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The Internet promises to affect the sale and distribution of building materials in the near future. What is the online model for building materials? There really isn't one. But it may surprise you that more than 80% of builders and remodelers view the Internet as a viable way to buy products and transfer information.

Four basic elements establish the conduits that will carry the industry into online purchasing and distribution:

  1. Secure access links
  2. Online quotes
  3. Credit applications
  4. An online catalog

The article includes information about basic features an e-commerce site should have: vital company information, links to other resources, and a "contact us" mechanism.