Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Around The Net

  • Canadian Retailers Challenged by MobileMobile Commerce Press

    Canadian retailers may be in for a turbulent holiday season. Price wars and consumers skittish about mobile and e-commerce may put retailers under significant strain this year during the months of November and December. The growing prevalence of mobile commerce, in particular, may make it harder for some retailers to find traction with many people. These retailers have been investing heavily in their mobile infrastructure, but they may not see returns due to the fact that many consumers are not yet comfortable with the idea of shopping online with a mobile device. ...Read the whole story

  • Payments Startup Turns to Smartphone SignatureLet's Talk Payments

    Mobile payments startup Sign2Pay has come up as a new challenger in the mobile commerce space. It is implementing mobile payments by using your actual signature. Some unique identifiers in the user’s personal signature are used to authorize a transaction. This new payment method was developed by Belgian Telenet with the help of the Idea Labs accelerator program. The company officially launched the new payment method at the TechCrunch Disrupt event in London. Sign2Pay wants to simplify the mobile shopping experience by doing away with bank card readers. It has incorporated support for accounts of more than 3,700 European banks.  ...Read the whole story

  • Consumers Prefer Smartphones for Personal Appointments, Says StudyMobile Commerce Daily

    Most Americans prefer to schedule personal appointments by using mobile applications, email, text messaging or Web sites, a Google Consumer Survey shows, reflecting the increasing use of mobile in daily activities. The study, commissioned by PencilAppoint.com, an appointment-scheduling Web site and app, also showed that almost a third of Americans would like to use mobile apps, e-mail or text messages to confirm appointments with their dentists and doctors. ...Read the whole story

  • Retailer Sees Convergence of Digital and StoresNRF

    Not too long ago, “showrooming” was a subject that left retailers on edge, maybe even scared. That’s not the case today, even though 72 percent of consumers are showrooming. That’s because 62 percent of those shoppers start their research on that retailer’s website or app, according to eBay Head of Retail Innovation Healey Cypher. Better yet, 78 percent of shoppers have researched products on their laptops or mobile devices before heading to a store to make a purchase — a practice called “webrooming.” ...Read the whole story

  • Alibaba Partners to Boost Its Mobile OSPC World

    Android may still be the most popular mobile OS in China, but local e-commerce giant Alibaba Group continues to offer its own alternative, and has just landed its biggest partner yet. Chinese smartphone maker Meizu will use Alibaba’s YunOS mobile operating system to power its own handsets, it announced Tuesday. Previously, Meizu ran a customized version of Android called Flyme OS on its smartphones, but said Alibaba’s software could offer better security and performance, including longer battery life. ...Read the whole story