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Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of August 17, 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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Recent research from a firm called Intercede has revealed that following the Heartbleed online and mobile security issue, only 18 percent of consumers in the United Kingdom feel confident that their use of m-commerce and smartphone based payments are actually secure.  Read Original Content

China’s e-commerce space may soon see a significant shift in power. Alibaba, one of the largest e-commerce and Internet organizations in the world, is preparing to launch an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange.  Read Original Content

In June 2013 mobile transactions represented 3.8 percent of the total e-commerce pie in Brazil — by June 2014, that number had gone up to seven percent.  During that period, 2.89 million transactions were carried out, the equivalent to R1.13 billion ($497 million), according to the report WebShoppers by consultancy firm e-Bit.  Read Original Content

The cost and time to mobilize enterprise applications can actually meet or exceed the original cost and time to implement those systems. In their new report, “StarMobile Transforms Enterprise Apps into Mobile Apps”, 451 Research details the advantages of StarMobile’s app development tool and how it can drastically reduce the cost and time to mobilize enterprise applications. Download report here:

Shipments of wearable devices are expected to hit 135 million in 2018, according to forecasts from CCS Insight. By comparison, last year 9.7 million wearables were shipped, a number which is expected to grow 129 percent in 2014, to 22 million.  Read Original Content

According to video advertising platform Videology, the greatest share of digital video ads being served in Asia-Pacific are for consumer goods, roughly one-third of the video ads being served.  Read Original Content

If you’re a mobile marketer in the United Kingdom, recent data by the Direct Marketing Association UK should put a smile on your face. It showed nearly 70 percent of adult Internet users were allowing, or “opting in” to push notifications on their apps.  Read Original Content
The multichannel retailers that are including shops and a website to sell saw sales via mobile rise by 79 percent in the period from January to June, according to a study by Capgemini and IMRG, while those who only sell via a website saw their m-commerce sales lift by 59 percent.  Read Original Content

A month ago Facebook announced it is testing a “Buy” call-to-action button on ads and Page posts, which enables users to purchase products directly from businesses right from their News Feeds. For now the test is limited to a handful of small and medium-sized businesses.  Read Original Content

GoSwiff, a global innovator in mobile commerce and marketing services has connected its fiftieth bank client, GCB Bank Ltd. in Ghana, to leverage mobile point of sale on goSwiff mobile commerce platform.  Read Original Content

According to ReportsnReports, the suggested global NFC market is anticipated to reach US $16.25 billion by 2022, growing at 8.83 percent compound annual growth rate. It is also suggested America has the greatest market potential for the near field communication ecosystem.  Read Original Content

OpenTable has announced it is expanding its services to New York. A number of restaurants in the state will begin making use of the mobile payments program and the company believes its program will be put to use in 20 large cities throughout the U.S. by the end of the year.  Read Original Content

Amazon has begun offering a new mobile-centric service that will allow merchants in the physical world to accept payments made from a mobile device. The service is called Local Register and is designed to compete with similar services being offered by PayPal and Square. Read Original Content

Ukash, the online cash payment provider, has announced it is partnering with ZapZap in order to provide smartphone consumers with a mobile wallet that will allow them to manage and spend their vouchers from Ukash even if they aren’t sitting in front of a PC.  Read Original Content

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has released a new report focused on the mobile commerce space. According to the report, mobile commerce applications lack the mechanisms necessary to resolve payment disputes coming from those that use them.  Read Original Content

Caviar, a startup business that provides meal deliveries from high-end restaurants, has announced it has been acquired by mobile payments company, Square, broadening the opportunities available to both organizations.  Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict is the Senior Analyst for Digital Transformation at Cognizant, a writer, speaker and SAP Mentor Alumnus. Follow him on Twitter @krbenedict. He is a popular speaker around the world on the topic of digital transformation and enterprise mobility. He maintains a busy schedule researching, writing and speaking at events in North America, Asia and Europe. He has over 25 years of experience working in the enterprise IT solutions industry.

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