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Mobile commerce is growing quickly in the UK

New report shows that online retail sales are growing due to mobile shopping

Mobile commerce is powering growth in online retail sales in the United Kingdom, according to a new report from IMRG and Capgemini. The report shows that online retailers are beginning to see a surge in mobile traffic and sales. Consumers are using their smartphones and tablets to do their shopping more regularly, which has lead to an increase in mobile commerce and has opened new opportunities for retailers to engage mobile consumers.

40% of online retail sales are coming from mobile devices

According to the report from IMRG and Capgemini, some 40% of online retail sales are being made through mobile devices, up from 37% that was reported in the previous quarter. Mobile spending is growing quickly, as more online retailers take steps to accommodate the needs of mobile consumers. The report notes that 25% of mobile commerce sales are completed through smartphones, while 75% of these sales are made through tablets.

Tablets are favored among mobile shoppers because they offer a more enjoyable shopping experience than smartphones

Mobile Commerce UK GrowthTablet devices appear to be favored among mobile shoppers. This could have to do with the larger screens of tablets. A large screen allows for more control and is more aligned with the design features of mobile retail sites. This provides a more enjoyable shopping experience for consumers, many of whom have shown favor for mobile commerce because of its convenient nature. Retailers are taking steps to be more accommodating to smartphone users, some of whom have suggested that the shopping experience on some mobile sites is subpar.

Demand for in-store mobile commerce support is growing among consumers

While online sales are growing quickly because of mobile commerce, in-store mobile sales are lagging behind. Relatively few retailers support mobile payments at their physical locations, but this could change in the coming years. New services are making it possible for retailers to accept these payments in their stores, and demand for such support is growing quickly among consumers that are interested in mobile commerce.

Mobile payments set to hit a new high during the holidays in the UK

Report shows that online spending will grow significantly during Christmas and Boxing Day

IMRG, an online retail association, along with Experian, have released a new report concerning the online retail spending in the United Kingdom. The report predicts that Christmas shopping will be particularly active this year, with approximately $650 million in spending coming in on Christmas Day and nearly $800 million coming in on Boxing Day, which follows Christmas. The report suggests that smartphones and tablets will be the driving forces behind holiday shopping.

Mobile commerce continues to gain momentum in the United Kingdom

Many consumers in the United Kingdom have become quite fond of mobile commerce. Using smartphones and tablets to shop online and at physical stores had once been a sort of gimmick that retailers had supported to set themselves apart from their competition. Now, retailers that do not support mobile payments in some fashion could be missing out on a major opportunity to engage consumers. As such, many retailers have begun embracing the mobile space over the past year, preparing themselves for the holiday shopping season.

Holidays may be a turning point for the retail industry

Mobile Payments - Holdiay SeasonAccording to Powa Technologies, the holiday season will show that the retail industry must become more mobile-centric in the future. The company notes that a record $850 million was spent during Black Friday this year. This combined with the predicted $1.3 billion in online sales during Christmas and Boxing day may help retailers better understand the importance of the mobile space. As such, the holidays may serve as a major turning point for many retailers that have not yet been convinced of the value of mobile commerce.

Retailers that have mobile-centric promotional offers find more success among mobile consumers

A growing number of consumers are looking for discounts offered by retailers on their mobile devices. Some retailers have launched promotional initiatives in order to engage the mobile audience specifically. These retailers have found that they were able to attract the attention of mobile consumers more effectively, which increased mobile spending activity.