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Tablet Commerce is seen as increasingly vital to online sales

Although smartphones provide a very important channel, it’s the larger screens that bring in the big sales.

While smartphones may be attracting a great deal more attention from the media than tablet commerce, the story is notably different when it comes to the perspective of the retailer.

These merchants have recognized that the larger screens are the most important place for focus.

Tablet commerce is vital to retailers because these bigger mobile devices are used by consumers to do more of their online retail browsing than smartphones. Even though the penetration rate of smartphones is greater than that of tablets among consumers in the United States, the larger screens make up notably more retail traffic and sales than the smaller counterparts.

It is this knowledge that makes tablet commerce the most important channel in mobile.

BI Intelligence has recently released a report that examined the entire mobile commerce environment and determined that retailers have taken their time in differentiating between the performance of tablets and of smartphones. M-commerce as a whole and the individual branch of t-commerce provide different results, and merchants are only just now starting to recognize this and take action on what they know.Tablet Commerce and Online Shopping

The report has made some recommendations for retailers and where they should be placing their focus in order to respect the importance of tablet commerce. The reason that they feel that they should prioritize the larger screen include:

• Higher order values than those made over smartphones and four times the overall revenue (at an average order value of $151 over tablets and $124 over smartphones).
• More overall traffic from larger screen devices.
• Greater retail traffic as consumers prefer visiting retail websites over tablets than over smartphones.
• Improved conversion rates as larger mobile devices convert seven times more than smaller when it came to paid search clicks in the United States. The iPad brought in the vast majority of those conversions.
• Better user demographic, as tablet computers are more likely to be owned by consumers and households that are within the higher income bracket, which are key targets for retailers.

Tablet commerce expectations are sky high for Jackthreads

Jackthreads - Tablet CommerceThe retailer expects that its mobile sales will increase beyond 50 percent with its new iPad app.

The flash sale, members only online retailer, Jackthreads, has already been reporting considerable successes over the mobile channel in terms of its sales, and is now sending its expectations sky high as it focuses on tablet commerce through its new iPad app.

The company already boast 4 million members, made up primarily of younger men.

Those customers have eagerly downloaded the smartphone apps for iPhone and Android over 2 million times, says the company. Now, it has expanded its application offerings by creating a tablet commerce app available for iPad users who would prefer to shop for products using a larger screen than smartphones.

The tablet commerce app complements the smartphone applications and the mobile website.

Currently, the company is reporting that 40 percent of its sales are generated through the use of smartphones through its app and m-commerce website. It now believes that its tablet commerce experience – through the launch of the iPad app – will be tremendously popular and will drive the mobile figure up to a full 50 percent or more.

Using the tablet commerce application will allow the company’s members to be able to swipe and browse through approximately 1,000 different brands and themed shops. The design of the iPad app picks up from the original layout that the company has been using for smartphones, and goes from there.

Jackthreads does have reason to have such high expectations for its tablet commerce experience through the new app. At the moment, approximately 5 percent of the total traffic to the company’s standard website comes from iPad devices. Moreover, those shoppers have conversion rates that are three times better than other types of mobile device. Their average orders are also 40 percent greater than other mobile device shoppers.

If the iPad tablet commerce app is truly capable of driving the mobile sales share over the 50 percent mark, this will be the first time that it has occurred in the history of the company, according to the co-founder and CEO of the Thrillist Media Group (operator of Jackthreads), Ben Lerer.