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12/4/2013
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Mobile Sites Keep Shoppers Waiting

Compuware's Internet traffic monitoring found mobile sites were two seconds slower than during 2012's Thanksgiving shopping weekend.

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WKash
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12/4/2013 | 10:58:58 AM
Best Mobile Retailer Sites
Interesting to see who ranked tops among mobile retail sites:

HSN, 5th

J.C. Penney, 4th

Japanese Internet retailer Rakuten, 3rd

Office Depot, 2nd; and

Blockbuster, 1st.

...not the leaders one would expect.

One possible reason is that tradionally, leading retailers have so many vendor merchandising/advertising co-op programs in place, its easy to see why their sites would suffer from data pulls from dozens, or even hundreds of secondary host sites.
Lorna Garey
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12/4/2013 | 11:44:07 AM
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Probably the reason BlockBuster did well is that everyone thinks it's dead, so no one was trying to access it.
Marilyn Cohodas
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12/4/2013 | 3:18:44 PM
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My Amazon iPhone App loaded fast enough, but the shopping cart drove me crazy trying to send a Harry & David gift set to my sister in Florida. I switched back to my laptop. Still mobile & got the job done with plenty of time to spare.
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12/4/2013 | 6:51:24 PM
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One still has to step back in awe at just how easy it has become (relatively) to order things using our phones - compared to just pre i-phone days.
Kristin Burnham
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12/4/2013 | 8:32:35 PM
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Agreed, Wyatt. Not only is it so easy to shop using your mobile phone now, but it's just as easy to price-compare using your phone while you're shopping in person.
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12/5/2013 | 11:26:16 PM
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One of the most ingenious apps yet on a smartphone are those that can scan a bar code and know exactly what product you're trying to price compare.  It's also fantastic for evaluating food products for their nutritional value, which is a different issue, but valuable all the same.

 
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