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Mobile Commerce News Weekly - Week of March 16, 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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According to Vodacom's managing executive for mobile commerce, Herman Singh, m-commerce earns the operator profits equivalent to double digit percentages in some countries, while in others it makes up almost a third of revenue and profits.  Read Original Content

Small business Web site and hosting company Wix, which went public late in 2013, is building up its mobile design services and resources by buying Appixia, which develops technology to help retailers take their e-commerce sites mobile.  Read Original Content

One of the global leaders in ereading mobile devices, Kobo, has entered into a partnership with Sesame Workshop in order to make it possible to produce Sesame Street ebooks through its proprietary platform.  Read Original Content

Catavolt is the most secure way to rapidly build mobile apps that work with all enterprise systems and all mobile devices. IT departments rest easy with Catavolt’s industry-leading “No Data at Rest” security platform, and a no-coding app creation approach that efficiently addresses the backlog of business requests for mobile apps. Business users receive apps that are custom-tailored to their business process, and a high-performance, native user experience that fully utilizes the devices they carry today. This newsletter is sponsored in part by Catavolt.

The Walt Disney Company has recently invested in the MyMagic+ program, which brings together the website, a smartphone app, and wearable technology in the form of MagicBands. Guests will be able to use the program make their trip bookings and plan out the rides that they’d like to enjoy, months in advance.  Read Original Content

According to analysts at Plunkett Research, Ltd., m-commerce is exploding. The use of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices to complete online transactions saw $41.68 billion in sales in 2013, a 68.2 percent increase over the previous year.  Read Original Content
Apptive is excited to announce their new partnership with Shopify. Apptive has integrated directly with the Shopify API and Shopify App Store to make it simple and fast for Shopify merchants who wish to expand their mobile commerce strategy with an app.  Read Original Content

According to a Bain & Company survey, more than half of 25,000 respondents noted they were aware of mobile payments. This awareness is highest in Western Europe, where 70 percent of respondents noted they knew what mobile payments were and how to make a payment from a smartphone or tablet.  Read Original Content

The Payments Council, an organization comprised of financial institutions based in the United Kingdom, is set to launch a new mobile commerce service named Paym. The service is meant to provide consumers with a more secure way to make mobile payments.  Read Original Content

In a new nationwide snapshot, almost a quarter (22 percent) of consumers say they have apps for mobile payments while the majority (61 percent) not only don’t have any but say it makes no difference, according to the Apigee Institute.  Read Original Content

Checkprint, the UK leader in the provision of secure paper and payment solutions, has created and applied uniquely personalized two dimensional QR codes for children's medical research charity Sparks, which will save the organization time and money.  Read Original Content

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