Mobile commerce is growing in Europe
Commerce is changing around the world, driven partly by the growing proliferation of mobile technology. Mobile devices are enabling consumers to shop and make purchases in a new way. Initially, the concept of mobile commerce was relatively unpopular due to the perceived inconvenience of using smartphones and tablets to replace traditional forms of currency. Mobile commerce has proven, however, to be extremely popular among consumers. This much became evident during the 2012 holiday season, where mobile commerce found a great deal of traction with consumers in several parts of the world.
Report highlights the progress e-commerce is making in Italy
The Netcomm Observatory has published a new report concerning the growth mobile commerce has seen in Italy. Mobile commerce activity has been relatively low in the country, but consumers are growing more acclimated to the prospect of using their mobile devices to purchase products. The report from Netcomm shows that e-commerce users reached a peak of 14 million during the Christmas holiday of 2012. Many of these consumers were involved in mobile commerce, purchasing and shopping for products from their smartphones and tablets.
Italy’s commerce scene is beginning to change
The report notes that mobile commerce sales in Italy last year came in at approximately $9.6 billion, with most of these sales being made during the holiday season. The report also notes that mobile commerce and e-commerce have been showing promising progress this year. According to the report, e-commerce sales are estimated to be more than $11.3 billion so far this year. Many of these sales have also been made through mobile commerce platforms.
Europe continues to see a revolution in commerce
Mobile commerce is beginning to pick up momentum in Italy and has yet to show signs of slowing down. Netcomm expects that mobile commerce alone with account for more than $430 million in sales this year and this does not account for the sales made through tablet devices. This trend is not unique to Italy, of course, as mobile commerce is has been making strong progress throughout Europe.