mobile devices

Last-Minute Holiday Shoppers Using Smartphones, Tablets

Fifteen percent of all holiday shoppers wait until the last minute to do their gift buying, according to a new survey from Retale, a U.S. location-based mobile phone app that alerts consumers to in-store deals and promotions from their favorite retailers.

Furthermore, 58% of all last-minute shoppers use smartphones and tablets to help them shop.

And among this group, 88% use mobile devices to locate stores and check store hours as they get closer to Christmas Day.

Shoppers Want to Chat With Brands on Mobile Devices

A recent study of more than 2,100 U.S. residents found that 62% of them expect live chat to be available on mobile devices, and 82% would use it. The survey, which was commissioned by Moxie Software, also identified the rising trend of live online chat for sales and support assistance and found that 75% of survey respondents would prefer to use live online chat versus calling to speak with an agent.

About That "Showrooming" Going On in Your Beauty Store ...

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About That "Showrooming" Going On in Your Beauty Store ...

I'm totally fascinated by "showrooming"—the term for people who visit brick and mortars to try out products but then check their mobile devices there for the best price online. The practice is transforming shopping—even with beauty products and, yes, inside your beauty store.

WSL/Strategic Retail: The Importance of How Hispanic Women Shop Vision

Hispanic women appear to be among the most passionate and proactive shopper segment across all retail channels, according to WSL/Strategic Retail, which studies shopper behavior and retail trends.

The finding was revealed as part of the firm’s “How America Shops MegaTrends" report, "Moving On 2012,” which notes that Hispanic women are more actively using mobile devices, coupons, online searches, dollar stores and deep-discount retailers to save money, as compared to other female demographics.