange. Through
the exchange, the hotel chain purchases all goods and services required for
the operation of a hotel. Savings are made in time and costs. Time is saved
because it takes less time to place orders and in one instance, a national supplier
improved its price by 15 per cent as the hotel chain would provide total business
nationwide. (Source: australia.internet.com, 26 August 2002)
The number of people connecting to the Internet is rising and the numbers of
businesses reaping the benefits from electronic trade are rising. Your competitors
are enjoying these benefits.
The traditional barrier has been erased.
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