Category: Mobile Payments

In store mobile payments were few on Black Friday

Cayan data revealed that Americans didn’t turn to their smartphones to complete transactions very much.

Transaction processing firm Cayan showed that in store mobile payments in the United States were low on Black Friday. Fortune Magazine reported on the data and indicated that even though mobile wallet use is rising, it is still tiny. That payment method represents only a very small percentage of the overall total.

In fact, the mobile wallet use in store on Black Friday made up only 0.6 percent of sales.

The Cayan in store mobile payments data suggests a 100 percent year over year usage increase. However, it still shows that the percentage it represents of the total is only just a fragment above being entirely insignificant. The only reason that percentage meant anything at all was because the total sales on all payment methods on Black Friday was such a large figure.

In Store Mobile PaymentsDespite that fact, this makes it very clear that mobile payment adoption remains an exceptionally slow process. It is far from being mainstream as of yet.

Other data has shown that some in store mobile payment methods are more successful than other.

PYMNTS and InfoScout data showed that the use of the Apple Pay mobile wallet is actually declining in popularity. Their data revealed that over the last year, the growth rate for usage has slowed down.

Data from October 2016 showed that only 23 percent of consumers with an appropriate iPhone had actually tried the mobile wallet. That was essentially the same statistic that was recorded back in March 2016.

Moreover, mobile wallet use while in-store has not been doing much better. It has not been keeping up with the rate of growth of m-commerce as a whole. Still, even though there is a low conversion rate, PayPal recorded some strong figures over the holiday weekend that launched the shopping season. About 1 in 3 online purchases using PayPal were made over mobile.

Similarly, Adobe recorded that 45 percent of traffic to retail sites came from smartphones and 25 percent of e-commerce sales were from mobile devices. This suggests that customers are using their smartphones, they simply aren’t using in store mobile payments quite yet.

PayPal mobile commerce represented 1 in 3 Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales

Of all the online orders processed by the payment platform, one third were transacted over mobile.

According to new PayPal mobile commerce data, one third of online purchases on Thanksgiving and Black Friday using that payment method were from smartphones or tablets.

Mobile devices made up one third of the total payment volume over PayPal on those two days.

These PayPal mobile commerce statistics also help to illustrate the importance of that payment platform to e-commerce as a whole. It is clear that consumers are using this transaction method on an increasing basis to complete their online purchases. When it comes to some of the top shopping days of the year such as Thanksgiving and Black Friday, that can make a significant impact on retailers’ bottom lines.

PayPal mobile commerceThe recent data suggesting that one third of PayPal payments for online purchases on those two days only underscores reports from other sources. Data analyses from other firms also suggest a similar trend where mobile accounted for about a third of Black Friday online spending.

The PayPal mobile commerce figures align very closely with the data from Adobe regarding Black Friday.

Adobe’s data pointed out that online sales during that one shopping day broke the $3 billion mark. It also pointed out that mobile devices accounted for just over a billion of those transactions.

The new figures from PayPal only add more weight to the confirmation of that trend. This also helps to provide insight into a larger part of the market, as its data adds to that from other payment methods.

PayPal currently has more than 192 million active customers as well as 15 million active merchants.

The shopping trend for both Thanksgiving Day as well as Black Friday revealed that about one third of its online purchases were through PayPal mobile commerce. This helps to show that it was not just a single day blip but that it may be a consistent trend in online shopping. This was particularly true as the total payment volume was not the same on both days. Still, the percentage of mobile shopping remained steady despite the difference in total spending.