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Consumers still wary of mobile commerce

Consumers are not completely comfortable with mobile payments yet

Consumers may be somewhat uneasy about making a mobile purchase, according to a recent survey from Baird Equity Research. Though mobile commerce has been gaining more attention, consumers still prefer to use more conventional forms of commerce when making purchases, especially in physical stores. Consumers may still be wary of the security issues that exist in the mobile commerce space, though many people have been growing more comfortable with the concept of making purchases with a mobile device.

Young consumers seem to be the most comfortable with the idea of mobile commerce and shopping online with smartphones

According to the survey from Baird Equity Research, four in 10 consumers in the United States have participated in mobile commerce. Approximately 10% of consumers said that they make an in-store purchase with their smartphones at least once a month. Three in 10 consumers said that they make a mobile payment online once a month or less. Those between the ages of 18 and 24 are the most likely to participate in mobile commerce as they are the demographic most comfortable with mobile technology.

Many people are concerned about security and lack of retail support

Consumers wary about mobile commerceThe majority of consumers are not convinced that mobile payments are better than more conventional forms of commerce. Using a credit or debit card or paying with cash is often considered simpler. Cash is also considered a safer way to pay for products by consumers that are not interested in mobile commerce. Some consumers do not participate in mobile commerce because retailers do not support in-store mobile payments, while others are concerned about their financial information being stolen and exploited by malicious groups.

Mobile payments will continue to grow in the future

Mobile payments are expected to gain more momentum in the coming years. New services are being released regularly and these platforms are becoming more secure. Retailers are also showing more support for the mobile space, where they see a great many opportunities to engage consumers that are eager to shop for and purchase products with their mobile devices.

Mobile payments are not trusted by consumers according to PayPal survey

Security is one of the primary reasons why consumers do not use their mobile devices to make payments.

A recent global study conducted by international e-commerce firm and digital payments platform, PayPal, has found that while the majority of consumers (78 percent) are in agreement that making payments online is simple, 42 percent of survey respondents are not interested in taking advantage of mobile payments, with the primary reason being consumers are worried about data security.

U.S. consumers feel more secure about sharing their financial information online than those in other countries.

Paypal surveyed more than 15,000 adults in 15 different countries to find out how people feel about online and mobile payments and how much time engaging in these transactions could save them in a cashless society.

The study found that compared to consumers in many other nations around the world, Americans were more comfortable sharing financial data online. PayPal’s senior director of global initiatives, Anju Nayar, said “The study shows that only 29 percent of the U.S. worries about sharing their data online, versus the global average of 59 percent, which shows how accustomed Americans have grown to the layers of security and the buyer protection companies like PayPal and others have built into the e-commerce experience.” It is because of these security and buyer protection measures that U.S. consumers feel comfortable, Nayar added.

Fear of payment information being stolen was the greatest online and mobile payments concern.

Mobile Payments - PaypPal Survey57 percent of survey participants in most countries said that the biggest frustration when it comes to online shopping is they are worried about theft of payment details. On the other hand, U.S. respondents (46 percent) were less concerned about their payment information being stolen than respondents of other nations. Also, while 29 percent of Americans are hesitant about data sharing on the net, this is a much lower percentage compared to the 59 percent global average.

In addition, the PayPal survey addressed the issue of using cashless payments when traveling. 85 percent of respondents said they would feel greater security if they could travel cash-free and 50 percent stated they would not be so worried about the possibility of money being lost or stolen.

That being said, although the survey may have revealed that on the whole, U.S. consumers may be less afraid of data theft compared to other countries, the global stats still show that consumers will not completely embrace mobile payments until they are confident their financial information is secure.