Rural Commerce to E-Commerce

Bringing jobs to rural counties is a continued struggle for remaining developers. Machines decrease the need for manual labor. Support for agriculture continues to fall even when land is plentiful. Farmers do not get enough assistance and younger generations do not aspire to continue family businesses of this kind. Counties like Crawford County, Georgia should embrace e-commerce as a means if generating revenue by expanding goods and services beyond local reach. We should educate residents of benefits and strategies to overcome barriers.

The potential benefits for rural sector enterprises include better access to commercial information, improved management decision-making, buying efficiencies, lower distribution costs, improved marketing linkages and increased productivity and profits. 

Although the rural sector is well placed to benefit from e-commerce, the adoption of e-commerce faces some considerable barriers including:

the natural conservatism of the sector to the introduction of new, not yet fully proven processes;

understanding of the implications of delayed introduction;

inadequate training to implement the process; and

concerns about the practicality, costs and security of unfamiliar arrangements.

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