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e-commerce

business carried out by electronic means. Now the subject of European Union legislation in the desire for a harmonized market and to ensure the free movement of ‘information society services’ across the European Community. That includes control of the ‘establishment’ of service providers; the regulation of commercial communications; electronic contracts; the liability of intermediaries; codes of conduct; out-of-court dispute settlements; court actions; cooperation between Member States. The focus of the UK implementing legislation is on a commercial communication which is a communication, in any form, designed to promote, directly or indirectly, the goods, services or image of any person pursuing a commercial, industrial or craft activity or exercising a regulated profession, other than a communication.

A person providing an information society service is obliged to make available to the recipient of that service certain information. A service provider is under a duty to ensure that any commercial communications constituting or forming part of an information society service which he provides complies with certain requirements. A service provider is under a duty to ensure that any unsolicited commercial communication sent by him is clearly and unambiguously identifiable as such as soon as it is received and to provide certain information where contracts are concluded by electronic means unless parties who are not consumers have agreed otherwise. More practical substance appears in relation to DISTANCE SELLING. Special provisions have been made to facilitate certain aspects of e-commerce, see e.g. CONDUIT, CACHING, HOSTING.

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Someone came from Sheffield yesterday to see me and bought three pairs of shoes!" Also currently at Clicks and Mortar, on St Mary's Gate in Manchester, is Torro (luxury leather phone cases, laptop bags and other leather goods); Swifty Scooters (premium fold-able kick scooters for adults); Foraging Fox (beetroot ketchups and natural mayo); Pic's Peanut Butter (top-quality nut butter from New Zealand); iQual Tech (headphones and speakers); and Coconut Merchant (ethical coconut oils and sweeteners).
"The internet can enhance your existing High Street brand, what people call clicks and mortar, or clicks and bricks.
The report, called Clicks and Mortar, predicts that the UK will outpace new net users in the States where figures double every year.
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Jacobson titled his speech "Clicks and Mortar"--the combining of existing print business (bricks and mortar) with online and e-commerce (clicks) models.
According to Americans for Tax Reform, such a contraction would deal a crippling blow to many online ventures, including traditional retailers now making the transition from "bricks and mortar" to "clicks and mortar."