Businesses rely heavily on extranet Web sites for e-commerce

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Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.—Businesses are relying more heavily on extranet Web sites to conduct e-commerce, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Computing Technology Industry Association.

The survey of b-to-b e-commerce buyers and suppliers found 74% use extranet Web sites for a portion of their b-to-b buying and selling, and 31% said their extranet Web site buying and selling had increased over the past year.

Seventy-seven percent said the shift to extranet Web sites is less beneficial than other b-to-b buying and selling mechanisms.

CompTIA said the shift to extranets can have a negative impact on both the supplier and customer in areas such as efficiency, accuracy, cost and partner relationships.

—Carol Krol

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