Future Ecom – Exploiting digitisation to increase B2B e-commerce

It is estimated that in 2020 B2B e-commerce in EU will be twice as large as B2C in terms of sales which proves a huge unreleased potential for EU SMEs. There is a risk of being surpassed by frontrunners as most SMEs have not even taken the first step in this direction. Succeeding with B2B e-commerce requires a huge turn-around within the company's internal processes as this may scale up the turnover dramatically. Digitising and automating the internal processes of the SME is key to manage and keep up with the upscaling requirement of global e-commerce whilst ensuring economic profit.
Creating a Digital Single Market (DSM) is one of the top ten priorities of the European Commission. The overall objective is to bring down barriers, regulatory or otherwise unlock online opportunities in Europe to create one borderless market with harmonized legislation and rules for the benefit of businesses throughout Europe. This is stated by the EC in the 6 May 2015 DSM strategy aiming to remove key differences between the online and offline worlds and to break down barriers to cross-border online activity and thereby improve B2B e-commerce.
Future Ecom addresses:
- Policy makers and business support agencies across EU who need to fully understand the key barriers for SMEs to exploit and benefit from a global internet driven market place in general and enhance digitisation and automation in particular
- This is done by the exchange of experiences and good practices across 8 EU countries.
The Future Ecom partners include Coventry University Enterprises Limited (UK) coordinator, North Denmark Region (DK), Business and Innovation Centre Lippe-Detmold GILDE (DE), Chamber of Magnesia (EL), Lithuanian Innovation Centre (LT), NERSANT- Business Association of Santarem Region (PT), ERVET- Emilia-Romagna development agency (IT), Cursor Oy, Kotka-Hamina Regional Development Company (FI) and Regional Council of Kymenlaakso (FI).
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Marja Holopainen, Project manager, Cursor Oy, marja.holopainen@cursor.fi, 040 190 2514 

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The regional development company for Kotka-Hamina, Cursor Oy, reinforces the region's expertise, competitiveness and attractiveness by developing corporate business. We serve all business people in South Kymenlaakso as well as people with start-ups and companies relocating in the region with matters regarding starting and developing companies. www.cursor.fi is a web-based service maintained by Cursor Oy, with information on Cursor's services and functions as well as information on the Kotka-Hamina region. Use of the service is free of charge and it does not require registration. We will be happy to receive your feedback on the website at the address info@cursor.fi.

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