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M-commerce market in Malaysia on revolutionary rise

Mobile commerce is expected to lead the growth of online payments adoption in Malaysia.

According to iPay88, the leading online payment service provider in South East Asia, Malaysia’s m-commerce market will lead the growth of online payments adoption through mobile shopping. The executive director of iPay88 Chan Kok Long said that mobile commerce is now the hot trend to watch and that based on the ratio of the company’s mobile traffic – including its total online payment transactions – digital payment transactions make up nearly 70 percent of the Malaysian market, reported Marketing Interactive.

The mobile commerce trend is expected to rise as the number of mobile device users increases.

Last year, iPay88 recorded that 3.7 million online shoppers who made purchases via its systems used a mobile device. Back in 2014, this number was only 2.0 million, clearly revealing that the growth of mobile shopping in the country is accelerating at a huge speed. So far, this year, iPay88 has reported that in the first quarter 1.6 million shoppers have already made purchase via mobile.

m-commerce market - mobile shopping growthWith the number of mobile users increasing in Malaysia, the m-commerce trend is forecasted to increase. In 2015, mobile penetration reached 136 percent with 47 percent of Malaysians using their mobile phones to shop online.

Additionally, iPay88 has also noticed an increase in the number of merchants actively promoting mobile purchases this year. The company also noted that the percentage of mobile traffic has risen significantly from 27 percent in 2014 to 38.4 percent in 2015 to 48.6 percent in 2016 so far.

Malaysia’s m-commerce market ranks third in terms of mobile shopping growth rate in Asia.

This statistic comes from a mobile shopping survey conducted last year, which revealed the country’s mobile shopping growth rate to be over 20 percent from 25.4 percent in 2012 to 45.6 percent in 2014.

Amazon, Apple, Google Play, Walmart and several other popular international online stores have recorded a growing number of consumers making purchases via mobile. However this doesn’t come as a surprise.

“No doubt the availability of cheap smart phones and laptops have made the Internet accessible to a whole new demographic. The advent of tablets and smart watches has also broadened the spectrum of Internet usage,” said iPay88’s executive director Chan Kok Long.

In terms of the m-commerce market in Malaysia, ticketing accounts for 35 percent of purchases made via smartphones, while marketplace/group buying makes up 29 percent. However, when it comes to airline tickets, these items are mostly purchased via tablets.

Mobile commerce takes off in Brazilian market

Using smartphones for purchasing a range of different kinds of items has become very popular in Brazil.

A recent study conducted on the mobile commerce market in Brazil has shown that shopping over smartphones is becoming increasingly popular within the country, particularly among young consumers who are shopping for the first time.

The research indicated that throughout 2015, there was an increase of 47 percent in m-commerce shoppers.

This is a dramatic rise in the number of people who are turning to mobile commerce in order to buy the products and services they want. The firm behind the study, E-bit, determined that shopping over smartphones made up a considerable 14.3 percent of the country’s online trading in 2015. When compared to the same figure from the year before, when it was 9.7 percent, that represents a very meaningful rise in this trend.

The research also indicates that 22 percent of online shoppers in Brazil have used mobile commerce.

Mobile Commerce Growth in BrazilThat said, the same research has also underscored the fact that 88 percent of online shoppers still prefer to buy products and services over their desktop and laptop computers. While they might use their mobile devices for researching products and doing price comparisons, the final purchase still tends to be made over traditional computers the majority of the time. This indicates that consumers prefer to use multiple devices to complete the entire shopping journey from the point that they decide they want something and start to look into it, to the point that they actually pay for the items in their digital shopping carts.

In 2015, e-commerce in the Brazilian market generated $10.9 billion in sales, which was an increase over 2014 by 15.3 percent. This shows that there has been a significant trend leaning toward purchasing products and services on digital devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers.

That said, the news when it comes to online shopping and mobile commerce isn’t all positive. Recent research also published by E-bit but that was produced by a separate study has shown that they predict the lowest growth rates in online shopping in 15 years as a result of the current economic situation being experienced in the country. Brazil is in a recession at the moment and consumers have been cutting back on their spending as a result of this condition.