Amazon sneakily introduces barebones mobile wallet app

Amazon Wallet appeared on the Amazon Appstore and Google Play store late last week, but a number of Android fan blogs are just noticing it exists. Amazon's new app, which is a beta version, does not support mobile payments, but...


Want to connect with customers? Think mobile first. [infographic]

Most Americans now own a smartphone and are using them to shop and eat out.

CONNECT 2014 Mobile Innovation Summit (preview)

The smartphone has revolutionized the way we communicate, search, shop, share, purchase and stay connected. What were only concepts 10 years ago are reality today.

11 compelling mobile stats every retailer should pay attention to

Whether you're operating on an e-commerce platform, in a store or both, you will improve your retail business when you pay attention to key facts and stats about online shopping. The thing is, today's customer rarely walks into a store...

How to ensure a symbiotic mobile marketing strategy

A brand's app and mobile wallets create a cross-pollination effect that's unrivaled for driving consumer engagement.

Nikki Baird to give keynote on privacy at CONNECT summit

Top retail analyst Nikki Baird will explore rapidly advancing technology and consumer tolerance for being tracked.

Privacy-friendly location-based marketing: Giving customers the control

Crafting a non-invasive location policy is key to keeping customers from opting out of push messaging or location awareness.

With Flow, showrooming moves beyond barcodes

Amazon's mobile app uses live photo recognition to let showroomers build shopping lists.

To create mobile shopping traction, retailers should think beyond payment

SAP study finds that most U.S. consumers use smartphones and tablets for research, but not final purchases.

Facebook exec names 3 trends driving retail personalization

Online shopping is increasingly being driven by an "I'll know it when I see it" phenomenon.

Tips for embracing showrooming during the holidays

In a surprising move, Best Buy is wholeheartedly embracing showrooming this holiday season. What gives?

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Mobile traffic to e-commerce sites rose from 3 percent to 37 percent in the last 4 years

According to the new Custora E-Commerce Pulse Mobile Report, in the past four years the percentage of traffic to e-commerce sites from mobile devices (phones and tablets) jumped from 3 percent to nearly 37 percent, while US mobile e-commerce sales grew from $2 billion in 2010 to $43 billion in 2013.

RetailMeNot launches iPad app

Digital coupon platform RetailMeNot has announced the launch of a tablet app for iPad. The free RetailMeNot Coupons app for iPad is now available in the iTunes App Store. As tablet commerce grows, RetailMeNot said its Coupons app for iPad...

Apple share of mobile POS dropped 15.5 percent in Q1

While the overall market for mobile POS is growing, Apple's share dropped to 56 percent in Q1 2014, down 15.5 percent from its Q4 2013 share of 66 percent.

Ibotta adds 'Social Saving' to its mobile shopping app

Ibotta, a mobile shopping app that offers users cash back on purchases, has launched the latest 2.4 version of its app, which includes a new Social Saving feature. According to the company, this new feature will enable Ibotta’s three million...

More than half of mobile app users opt in to push notification

Branding and marketing firm Urban Airship has released its latest Good Push Index data study, which tracks user behaviors on more than 70 apps that ask users to share their location. According to the report, 60 to 80 percent of...

European study says mobile shopping driving impulse buys

The growth in smartphone usage is driving impulse purchases, according to a new Europe-wide study of mobile usage conducted by global financial group ING. More than 139.5 million Europeans now regularly shop via mobile phone, with 42 percent of these...

Pizza Hut, Firehouse Subs, Atlanta Falcons, McAlister’s Deli executives to speak at CONNECT Mobile Innovation Summit

Networld Media Group has announced the slate of panelists for the "C-Level Roundtable" closing general session at the 2014 CONNECT Mobile Innovation Summit in Chicago on Aug. 20. Panelists include: Baron Concors, Chief Digital Officer, Pizza Hut Don Fox, Chief...

Deloitte: Digital influences more than $1 trillion in retail store sales

Digital interactions influence 36 cents of every dollar spent in the retail store, or approximately $1.1 trillion, according to a new study from Deloitte Digital. By the end of 2014, that number will climb to 50 percent, or $1.5 trillion...

Starbucks considers white-labeling its mobile app

Tech companies and national retailers have approached Starbucks about whether the coffee giant would consider licensing or white-labeling its successful mobile application, CEO Howard Schultz revealed yesterday during the company's earnings call. Schultz reiterated the consideration this morning on CNBC....

Survey says most mobile users are not interested in, or don?t want, mobile shopping technology

The future of mobile shopping may already be here, but it seems the mobile shopper is still a few steps behind. According to a study conducted by location-based shopping platform Retale, 71 percent of mobile app users say they don't...

Visual product search company Slyce to go public

Visual product search platform Slyce announced it has entered into a definitive amalgamation agreement with Oculus Ventures Corp. that will enable Slyce to be publicly listed on the TSX-V.

Acme Tools launches new mobile shopping site

Acme Tools, an authorized online retailer of tools and equipment, has announced the launch of its new mobile version of for online customers using smartphones. Developed by BlueSky Technology Partners, the new mobile platform leverages Acme Tools' ongoing investment...

Mobile messaging platform Outspoken adds Passbook support

Outspoken, a B2C mobile messaging company, has announced the expansion of its mobile marketing platform to support the Apple Passbook application. According to the company, Outspoken's clients will now be able to send passes, including coupons, gift cards, boarding passes and more, directly to their mobile customers via an MMS or SMS text message.

ScanLife app joins SessionM mobile loyalty network

Scanbuy, a mobile engagement solutions provider, announced that it has partnered with mobile loyalty platform SessionM to reward users of the ScanLife app for scanning QR Codes and UPC codes on products and media in the physical world. According to...

Study finds retailers shifting biggest share of marketing budgets to mobile

The number of retailers who expect mobile to be their top marketing priority will more than quadruple over the next five years, according to a new study by Yes Lifecycle Marketing. In Q4 of 2013, Yes Lifecycle Marketing surveyed 100...

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Mobile Retail Monday is a weekly column on mobile apps by retail customer experience designer Mike Wittenstein. Each week, you'll get a test drive of a leading retail app including pictures of key features and commentary on what works—and what doesn't.