According to accounting firm Deloitte, 1 in 5 shoppers will use their cellphone to shop this holiday season. Of those, 45% willuise their phone to research prices, 32% will use it to read reviews or get coupons, and 25% will make purchases from their device. Stacy Janiak, a U.S. retail practice leader at Deloitte says, "We are on the cusp of this technology really driving a lot of activity during the shopping season. She continues to say that for retailers, it is a challenge and an opportunity as shoppers compare prices with other brick-and-mortar stores right from their aisles.
Besides ShopSaavy, other mobile apps like RedLaser, TheFind, ShopStyle and PriceGrabber allow users to compare prices across a wide range of retailers. RetrevoQ is a service that is part of electronics review site Retrevo. Users can send a text or Tweet with the name of the product that they are interested in and receive an immediate reply with recommendations and a list of online prices. To make up for the smaller real estate on a cellphone, retailers are building easier to navigate mobile web sites that allow for quicker browsing of products and faster checkouts. More and more shoppers are getting comfortable with the idea of shopping using a cellphone. Mobile shoppers will spend $500 million on eBay this year says the online auction site. And the technology gets better. New apps like Yowza use the GPS on the handset to send shoppers coupons for stores within walking distance of the shoppers location. Who knows what changes will make shopping easier for mobile phone users in the next few years.