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By Jennifer Kraft Telling retailers that the Internet eliminates barriers and forces them to think of their business plans and marketing strategies in terms of the new, global economy is kind of like telling them that it would be a good idea to have some DVD players on hand this Christmas—it's all pretty obvious and the message has been reiterated again and again and, well, again. But just because international consumers have access to a retailer's Web site and a retailer has access to an international supplier's does not mean that the process is easy. In fact, the complexities of foreign trade are so great

By Jennifer Kraft CE business-to-business Web sites are on the rise, seeking to provide a forum or outlet for businesses to purchase or purge inventory. While consumer-oriented e-commerce garners the glitzy media attention, the Internet's impact on business-to-business, or B2B, operations is growing. According to a study by the Gartner Group, Inc., in 1999, worldwide B2B e-commerce reached $145 billion, while the North American region accounted for $91 billion or 63 percent. Here's a rundown of CE-oriented B2B sites connecting manufacturers, retailers and, in some cases, consumers. Click here to view a B2B E-Commerce Directory's Web site lets businesses create their own

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