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Mobile commerce sales reached $24 billion over the holidays

A new Adobe Digital Insights report showed that smartphones played a considerable role in online shopping.

Mobile commerce sales came to just over $24 billion throughout the holiday shopping season this year. In fact, Adobe Digital Insights data showed that smartphones and tablets brought in that amount from November 1 through December 24.

That doesn’t include online purchases made over mobile devices at the last moment before Christmas.

Among all the mobile commerce sales this holiday season, smartphones were behind the vast majority. In fact, 68 percent of m-commerce purchases came from smartphones. Tablets were responsible for the remaining 32 percent. This represents a shift in usage as it looks as though people are now leaning toward their phones when they previously preferred the larger screened mobile devices.

Retail mobile commerce sales from smartphones brought in $16.63 billion, with $7.92 billion from tablets.

Mobile Commerce SalesDuring the holiday shopping period, mobile devices were used for 31 percent of online retail sales, said the Adobe Digital Insights data. The remaining 69 percent of online purchases from retailers was through laptops and desktops. Last year, mobile shoppers represented 28 percent of purchases and in 2014, they made 19 percent of the purchases.

Adobe Digital Insights analysts predict that m-commerce will continue to take on a rising share of online sales. In fact, they stated that it is likely that this trend would have kicked in as early as the winding down of the holiday season. The reason is that from December 21 onward, many people were attending holiday functions and were more likely to have a smartphone in hand than to be seated at a work computer.

The report pointed out that the current mobile shopping experience still involves a certain degree of friction. This is primarily the result of the increased challenges involved in filling in purchase forms online. That said, it also underscored the fact that a growing number of retailers are working on improving that experience.

Retail mobile commerce sales could greatly benefit from the reduction of that friction. Some retailers are looking into options such as payment card information capture through the device camera, for example.

Retail m-commerce is not reaching its potential

An Adobe report has indicated that mobile shopping could be a great deal more but retailers are holding back.

While retail m-commerce has been moving forward, according to Adobe, it could be doing a great deal better. The firm’s data from Europe showed that traffic to retailer sites isn’t reaching its potential.

Europe saw an increase of 54 percent year over year in its mobile retail traffic from smartphones.

Adobe published its European retail m-commerce data in its 2016 Mobile Retail Report. Beyond traffic, smartphone based shopping has also led to an 89 percent increase in its revenue growth since last year. This is far greater than the increase in revenue growth experienced via desktop – at 8 percent – and tablets – at 10 percent.

retail m-commerce - shopping on tabletStill, as much as the growth in revenues is significant, mobile commerce conversions aren’t nearly great enough to balance the slipping growth rates in the use of tablets and desktops. Europe saw a consistent increase in smartphone traffic throughout Europe. However, the average retailer experienced very little overall online traffic growth.

The boost in retail m-commerce isn’t actually driving up the use of online shopping overall.

On average, European retailers saw a year over year traffic increase of only 3 percent when taking all channels into account. Tablet traffic slid by 8 percent and desktop traffic fell by 7 percent. The smartphone growth rate was by far the highest but it was not adequate to make up for what was lost over other devices.

That said, the online retail revenue growth rate was healthy at 13 percent over last year. This was primarily built on the foundation of desktop purchases, which continue to represent the vast majority of online purchases.

Desktops brought in 74 percent of total online revenue, despite the fact that they represent a notably lower 58 percent of traffic. Clearly, the conversion rate over desktop is significantly higher than over other devices.

Smartphone retail m-commerce represented 12 percent of total online revenue but 27 percent of the traffic to retail sites across Europe. The average order value over desktop was also far greater than over smartphones. In that area, desktop outperformed smartphones by a sizeable 25 percent.