Google Answers Logo
View Question
Q: Earliest mention of the term E Commerce ? ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Earliest mention of the term E Commerce ?
Category: Business and Money > eCommerce
Asked by: hendo-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 17 Jun 2004 02:57 PDT
Expires: 17 Jul 2004 02:57 PDT
Question ID: 362362
What & when is the earliest mention of the term E Commerce on the
Internet of in any business publication ?


Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 17 Jun 2004 08:01 PDT
My searching shows the term beginning to appear in general business
literature in 1994.  However, there is no way of confirming that this
is the first time the term appeared in print in a business context.

Any earlier references all seem to be to addresses:  E. Commerce Drive, etc.

Should I post the first 1994 mention of e-commerce as an answer to your question.

Clarification of Question by hendo-ga on 17 Jun 2004 15:56 PDT
pafalafa - yes, pls post the earliest reference you have found as an
answer - thanks, hendo
Subject: Re: Earliest mention of the term E Commerce ?
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 17 Jun 2004 17:35 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars

The term "e-commerce" seems to have first appreared on the scene in
1994 in a smattering of published works.  Although it mostly found use
as a convenient shorthand of "electronic commerce" for use by headline
writers, it also began creeping into article text in 1994 as well. 
And once again, the federal government played a prominent role in
bringing this new aspect of the internet to the forefront.

Here are some of key uses of the term that I found by searching the
Factiva business news database for the terms [ e-commerce OR "e
commerce" ]:



21 September 1994
Corporate EFT Report 
Vol. 14, Issue: 18 

"The GSA has already published implementation guides for most EDI
transactions and an interagency task force will soon issue rules for
Federal e-commerce. The Clinton Administration's push for a
streamlined, electronic federal purchasing is right on schedule, and
electronic data interchange (EDI) traffic between the government and
its suppliers could begin this fall..."


U.S. encryption policy hurting E-commerce

5 December 1994
PC Week 

[this was a headline-only use of the does not appear in the
article text itself].



20 October 1994

[again...another headline-only use of the term.  The actual article
text looked like this:]

"Sterling Software has launched...its electronic commerce VAN, forming
part of a planned pan-European service roll-out. The Commerce:Network
will offer a complete suite of electronic commerce facilities...and
will support a number of advanced electronic commerce activities to
provide customers with competitive edge and cost benefits..."


[and on the first day of 1995, another headline-only use...]

Federal Blueprint for E-Commerce

1 January 1995
Industries in Transition 
Vol. 22, No. 9 ISSN: 0085-0003 
Business Communications Company, Inc. 

"Following up on President Clinton's initiative to reform the federal
government's procurement regulations, the U.S. General Services
Administration (GSA) and the Dept. of Defense (DOD) today released a
report outlining a blueprint for an electronic commerce acquisition
program throughout the federal government...."


So the little-known EFT report seems to win the prize for being the
first use of the term "e-commerce" and did so in the text of its
writing, rather than as a headline-only use.

And as they say....the rest was history.

Before rating this answer, please let me know if you need any
additional information on these cites -- or on anything else I've
mentioned here.  Just post a Request for Clarification if you need
anything else, and I'll be happy to assist you further.


Request for Answer Clarification by hendo-ga on 17 Jun 2004 23:29 PDT
pafalafa - all fine, thanks again, hendo

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 18 Jun 2004 05:48 PDT
Glad this was useful to you.  Hope to see you back here one of these days.

hendo-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
very proimpt & right on the button

Subject: Re: Earliest mention of the term E Commerce ?
From: eiffel-ga on 17 Jun 2004 05:32 PDT
Hi hendo,

I could not find an authoritative answer, however you may find this quote useful:

"The term, e-commerce was first used by Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory through a series of Department of Defense (DOD) projects to
establish paperless business transactions from the beginning to the

"Developing Comparison-Shopping Agent Systems" by C C Lee and others


Important Disclaimer: Answers and comments provided on Google Answers are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Google does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. Please read carefully the Google Answers Terms of Service.

If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by emailing us at with the question ID listed above. Thank you.
Search Google Answers for
Google Answers  

Google Home - Answers FAQ - Terms of Service - Privacy Policy