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Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of June 9, 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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A recent Finextra survey found that out of 183 bankers 43 percent said a mobile wallet offering is on the docket in the next six to 12 months and 60 percent of respondents said a "trusted banking environment" — as opposed to a third party app — is where mobile payments rightly belong.  Read Original Content

In the past two years, Google has invested over $300 million just in acquiring digital startups to develop their Google Wallet app. They have also dedicated hundreds of developers to Wallet. Yet, Google Wallet is still far from a household name and has only seen around 10 million downloads in the Google Play Store.  Read Original Content

Visa has signed deals with three companies to help expand wireless systems that merchants can use to process credit cards. The agreements with iZettle, SumUp and Swiff will see them become part of the Visa Ready Program. These wireless payment systems will make it easier for businesses to ditch traditional cash registers.  Read Original Content

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An Apple patent, filed earlier this year, called "Method and System for Managing Credits via a Mobile Device" has piqued the curiosity of mobile payment followers.  It describes a system that combines a virtual currency in the form of tokens or coupons with a monetary value that could be stored in a cloud-based digital wallet and used for a number of services.  Read Original Content

Performance marketing company Affiliate Window has seen a dramatic rise in sales through mobile devices.  In May the company found 572 sales per hour were made via mobile devices, with the iPhone alone generating 3,100 sales per day throughout the month.  Read Original Content
In Japan fashion e-tailer Zozotown garnered 40 percent of its sales from mobile devices last year, while e-commerce giant Rakuten says mobile transactions now exceed 30 percent of total sales.  Read Original Content

China's Xinhua News Agency is reporting the launch of a new mobile payment system from China UnionPay and China Mobile.  The new system will use NFC to transmit information from the phone at the point of sale. Read Original Content

Payments company Square has launched Square Stand, which turns an iPad into a point of sale device.  The new piece of hardware secures an iPad in place and also includes an integrated card reader for secure credit card swiping.  Read Original Content

A new Australian Communications and Media Authority report has estimated there will be more than 285 million NFC-equipped handsets in the world by 2014.  Read Original Content

Creative Mobile Technologies, one of the nation's largest digital out-of-home networks and payment processing solutions provider for the taxicab market, and Blue Bite, a mobile technology specialist, announced a media-mobile technology partnership in the U.S. taxi space. By September 1, 2013, Blue Bite's proprietary mTAG platform will be available in 5,000 taxicabs.  Read Original Content

U.S. Bank wants you to substitute a wave of the cellphone for a swipe of the credit card when making retail purchases. The bank’s Go Mobile Payment Service requires an iPhone 4 or 4S that is equipped with a special app and a custom iPhone protective case that contains a computer chip, which uses NFC.  Read Original Content

According to Ingrid Sjostrand of Mogul Media, Amazon nearly doubled its mobile ad revenue from 2011 to 2012, making a total of $610 million this past year.  Read Original Content

According to Bloomberg, mobile video ads now drive as much as $350 million in annual sales.  Read Original Content

“Only 56 percent of businesses are currently conducting mobile marketing, with lack of strategy and resources being the top barriers to adoption,” email marketing and cross-channel marketing solutions provider StrongMail says, revealing data gleaned from a new company-sponsored survey.  Read Original Content

A new forecast put forward by researchers at Berg Insight indicates that Starbucks is now leading the continent of North America in mobile wallet transactions.  Read Original Content

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Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and SMAC analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.