Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of May 20, 2012

The Mobile Commerce News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking and mobile security that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information.

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A new survey from ABI Research shows that smartphone users with a retailer-branded app are better customers, with 45.8 percent of respondents saying the app caused them to visit the store more. Read Original Content

A new study from the Interactive Advertising Bureau points to the strong use of mobile by consumers while they are inside a retail store, with 73 percent of respondents saying they have used their mobile in store. Read Original Content

Flash Valet, an Austin, Texas-based company, will be launching an app soon that lets users get rid of paper tickets, long waits and scrambling for cash to pay for valet parking. 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.  To learn more, visit www.verivo.com

Mitek Systems Inc., a mobile imaging software solutions provider, have announced that approximately $10 billion in mobile deposits have been enabled by its mobile imaging technology. The company also said that its transaction volume increased more than 143 percent during the six-month period ending December 2011. Read Original Content

Tyfone has been awarded two U.S. Patents for its new miniaturized NFC antenna design. Specifically designed for use in MicroSD cards, the mini antenna works with any smart card secure element, across multiple mobile devices and on any NFC reader without the need for external booster antennas or after-market battery covers. Read Original Content


Parkmobile USA is bringing its mobile payment service to Oakland, California. The new service supports NFC-based contactless payments, allowing customers to wave or tap their phone on any of Parkmobile’s NFC-enabled stickers. Read Original Content

Identive Group has released a cloud-based NFC tag management platform that enables advertisers, retailers and organizations to deliver targeted content and services to customers’ NFC-enabled mobile devices. Read Original Content

C-SAM, a mobile technology firm, has announced a partnership with MasterCard to offer a contact-less mobile wallet solution in Africa, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. The white label mobile wallet solution, based on C-SAM’s Mobile Transaction Platform claims to enable seamless integration with MasterCard’s pre-paid platform to offer PayPass Wallet Services and informational services. Read Original Content

In a month-long survey conducted online by the Better Business Bureau in northern Illinois, 35 percent of respondents said they changed their minds about where to buy a product or service based on information they found using mobile devices. Read Original Content

Paypal announced some statistics from its mobile commerce study conducted by The Nielson Company: Mobile shopping comprised 23 percent of all online shopping in 2011, nearly six times its share (4 percent) of the online shopping market in 2010. Read Original Content

Facebook has just acquired mobile commerce startup Karma, which makes apps for gifting friends and family. The purchase will help Facebook build up monetization prowess on mobile platforms — an area it’s admittedly weak in. Read Original Content

Apple's iWallet digital wallet will eliminate the need for both the cash register and the credit card, because it will use Bluetooth, rather than NFC, according to Pablo Saez Gil, a retail industry analyst with ResearchFarm. Read Original Content

Qatar National Bank Group, the financial institution in the State of Qatar and in the Gulf region, was awarded the Best Mobile Application payment award for its Tap and Pay card option at the Smart Card Awards Middle East 2012 that was held at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. Read Original Content

Safeway has rolled out a new mobile shopping tool, "Just for U," in Washington and Oregon, promising an easier way to save on groceries and organize your list. Read Original Content

New research by Ipsos Media, commissioned by Google, has found Australian consumers are leading the world in their use of smartphones as in-store shopping tools to check reviews and compare prices, often changing their minds as a result. Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict, Mobile Industry Analyst, Mobile Strategy Consultant and SAP Mentor Alumnus
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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.