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Mobile commerce growth rate hit 40 percent in 2016

An Astound Commerce survey showed that people are shopping on smartphones more than ever.

The results of a new mobile commerce growth rate study have been released by Astound Commerce. The study was based around a survey titled “Mobile Accelerates to the Express Lane.”

The report illustrated the m-commerce sales trend in the United States and where they will reach this year.

The study results indicated that the American Mobile commerce growth rate would bring sales to $130.92 billion by the close of the year. This means that it will make up 33 percent of the overall e-commerce sales completed this year. Moreover, in the prior 12 months, there was a 40 percent year over year increase in discretionary spending in mobile commerce. In e-commerce, that figure was markedly lower, at 11 percent.

The mobile commerce growth rate also impacted other parts of the shopping process aside from purchases.

Mobile Commerce Growth RateThe Astound Commerce report indicated that buying was only one component of the mobile commerce journey. People are also using their smartphones to research products. Among the survey respondents, 40 percent said they read their emails and would frequently visit retailer sites at the same time. Moreover, another 40 percent said smarphones make the shopping transaction process faster.

Consumers have developed a heavy reliance on their mobile devices. They will frequently consult their small screen gadgets before other channels. This includes both shopping in-person at brick and mortar stores and visiting e-commerce sites. Fifty five percent of device users will research products on their smartphones ahead of going to a store in-person. Moreover, 42 percent said they look into products on their smartphones and tablets while in-store.

The mobile commerce growth rate was greatly influenced by certain specific factors. For instance, 68 percent of shoppers feel relevant product search results are important. Fifty nine percent value seeing high-quality product images. Another 49 percent said they appreciate it when detailed product reviews are made available for them to read before purchase. A whopping 98 percent felt it was important for consistency to exist throughout all channels. A product’s price should be the same from a given merchant regardless of whether the purchase is made over m-commerce, e-commerce or in person.

Most Millennials use in-store mobile commerce while shopping

Recent research shows that this generation uses their devices even when in real world shops.

According to the results of a new study, 84 percent of millennials are using in-store mobile commerce. This means that despite the fact that they’re shopping in a bricks and mortar store, they’re also using their smartphones. That statistic only underscores the importance of retail mobile features.

The “mobile generation” is heavily influenced by the use of their smartphones while in store.

That said, even though many millennials are shopping using in-store mobile commerce, retailers shouldn’t feel threatened. This, according to Alliance Data, the firm behind the study. Alliance Data says this is an opportunity for retailers to benefit. If merchants embrace the use of mobile shopping by customers while they are in-store, they may be able to better guide the experience. This could provide them with a significant advantage.

The majority of millennials use in-store mobile commerce to find cheaper or easier ways of buying.

In-store mobile commerce - Millenials and mobile shoppingKnowing this can mean that retailers may be able to use the mobile shopping experience to prove they’re the best option. The survey data showed that one in three (34 percent) of millennials use their mobile devices to check product information. More than one in five (22 percent) use their smartphones to talk to friends about a product or service they’re considering.

“Retailers need to embrace mobile as part of the path to purchase,” said Alliance Data senior analyst of strategic insights group, Tom Colven. When a shopper is using a smartphone for shopping purposes while in-store, it is likely that they are trying to determine whether the store’s price for a certain product is a good one and what their peers think of the purchase. “Any brick-and-mortar retailers that do not embrace mobile at this point and latch on to key moments…risk being left behind by competitors,” said Colven.

The role played by smartphones doesn’t stop with in-store mobile commerce. After a purchases is made, the influence expands. The research showed 16 percent share that they have made the purchase over social media. Shopping experience details and unboxing information is also commonly shared.