The value of remote transactions for digital and physical goods purchased via mobile devices is expected to exceed $730bn annually by 2017, according to market research company Juniper Research.
According to the report, transaction growth will be driven by the increasing scale of real-world (non-digital) purchases from major brands and retailers, with companies such as Domino’s in the US and Argos in the UK already seeing 6-7% of all sales occurring via the mobile channel.
The report – Mobile Payments for Digital & Physical Goods: Opportunity Analysis 2012-2017 – also noted that as consumer tablet adoption continues to rise, there will be significant migration of purchasing activity from laptops and desktops to tablet devices, with consumers increasingly engaging in online shopping while watching TV. Indeed, it found the development of this “couch commerce” trend would result in mobile and nomadic devices accounting for 30% of eRetail within five years. However, it also observed that such transactions would continue to comprise a small minority of a global retail sales marketplace currently worth more than $16tn.