Europe continues to account for the largest share of the global business-to-consumer ecommerce market, with the UK leading the way, according to a new survey pubulished by European ecommerce umbrella organisation Ecommerce Europe. Total ecommerce revenues were up by almost a fifth to EUR311.6bn in 2012.
Hispanic shoppers are increasingly turning to their mobile devices to aid in the in-store shopping experience, according to a new study from The Integer Group and M/A/R/C Research.
Growing use of smartphones and tablets is influencing travel research and purchases, with 52 percent of consumers having used a mobile device to book travel in the last 90 days compared to 48 percent on a laptop, according to a new report.
Travelocity has rolled out a new feature for its mobile application that leverages the device's built-in camera to speed up the booking process. The update affects Travelocity's iPhone app. Mobile has played a big role for Travelocity in the past few years as consumers continue to take to their handsets to book their travels.
Mobile transactions have come a long way, but the purchasing process hasn't yet been conceptualized in a manner much different from its four-wheeled predecessor, the shopping cart. In most cases, even mobile shoppers add items to a virtual shopping cart and then pay at the "checkout." It's a long, archaic process that mobile developers are still struggling to overcome. Harper Reed is hoping to change that. The former chief technology officer for Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign revealed in a recent speech that he is leading a development team working to create a new mobile commerce app - one he …
In the Philippines, the adoption of mobile commerce is expected to be accelerated by the growing smartphone market. An Intel report reveals that the country is the fastest-growing smartphone market in South East Asia, while statistics from Mobile Monday shows the country is the 12th largest mobile market in the world. Meanwhile, World Bank's 2013 projection shows that the country's mobile penetration rate is expected to be at 114% by end of 2016.
Mobile payments have been picking up steam in Brazil. The Brazilian government has been taking steps toward making mobile payments more commonplace and has been introducing measures that may help regulate the mobile commerce field. Brazil's Ministry of Communications has been noting the sharp rise in use of mobile devices over the past year. According to the agency, mobile technology penetration throughout the country is powering the growing popularity of mobile payments.
The death of the lowly wallet has been predicted frequently by mobile payment providers and it's still hanging around. But now PayPal is providing some data on why it thinks the wallet is "doomed." PayPal released the findings from a global study it recently commissioned on consumers' attitudes towards various payment methods. Participants came from the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Canada and Australia. And based on their responses, the future of the wallet is indeed uncertain.
In 2012, the m-commerce market in China was worth $7.8 billion, but this year, it is expected that it will be worth considerably more, as the first quarter alone brought in $4.29 billion. It is expected that by the year 2015, the market will rise to reach $41.4 billion, which represents an astounding growth.
NFC technology has been seeing some turbulence among consumers and businesses over the past year. The technology had once been remarkably popular due to its use in mobile commerce, but has since fallen from grace due to the security concerns that surround it. Mobile commerce is not the only use for NFC, of course, but the technology has only seen modest use beyond this sector. While some companies have been moving away from NFC technology, makers of smartphones and tablets continue to show strong support for the technology.