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Mobile Commerce News Weekly - Week of December 8, 2013

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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Digital security firm Oberthur Technologies has partnered with mobile services specialists mBank in a project aimed at bringing together the m:Wallet solution from OT’s MoreMagic subsidiary and mBank’s experience in branchless banking, to provide mobile branchless banking including merchant payment, money transfer, loans, credit and insurance.  Read Original Content

Mobile app developer Bruce Arnold announced the availability of mCartXP, a multi-device HTML5 mobile web app developed jointly by his firm WebFL.US and their white label web development counterpart WLWeb.US.  The app can be used to buy and sell products and services using virtually any mobile browser - including Dolphin, Firefox, Mobile Safari and Opera - and any smartphone or tablet.  Read Original Content

Ovum has released a report concerning the caution that many consumers are exhibiting concerning mobile commerce. The report shows that some 68 percent of consumers said they would stick to traditional e-commerce due to the risks that exist in the mobile sector.  Read Original Content

Verivo is a leading provider of enterprise mobility software. Verivo helps companies accelerate their business results. Its unique technology empowers teams to build, deploy, manage and update their mobile apps -- rapidly and securely. Verivo’s mobility platform is used by hundreds of companies in numerous industries, worldwide. This newsletter is sponsored in part by Verivo.

Etisalat Group, the leading telecoms operator in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, announced the expansion of its award winning mobile phone-based commerce service "Flous" through its subsidiary Etisalat Moov in Benin.  Read Original Content

Early numbers from several retailers indicate a surge in mobile commerce for the first few banner sales days from Thanksgiving weekend through Cyber Monday. Forget double-digit growth. According to Internet Retailer Mobile 500, many retailers are posting triple-digit increases in several mobile metrics over the same holiday shopping days last year.  Read Original Content
From Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, both eBay and PayPal saw the highest holiday mobile commerce activity that they have ever had. The volume of purchases and payments made over smartphones and tablets was higher than any other equivalent five day period in previous years at 96 percent greater, year over year.  Read Original Content

Mobile commerce sales accounted for nearly 21 percent of total Black Friday digital sales in the United States, $314 million out of $1.512 billion, and nearly 17 percent of Cyber Monday sales, $350 million out of $2.085 billion, Internet research firm comScore Inc. reports.  Read Original Content

The latest study by mobile entertainment body MEF reveals only around 65 percent of mobile media users globally have used their device to purchase goods or services.  The research reveals a decline in the volume of purchases for the first time — from 54 percent of mobile media users in 2012 to 42 percent in 2013. Read Original Content

According to the report from IBM, online shoppers in the U.S. spent more than $2 billion on Cyber Monday.  Read Original Content

Spindle, Inc. announced its MeNetwork360SM application is now available to merchants and consumers. Combining location-based mobile marketing and payment processing on a single platform, the MeNetwork360 app is compatible with both iOS and Android devices.  Read Original Content

“Together, e-commerce and m-commerce only comprise seven percent of U.S. retail spending—the rest is offline in physical stores, especially for products that shoppers want to see before they buy,” says Michael Boland, VP of content and senior analyst at BIA/Kelsey.  Read Original Content

Email marketing was a big winner on Black Friday. And much of the credit belongs to mobile.  According to new industry data presented by Marketingland, email marketing was both plentiful and effective on Black Friday – even more than it was on Cyber Monday.  The data cited points to 38 percent more email opens occurring on Black Friday than Cyber Monday.  Read Original Content

A Global Online Shopper report from WorldPay revealed nearly 40 percent of mobile shoppers are concerned about the security of their payments.  Read Original Content

Payelp Global, an international payment and business development platform representing thousands of merchants and hundreds of payment gateways, announced a partnership with Onebip by Neomobile, a global mobile payment service. Onebip enables merchants to monetize digital goods and services to their users on a global scale using carrier-billing technology. Read Original Content

Visiongain has determined global mobile payments networks will carry over $251 billion in transactions during 2013.  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.