Online shopping became popular in the mid-nineties when computers were appearing in every household and people began to trust the internet. Since then, the retail industry has boomed with many stores creating e-commerce websites to sell their products and services online. Internet sales have boomed over the last six years with sales rising from 2.7% in January 2007 to 9.7% in January 2013.
With online shopping doing great using ordinary computers, can you imagine how much of a boost tablets gave the retail industry? Modern tablets first appeared on the scene early in 2010 (although less popular models did exist previously) and were instantly a hit. This new piece of technology was quickly snapped up and they’re now found everywhere; in offices, homes, at events and on public transport.
Many retailers saw the release of this new technology as a dream come true and quickly had apps developed for their companies. This was yet another way for eager shoppers to purchase any item they wanted at the touch of their fingertip.
Below are some tips on how to get the most out of your tablet when it comes to mobile shopping:
1) Retail Apps
If you use the internet for shopping, whether it’s to buy a new microwave or a little black dress, you know that sometimes websites can become frustratingly slow and it can take you up to half an hour to buy one item. This is where apps come in handy. Downloading apps from the stores you would like to purchase items from can speed up the process and make it more enjoyable and less frustrating.
Tablets have been created because they are portable, fast and you have the internet at your fingertips wherever you are. There are millions of apps to choose from and more than likely you’ll find an app for your favourite store.
2) Coupons and Discounts
Everybody loves coupons, especially people who’re constantly buying things from the internet. If you go down to the high street and buy your clothes, electrical devices, books or food from instore you’re less likely to get a great deal. Whereas, if you purchase your items online there are always offers available at the checkout.
There are specific coupon apps which you can use to claim discounts and get money off the things that you’re buying. Some of these apps are Coupon Clipper and The Coupons App.
3) Price Comparison
There are many price comparison apps available which you can use to compare prices of certain appliances, clothing or books from different websites. These apps are very popular with people who are looking for the best deal for a certain product. If you’re searching for a product but you’re looking to get it at the best possible price, use a price comparison app such as PricesUK and see what other companies are selling the item you’re looking for.
Online shopping has become so popular that there are now many companies who are only online and don’t open high street stores at all. This wouldn’t have been possible without the continued growth of online shopping and the continued development of electronic devices.
The retail industry is growing at an immense pace and it’s all because the use of gadgets such as tablets, laptops and smartphones.
About the author
This guest blog comes from the content team at IT Rentals.They’re company specializes in mobile devices and has the insight scoop on some of the latest and useful apps on the market.