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Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of May 25, 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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By 2019, 19.6 percent of all transactions made in the UK will be made by methods such as mobile payments, vouchers, coupons and PayPal, as opposed to 9.3 percent of transactions made today.  Read Original Content

Intuit has announced its acquisition of the mobile payment and bill management services company, Check, in a $360 million deal. A provider of mobile account management and bill payment software, Check joins a roster of financial services software offerings at Intuit that provide the technological backbone for billing, payroll, accounting, and financial management at small businesses across the U.S. Read Original Content

"Mobile commerce began to become popular in Indonesia in early 2013 and it has increased in the first quarter of this year. Transactions through mobile commerce accounts for 20 percent of total e-commerce transactions," the founder and CEO of online store Lojai.com, Agus Tjandra, said in Jakarta.  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: http://starmobileinc.com/report-451research-starmobile-transforms-mobile-apps-into-enterprise-apps/

Mobile messaging applications may be the future of mobile commerce. A growing number of these apps are being released and many of them are being designed with mobile payments in mind.  Read Original Content

Groupon, the massive daily deals website that had been a tremendous success before it nearly brought itself to the point of annihilation, has entered into the mobile payments market in an effort to try to restore some of its former victories in the online world.  Read Original Content
According to a new Reportlinker.com report, mobile shopping is well established in Europe. Moreover, of the developed countries worldwide, Sweden and the UK stand next to Asian-Pacific and North American countries regarding mobile shopper penetration.  Read Original Content

German mail order and e-commerce association Bevh and Creditreform Boniversum have published the results of a survey on shopping by mobile phone and tablet. It found 57 percent of respondents use their mobile device to purchase goods, up from 40 percent a year earlier.  Read Original Content

The Mobile Marketing Association's Case Study Hub has recently been launched. It is a searchable database of around 450 case studies from over 40 countries they believe will inspire brands and ensure effective integration of mobile into the marketing mix.  Read Original Content

According to Mark2Media, 52 percent of Americans use mobile devices to research products while browsing in-store, and comScore reports that four out of five consumers use smartphones to shop.  Read Original Content

One in five mobile handsets will have mobile wallet functionality by 2018, against less than one in ten at the end of last year.  That’s the new projection from Juniper Research shared with MMW this week.  Read Original Content

Shomi, an Australian startup, has developed Shomi codes, which are similar to QR codes in that they link to digital content, but what makes the Shomi variety different is that it is based on font, which makes them smaller and does not limit them to back and white, giving them greater flexibility.  Read Original Content

According to IT research agency Gartner, global expenditure on mobile advertising is expected to hit US$18 billion, an increase from the estimated US$13.1 billion last year.  Read Original Content

According to Juniper Research, by the year 2018, one fifth of all smartphones will have mobile wallet functionality, and one third of all of those payment apps will involve contactless capabilities such as NFC technology.  Read Original Content

Apple is gearing up to incorporate Near Field Communication technology in the iPhone 6, according to a report from BrightWire. The report also notes Apple has struck a deal with China UnionPay to integrate the banking company's services into Passbook and elsewhere.  Read Original Content

According to some of the latest statistics from ICM Research, consumers are now visiting m-commerce websites more frequently than apps, though they are more likely to make an actual purchase using the application.  Read Original Content

Standard Bank, a pan-African banking organization, has launched a new mobile payments application called SnapScan. Mobile commerce is becoming quite popular in Africa, especially as more people in various countries gain access to smartphones and tablets.  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.