Research and Markets: M-Commerce: Opportunities, Challenges, and Inevitability

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Insight into mcommerce opportunities

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “M-Commerce: Opportunities, Challenges, and Inevitability” report to their offering.

Today, mobile devices are capable of performing most of the same functions as a traditional personal computer. From Internet browsing to word processing, online chat to digital media management, smartphones and tablets are replacing PCs as consumers’ default computing devices.

Unsurprisingly, this trend is affecting online shopping and payments in a significant way. Consumers are realizing that their mobile devices are not only fully able to conduct e-commerce but are also, in many ways, more convenient and efficient than PCs at doing so.

The report details the significance of mobile devices to online commerce, as well as the advantages and challenges of m-commerce that are unique to the mobile platform. The research also compares mobile apps with mobile optimized websites, analysing how the two approaches to tailoring e-commerce to the mobile platform fit into the mobile strategies of various types of merchants. Finally, the report profiles a number of innovative ways that merchants are utilizing the mobile platform to provide a unique shopping experience for their customers.

“While proximity-based wallets are receiving the lion’s share of the publicity, mobile e-commerce (or m-commerce) is witnessing the vast majority of transaction volume,” says Dave Kaminsky, senior analyst in Mercator Advisory Group’s Emerging Technologies Advisory Service and author of the report. “As m-commerce transaction volume continues to grow, the most important concept merchants need to understand is that they have no control over whether or not they participate. Anytime a consumer accesses an e-commerce site using a mobile device, that merchant is participating in m-commerce. What merchants have control over is the m-commerce experience they provide for their consumers.”

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