Black Friday proves to be a pivotal day for mobile and e-commerce
Black Friday has passed and was a resounding success for the retail industry, especially where e-commerce is concerned. comScore. a leading business analytics firm, had predicted that Black Friday would be a major success for retailers that embraced mobile consumers, largely due to the growing popularity of mobile commerce. The firm has released a new report concerning the online sales that occurred on Black Friday. The report documents the performance of e-commerce and shows the economic promise that mobile commerce represents.
Report shows online sales surpass $1 billion
According to the report, e-commerce sales on Black Friday surpassed $1 billion in the U.S. The feat is largely being attributed to the willingness of consumers to participate in mobile commerce. While physical stores saw a great deal of traffic, online platforms did as well. Many consumers took to e-commerce as a way to avoid crowds, while others did so to get the best deals they could find. comScore notes that the performance of this year’s Black Friday is an overall increase of 26% from last year’s Black Friday.
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Millions of consumers rely on online platforms for shopping
More than 57 million consumers visited e-commerce sites and made use of mobile commerce platforms. The majority of these consumers flocked to Amazon, where they were able to find an assortment of deals on products they wanted. Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Target, and Apple also saw a great deal of digital traffic on Black Friday. comScore notes that the fastest growing category of sales this holiday season has been digital content and subscription, as well as toys and consumers packaged goods. The comScore report shows that apparel and accessories were sold the most online during Black Friday, with computer hardware following closely behind.
Black Friday may add more momentum to mobile commerce
Black Friday was expected to be a time when mobile commerce would prove how viable it could be over traditional forms of commerce. The comScore report suggests that this has been accomplished, as both e-commerce and mobile commerce platforms were able to perform well for consumers. The success of Black Friday may encourage retailers to invest more heavily in mobile commerce in the future.