Walmart scan-and-go shopping ended as customers disinterested in in-store m-commerce

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The retailer has shut down the program as shoppers failed to embrace the mobile tech based experience. The Walmart scan-and-go shopping has been abandoned by the retailer at its U.S. stores. Customers simply did not embrace the technology. It was designed to help them to save time in-store by skipping the checkout through the use of mobile commerce. The concept was supposed to let people use m-commerce tech to scan their own items and pay. Walmart scan-and-go was designed to let people use their smartphones to scan item barcodes as…

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Amazon app makes it easier for international customers to shop

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The application has launched an International Shopping feature on both its iOS and Android versions. Countries around the world with their own official Amazon app and website are used to its convenience. However, there are still many nations without their own version of the marketplace. Amazon has launched an International Shopping feature on its mobile commerce apps for those consumers. This feature makes it possible for consumers around the world to use the Amazon app (US) to purchase products that can be shipped to their countries. This new feature not…

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MyFitnessPal mobile app security breach affects 150 million accounts

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The hack has exposed the email addresses and passwords of its users who have now been advised. The popular MyFitnessPal application from Under Armour has experienced a massive mobile app security breach. The hack extended to both mobile users and those using the official website. The cybersecurity breach occurred in February and revealed usernames, email addresses and passwords. An estimated 150 million users were affected by the mobile app security failure, said Under Armour. Users who may have been impacted by the breach are in the midst of being advised.…

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iPhone QR code reader issue sends users to malicious sites

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An iOS camera app bug could direct users to malicious websites without their knowledge. A vulnerability in the iPhone QR code reader could potentially place users at a security risk. The camera app has a bug that could potentially send smartphone users to harmful sites. The recently discovered flaw is located in the camera app’s automatic QR code reading function. The flaw could make the iPhone QR code scanner display a link but send users somewhere else entirely. If users click the link displayed, they may or may not be…

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Digital downloads outpaced by CDs and vinyl for first time in 7 years

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Mobile commerce made many believe purchasing physical copies of media was on its way out. Digital downloads have been on the rise for years. Many have believed that CDs were going the way of vinyl, and vinyl had gone the way of the dinosaur. That said, for the first time since 2011, CDs and vinyl sales are now outpacing media downloading. When iPods and other MP3 players first became popular, the need to buy and store CDs fell. Once those portable media players hit the market, digital downloads and music…

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Nordstrom acquires new mobile shopping tech to amp its digital retail

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The massive retailer has grabbed up a number of startups to solidify its m-commerce position. Nordstrom has been acquiring a considerable number of mobile shopping tech startups. This includes BevyUp and MessageYes most recently. The fashion retail chain is evidently seeking to give itself a sturdy m-commerce offering. BevyUp is a digital selling too provider. MessageYes is a conversation commerce provider. These are only the latest mobile shopping tech acquisitions. They were purchased in separate deals to enhance the Nordstrom mobile commerce strategy, said a press release from the company.…

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Blockchain technology is a top m-commerce driver

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The same tech that powers cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are also pushing mobile commerce forward. Blockchain technology, the tech powering cryptocurrencies, is becoming a driving force in advancing mobile commerce. This, according to IBM Blockchain global director Shyam Nagarajan. IBM has been working with a number of banks to develop new paths for m-commerce and payments. IBM has been working with Bank of Ayudhaya and the Kasikornbank in Thailand. They have been working with blockchain technology, said Nagarajan. Their goal has been to boost online shopping and mobile payments platforms.…

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Best Buy mobile stores will all close by the end of May

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The electronics retailer has decided to shut down all 250 of its American mobile shops. Best Buy mobile stores will be shutting down as of May 31, said the electronics retail giant. The company plans to close down all the 250 locations in the United States. This was not much of a shocking revelation to consumers who were used to seeing the tiny shops. Many of the Best Buy mobile stores are located in shopping malls. For shoppers who saw them regularly, the news may sound as though it is…

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Mobile shopping apps comprise over half of European e-commerce

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A new Criteo report revealed that retailers in Europe are greatly benefiting from dedicated applications. Criteo has released its Q4 Global Commerce Report which showed that mobile shopping apps are leading to significant successes in Europe. European retailers with dedicated applications are seeing widespread sales. Retailers have found that making mobile a priority is no longer an option but is quite the necessity. The report revealed that retailers that placed a priority both on mobile shopping apps and the mobile web, their performance gains are significant. The retailers with a…

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eBay augmented reality features to change shopping experience

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The online marketplace has been undergoing a huge number of large changes over the last while. Among all the changes going on with the online marketplace, eBay augmented reality is one of the latest features headed to its m-commerce site. The news about its dabbling with AR comes at a time when it has nearly entirely severed itself from PayPal. The near full separation from PayPal was easily the most surprising change. However, word has now been revealed that suggests that there are a number of different consumer experience changes…

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eMarketer mobile commerce forecast shows strong future

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The firm’s recent study suggests that smartphone based shopping is building a highly positive landscape. The doubts some are still expressing against the growth potential of m-commerce have another study against them following a new eMarketer mobile commerce forecast. Within the report were the results of a study on the smartphone shopping ecosystem. While the m-commerce prediction aligns with other research, it also includes some striking insight. The eMarketer mobile commerce forecast states that by the year 2021, smartphone and tablet based shopping will make up 72.9 percent of the…

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