Mobile commerce has a strong showing on Mega Monday in the UK

Mega Monday proves attractive to mobile shoppers

IBM Digital Analytics has released a new report concerning the performance of mobile commerce in the United Kingdom on the famous “Mega Monday” shopping event. Mega Monday fell on November 25 this year and is quite popular among consumers because of the special deals and discounts retailers tend to offer on that particular day. This year, consumers appeared to have favored shopping with their mobile devices rather than participate in traditional forms of commerce, largely due to convenience issues.

42% of online retail traffic came from mobile devices on Mega Monday

According to the report, online sales rose by 33.5% on Mega Monday over what they had been during the same day of 2012. Approximately 42% of all online traffic came from mobile devices, a 68% increase over 2012’s online retail traffic volume. The majority of this traffic resulted in a sale, with consumers taking advantage of the deals that were being offered by retailers during Mega Monday.

Tablets are ideal for mobile shopping

Mobile Commerce UK - Mega MondayThe report shows that many people favored their tablets over their smartphones when it came to mobile shopping. This is largely due to the more accommodating nature of tablets. The large screens of these devices make it easier for consumers to navigate retail sites, thereby making it easier to find and purchase products that they are interested in. Smartphones remain popular among most consumers, however, due to their convenient size.

Retailers look to mimic the success of the past

The holiday season has long been a significant time of year for retailers. Over the past two years, retailers have been putting more focus on the mobile sector, and this has been paying off for many companies. In 2011 and 2012, retailers saw a significant increase in revenue due to their proclivity for engaging mobile consumers. Many are hoping to mimic this success this year by ramping up their mobile commerce initiatives.

Tablet commerce market to expand dramatically next year

A Canalys report has revealed that these devices will make up a full half of all computers in 2014.

According to the research firm, Canalys, tablet commerce will soon have the potential to reach quite an explosive point, as these devices work their way toward dominance in the computing environment, worldwide.

They have predicted that these smaller screen devices will make up half of the entire market.

In fact, Canalys has said that tablet commerce will expand to the point that these devices will out ship nearly all other forms of personal computers combined. This will mean that they will make up almost half of the total consumer personal computer marketplace, which includes tablets, notebooks, laptops, and computers.

Already, this year, the computing marketplace growth is greatly driven by tablet commerce.

Tablet Commerce GrowthIn the third quarter of this year, the worldwide client PC market increased by an estimated 18 percent. Even as desktop, notebook, and laptop shipments were starting to decline, the adoption of tablets allowed that market to continue its expansion. In fact, in that quarter, those shipments were already making up about 40 percent of all PCs. This was under half a million units behind the worldwide shipments of notebooks and laptops.

Canalys’s tablet commerce forecasts for 2014 are that 285 million units will be shipped. It has also predicted that this figure will increase by the year 2017 until it reaches 396 million. The leaders are predicted to be Samsung and Apple, which will maintain their dominance over the medium future, but as competition continues to grow in this market space, they are both expected to experience considerable challenges.

Apple has been able to keep its own top spot throughout this year, so far. The last quarter is expected to strengthen that manufacturer’s position because of the recent introduction of the newest iPad Air and the iPad Minis. However, Canalys also stated, through Tim Coulling, a Senior Analyst, that “Apple’s decline in PC market share is unavoidable when considering its business model. Samsung narrowly took the lead in EMEA this quarter and Apple will lose its position to competitors in more markets in the future.”

Coulling also pointed out that Apple is among a small number of companies that are actually making money from tablet commerce device sales, so far.