Report predicts significant growth in the US mobile commerce industry
Forrester Research has released a new report concerning the future of the mobile commerce industry in the United States. The report predicts that the sector will experience significant growth, as many consumers are beginning to use their mobile devices to shop online. In the coming years, retailers may find new opportunities to engage mobile consumers and find success, as this demographic is beginning to play a larger and more influential role in the retail industry overall.
More consumers will be shopping with their mobile devices in the coming years
According to the report, mobile commerce transactions are expected to surpass $115 billion this year, surging to $142 billion in 2016. Forrester Research predicts that there mobile devices will generate a 15% increase in e-commerce sales by 2020. Tablets, in particular, will account for 33% of e-commerce sales over the next few years. Consumers have shown that they favor tablet devices while shopping due to their larger screens, which allow for a more convenient shopping experience.
Converting mobile traffic into sales has proven to be difficult
The report shows that nearly one-third of the traffic that merchants are seeing come from mobile devices. The problem, however, is converting this traffic into actual sales. Approximately only 11% of this mobile traffic actually translates into sales. Many retailers have found it challenging to engage mobile consumers effectively. Consumers have reported problems with the mobile shopping experience overall, with slow download speeds and faulty mobile commerce systems being a significant barrier to completing a purchase.
Millennials could be the key to mobile commerce success
The United States has become a very prominent mobile commerce market, but if retailers cannot acclimate to the needs of consumers with smartphones and tablets, they may miss out on promising opportunities. Engaging Millennials may be the key to success, as these consumers have become a powerful force in the mobile commerce industry as a whole. The report from Forrester Research shows that 40% of those between the ages of 16 and 24, throughout the world, are using their mobile devices to shop online every month.