The origins of e-commerce can be traced back to the 1960s, when businesses started using Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) to share business documents electronically. However, the first true e-commerce transaction is believed to have occurred in 1994 when a man named Dan Kohn sold a Sting CD to a friend over the internet through a website called NetMarket.
In the mid-1990s, e-commerce began to gain popularity with the widespread adoption of the internet and the development of secure online payment systems. Companies such as Amazon and eBay emerged as major players in the e-commerce space, offering a wide variety of products for purchase online.
Since then, e-commerce has continued to grow and evolve, with mobile commerce (m-commerce) becoming increasingly popular, and social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram allowing businesses to sell products directly through their platforms.