- Retailers are generating 42% of their online sales from mobile devices such as smartphones, with 65% saying mobile technology has increased revenue, according to a study from messaging software company Quiq.
- Almost three quarters (74%) of retailers said mobile technology has made them more accessible to customers, while 66% said it has led to higher customer satisfaction. Other benefits of mobile technology include greater efficiency (cited by 62% of retailers) and lower customer-service costs (33%). Only 18% of retailers said mobile technology makes it hard to service customers.
- While almost two-thirds (62%) of retailers said they're integrating mobile technology into e-commerce and operations, only 14% described themselves as a "mobile-first organization," the survey found. Another 19% said they're in the early stages of their mobile strategy. Quiq commissioned researcher Sapio to survey more than 200 retailers for the study.
Mobile technology has become a vital part of retailing as consumers increasingly use mobile devices for online shopping instead of desktop and laptop computers, Quiq's survey suggests. That means retailers must have a comprehensive mobile strategy to stand out both online and among brick-and-mortar stores. Smartphones provide a key point of contact for consumers that not only drive online revenue, but support customer service interactions, as the survey found.
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Quiq's findings support other research that indicates how much online shoppers now depend on their smartphones, especially during the key holiday season. On Black Friday last year, consumers spent $2.9 billion through their smartphones, breaking mobile shopping records, per Adobe Analytics. Its research found that 39% of online sales came from a smartphone, a 21% lift from 2018. Almost two-thirds (61%) of online traffic to retailers were from smartphones, a 15.8% gain from the prior year, per Adobe.