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1979

‘teleshopping’

teleshopping, eCommerce

Michael Aldridge invents ‘teleshopping’, a system connecting the television and a computer via a telephone line.

1979

‘teleshopping’

1982

The Boston Computer Exchange

The Boston Computer Exchange created an online market for the buying and selling of computers.

1982

The Boston Computer Exchange

1980s

Minitel

Minitel was a little box that the French connected via their phone line to get access to shopping, gaming, dating and even event bookings. Before its time but unfortunately, only the French have ever heard of it.

1980s

Minitel

1989

WWW

WWW eCommerce by t'works

World Wide Web is invented by Tim Berners-Lee during his work at CERN , pushed by his need to communicate more effectively with his colleagues in other universities and institutions around the world.

1989

WWW

1991

Websites

Code to set up websites and create software is made public. Website domain registrations increase.

1991

Websites

1992

The First Online Book Shop

Book Stacks Unlimited is the first online book shop.

1992

The First Online Book Shop

1995

Amazon

Amazon eCommerce by t'works

Jeff Bezos launches amazon.com.

1995

Amazon

1995

SSL

SSL protocol makes using the internet more secure and the number of domain registrations shoots up.

1995

SSL

1995

eBay

eBay eCommerce by t'works

eBay is set up

1995

eBay

1998

PayPal

PayPal arrives on the scene as a payment system for e-commerce.

1998

PayPal

1999

Alibaba

Alibaba is established in China.

1999

Alibaba

1999

Global e-Commerce

The value of global e-commerce is put at $150 billion.

1999

Global e-Commerce

2004

Facebook

Facebook first enters our lives.

2004

Facebook

2005

Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday e-Commerce by t'works

Amazon introduces Prime and Cyber Monday is born.

2005

Cyber Monday

2014

Apple Pay

Apple Pay arrives.

2014

Apple Pay

2017

E-commerce Around the Globe

E-commerce around the globe is now valued at $2.304 trillion.

2017

E-commerce Around the Globe

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