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Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of March 30, 2014

The Mobile Commerce News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile commerce and marketing, mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking, mobile ads and mobile security that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information.

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The Amazon Seller mobile app, which launched earlier this month, allows sellers to quickly create new product listings and respond to customer inquiries. The app also allows users to estimate the profit generated from future sales, after factoring in fulfillment costs.  Read Original Content

Starbucks has released a new application for the iOS platform. The application allows consumers to tip their baristas at Starbucks stores from a mobile device. The app is meant to allow consumers more flexibility in the way they interact with the company and its employees.  Read Original Content

According to the results of a recent Millennial Media study, global mobile ad spending is rising extremely quickly, as it had reached $17.96 billion in 2013, having more than doubled since the year before, and now it is expected to nearly double once again this year.  Read Original Content

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A new report from Experian Marketing Services shows mobile commerce is beginning to outpace e-commerce in some product categories.  Read Original Content

MobStac, a leading mobile cloud platform company, announced the addition of a new set of mobile commerce features capable of providing consumers with a universal shopping experience across all devices.  Read Original Content
M-Commerce sales worldwide were estimated to top 100 billion euros last year as the increasing penetration of smartphones and tablet computers fuels the spread of mobile shopping, according to the Global M-Commerce 2014: Smartphones and Tablets report.  Read Original Content

MasterCard has partnered with Monitise, makers of a popular mobile banking and payments platform. Together, the two companies will work to deliver a new mobile payments service designed to be used by financial institutions throughout the world.  Read Original Content

The size of the global mobile marketing share from Facebook, which had been just over $3 billion, last year, is now maintaining a steady climb and is expected to start to cut into the share that had previously been held by Google, reports eMarketer.  Read Original Content

Research firm Gartner estimates mobile payments will top $720 billion a year by 2017, up from $235 billion last year.  Read Original Content

Mobile payments have completely revolutionized financial transactions in Africa. Now, Vodafone’s successful M-Pesa mobile money transfer and payments service is breaking ground in Europe as the firm launched the service in Romania.  Read Original Content

The next two years will see a significant rise in the number of airlines offering mobile payments on-board according to a new report from airline payment processing provider WorldPay.  Read Original Content

Canadian consumers reportedly now can pay for food and drinks through their PayPal app at 50 Toronto locations. The app, which uses geolocation and a selfie of the customer for authentication by the clerk behind the counter, is free for iPhone, Android and Windows mobile devices.  Read Original Content

Mobile banking app use for customers at the five major UK High Street banking groups almost doubled over the past year, BBA figures suggest.  Customers now make 5.7 million transactions a day using smartphones and other mobile devices.  Read Original Content

Payments New Zealand has launched a new set of standards meant to provide more stability to the country’s mobile commerce field. The standards, known as the Mobile Device Rules and Standards, are meant to provide both consumers and businesses with the protection they need to adequately operate in the mobile commerce field.  Read Original Content

Payments company Cuscal has launched a trial of a mobile payment system using host card emulation. HCE is a system that allows the consumer's payment card credentials to be stored on servers in a secure location, accessed by cloud-based software.  Read Original Content

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