EVENTS TO WATCH
Mobile/Tablet Commerce Stat Pack
Takeaway: For the amount of noise we hear about mobile - it's still just a drop in the bucket for most retailers. For the retail space in aggregate over the holiday season, mobile/tablet sales increased in penetration by 500bps and accounted for 22.6% of digital sales. There is one limiting factor however, and that is conversion rate where desktop rates sit at levels 4x smartphones and 1.5x tablets.
Perhaps the more interesting dynamic on mobile is the heavy weighting towards Apple powered iOS devices. Android operating devices account for about 52% of the devices in the US (compared to iOS at 42%), but only account for 22% of mobile sales. The median income of an iOS user is 40% higher than that of Android, but we don't think that explains the big discrepancy between units and sales volume. It has to be centered on functionality, an edge Apple will continue to enjoy especially after it integrates its Apple Pay feature into retail apps.
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