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Digital spending is growing in China, thanks to mobile payments

Report highlights the impact that mobile payments are having on digital retail

Mobile payments are gaining momentum in China. According to a new report from Forrester Research, the country is becoming one of the most active and fastest growing mobile commerce markets in the world. The report notes that e-commerce spending is on the rise, powered by the growing number of people that are using their mobile devices to shop online and make purchases. By 2019, the Chinese online spending space is expected to reach more than $1 trillion.

Companies may benefit from more mobile commerce activity

This may be good news for companies like Alibaba and Tencent, which have become heavily involved in the mobile payments space. Both companies are currently vying for dominance among mobile consumers, with Alibaba holding a lead. Online retailers have been enjoying the growth in digital spending, as they have managed to find new ways to engage consumers in an effective manner.

China is the largest online retail market

China Mobile Payments GrowthChina is currently the world’s largest online retail market. In 2013, more than $307 billion in online sales were made throughout the country. According to Forrester Research, more than $440 billion is expected to have been made in online sales during the last year. The growing prevalence of mobile payments services is making this growth possible. Many payment firms have begun to emerge in China, looking to support the adoption of mobile commerce and make this sector more accessible to consumers. The country’s banks have also begun supporting mobile payments.

Mobile payments are expected to become more common and better supported in the coming years

In the coming years, China will likely continue proving itself to be a promising mobile commerce market. New mobile applications that support transactions are likely to become more common and consumers are expected to rely more on the Internet when they are shopping for products. As such, retailers are expected to place more focus on the mobile and digital spaces in the hopes of connecting with consumers that exist therein.

M-payments take off in China by 255 percent

A new report has shown that during the first quarter, alone, transactions reached the $623 billion mark.

According to a recent report that was released by the People’s Bank of China, m-payments were responsible for approximately $623 billion during the first quarter of 2014.

That market is clearly loving paying over mobile phones and consumers are rapidly adopting this tech.

The use of m-payments has skyrocketed in China by 255 percent during the first quarter, alone, when compared to the same quarter in 2013. This report underscores the trend toward mobile when it comes to the spending habits of consumers in China. This has made the country a world leader when it comes to the adoption and use of this technology, which has seen little more than struggles in convincing consumers to try it for the first time, let alone use it on a regular basis.

M-payments growth is to be expected in a market where 283 million smartphones will be shipped, this year.

In China, the use of the internet is also spiking at a similar pace, over both mobile devices and over laptops. Some of the primary evidence of this trend is over the giant, Alibaba, that has been pushing its products over both channels and which has seen a staggering 66 percent year over year growth within this year’s first quarter. Bolstered by mobile payments, that company brought in $3.1 billion in the first three months of 2014.China m-payments

That said, the achievement pales in comparison to last year’s Singles Day in November. That holiday is a celebration of being single. Tmall and Taobao – both companies owned by Alibaba – took in $5.75 billion in revenue during that single day. That brought about an increase of 80 percent in the sales that were experienced on that day, when compared to the year before. This has been greatly credited to the rise of the use of mobile devices for shopping.

A PwC survey that was conducted in China last year showed that at that time, shoppers in the country were already using their smartphones and tablets to buy on a daily basis, while 62 percent were doing so weekly. This was a 96 percent raise over 2012’s figures and makes it evident that m-payments – just like mobile commerce – will continue their popularity and growth in the country.