business usage of Intranets. The overall telecommunications infrastructure is in third place, while 
in the area of fax machines per 1,000 people (second place), and the availability of telephone 
mainlines (first place), Germany is again one of the leading countries in the world. Nevertheless, 
Germany only reached the tenth place on the overall network readiness index of the GIT report. 
This may be due to the low ranking of e government readiness (ranked 32 of 82 investigated 
countries), as well as insufficient IT education (place 48 of 82) in Germany (GITR 2003).   
IMPACT OF THE INTERNET AND E COMMERCE 
E commerce applications have become common tools to support and improve traditional, as well 
as new, Internet based business processes. While pure Internet based e commerce start ups have 
had to cope with extensive competition alongside established firms and brands while 
experiencing declining markets, traditional firms have installed and improved new e commerce 
solutions that were initially successfully developed by start ups. Based on EDI and ERP know 
how acquired over the last few decades, German firms have been able to profit from 
sophisticated e commerce applications. German businesses first decided to wait until e 
commerce applications had proven themselves successful, but they then, consequently, invested 
and implemented them in the last several years. A noticeable gauge for e commerce development 
in Germany is the e commerce readiness indicator published by The Economist. Germany has 
steadily improved its position over the last several years and ranks now in the eighth position. 
Aside from innovative but small European countries, only the US (first place) and UK (third 
place) are in front of Germany (Economist, 2002). 
T
ABLE 24  Impact of Doing Business Online
Wholesale/Retail 
Banking/ 
Manufacturing
a
Distribution
a
Insurance
a
 Total
a
Percent indicating impact is a 
great deal   
GER 
Global
b
GER 
Global
b
GER 
Global
b
GER 
Global
b
Internal processes more 
efficient 
41.2 37.5  44.2 32.2 22.8 33.8  41.8  33.9 
Staff productivity increased 
11.4 
25.9 
20.0 
27.6 
23.6 
29.6 
18.6 
27.2 
Sales increased 
12.1 
18.8 
20.8 
21.5 
21.4 
19.5 
19.1 
20.5 
Sales area widened 
19.7 
33.7 
34.7 
30.3 
31.2 
30.8 
31.5 
31.4 
Customer service improved 
22.9 
40.8 
37.2 
31.1 
50.9 
39.7 
35.5 
34.8 
International sales increased 
13.7 
24.0 
35.6 
18.5 
1.2 
9.1 
28.0 
19.5 
Procurement costs decreased 
1.3 
23.5 
14.8 
15.2 
1.3 
13.8 
11.2 
17.7 
Inventory costs decreased 
3.7 
16.0 
7.4 
13.1 
1.5 
12.8 
6.2 
14.0 
Coordination with suppliers 
improved 32.5 
32.7 
9.0 
28.9 
19.5 
25.2 
14.5 
29.8 
Competitive position 
improved 21.2 
34.1 
22.2 
27.5 
36.2 
30.9 
23.1 
29.8 
Notes:
a
Responses were weighted based on the total number of establishments by employee size within the sector for each 
country.  
 b 
Consists of weighted survey responses in 10 countries combined: United States, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, France, 
Denmark, Singapore, Taiwan, China and Japan.   
Source:  CRITO Global E Commerce Survey, 2002 
Therefore, the impact of the diffusion of the Internet and e commerce applications is now visible 
on both macro economic industry and micro economic firm levels (Table 24). A large 41.8% of 
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