Retailers cannot ignore mobile commerce any longer, as more consumers use their devices to shop online
Mobile commerce has become a powerful force throughout the world and may now be something that retailers can no longer ignore. Retail e-commerce has been on the rise for some time, and more consumers are beginning to use their mobile devices to shop online and purchase products. Numerous merchants have reported a significant rise in their mobile traffic over recent years, with spikes in this traffic occurring between November and December, as consumers do their holiday shopping.
Many consumers are expected to use their mobile devices to shop for products during the holiday season
According to a recent report from eMarketer, retail e-commerce is expected to see a surge during this year’s holiday season. The report estimates that online sales will reach $79.4 billion this year, an increase of more than 13% from what was recorded in 2014’s holiday season. Mobile commerce is expected to play a role in this growth in sales, as more consumers will be using their smartphones and tablets to make purchases. These devices also allow shoppers to avoid large crowds, which would otherwise slow their shopping experience.
Mobile commerce sales are expected to spike by 32% over what they were last year
This year, eMarketer expects that mobile commerce sales will jump by 32%. Mobile devices now have larger screens, which improve the shopping experience. The convenience of mobile commerce has also proven to be an attractive concept for many consumers. Mobile shoppers are expected to use their devices to research products and find special deals, which can help them save money on their holiday purchases.
Consumers prefer to use mobile apps over web browsers when shopping from a mobile device
Consumers are becoming more accustomed to mobile commerce as a whole. A recent survey from PayPal found that 47% of those that have used their mobile devices to shop online prefer doing so in applications rather than through a web browser. Apps appear to streamline the mobile shopping experience, making it easier for consumers to find and purchase products that they may be interested in.