Mobile-based e-commerce sales to touch $638 billion by 2018

09 Jul '15
3 min read

Global e-commerce sales made via mobile devices are expected to cross $638 billion by 2018, according to a joint study by ASSOCHAM and Deloitte.

In a statement, ASSOCHAM said the availability of e-commerce applications on various devices is helping to drive sales and revenue. E-tailers like Flipkart, Amazon and Jabong now get 50 per cent of their revenues from consumers shopping on their mobile phones. Predictive analytics is helping the e-tailers to provide better solutions in real-time enabling compelling user experience even on mobile screens, said D S Rawat, secretary general of ASSOCHAM.

However, while shoppers want real-time, relevant, and personalized information and offers, retailers will need to surround this service with very strong privacy and security. The joint study said trust, transparency, and protecting customer information will be critical in retaining loyalty as mobile retailing becomes the norm.

Online commerce companies should enable all features from search-to-purchase on mobile apps, such as facilitating product research, price comparison, view ratings and reviews, and payment.

The launch of wearables, such as Google Glass and Apple Watch, opens new opportunities for reaching out to customers. E-tailers would keep an eye on developments in this arena, although it might only be an urban phenomenon at the moment.

The e-marketplaces are growing significantly with the increase in the Internet penetration and smartphone usage. Internet enabled mobiles are making shopping a unique experience for buyers. e-marketplaces provide a technology platform for sellers to participate and a trusted environment to scale up rapidly, increase profit and is highly valued by the customers. The non-inventory led B2C model also allows the e-commerce players to provide attractive discounts and offers which are difficult for inventory led brick-and-mortar shops as well as for pure e-tailers.

According to the joint study “Global Powers of Retailing 2015,” online marketplaces rather than pure inventory-led companies tend to serve as the primary e-commerce model in Asia. The high costs of holding inventory, poor logistics and supply chain challenges in India are shifting the inventory-led companies and new entrants to adopt marketplace model. Also, e-Marketplaces work well in India due to high fragmentation on supply side.

The rise of online sales in the developing markets is encouraging retailers to go online for global expansion. The e-retailers are becoming exclusive partners for different brands. The Chinese Smartphone manufacturer, Xiaomi, entered Indian market through Flipkart e-marketplace that helped to reach a large customer base in a short time. Similarly, OnePlus teamed up with Amazon India for exclusive partnership. (SH)

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