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Skava Report: Only 7% of Top US Online Retailers Have Tablet Optimized Website

Tablets Driving More E-commerce Traffic Than Smartphones This Thanksgiving, but Majority of Retailers Not Responding

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/15/12 -- Skava, the leading provider of multi-touch point retail technology, today announced the results of "The Impact of Tablet for Retailers 2012" which confirms that only seven percent of the top 100 US retailers have optimized their websites for tablet devices. This comes ahead of the busiest week of the year for the retail sector, yet online retailers are not catering to the unique requirements of Tablet shoppers who are more lucrative online shoppers than their smartphone counterparts. 95% of retailer's e-commerce websites are optimized for smartphones(1), yet a tablet shopper is almost four times more likely to purchase goods online than those using a smartphone (2.3% for tablet as compared to 0.6% for smartphone visitors)(2). The report outlines the necessity for optimize tablet shoppers online experience and how they should be catered to differently by online retailers.

"Online retailers have recently seen a large increase in tablet traffic and they are beginning to stand up and take notice," said Arish Ali, Co-founder and President, Skava Inc. "We are set to launch a number of tablet optimized sites for several leading retailers in the coming weeks and we anticipate that in 2013 many more will follow the trend. We work with many of the top tier retailers who are looking to create much more engaging, on brand and interactive experience on the tablet to cater to the lucrative tablet owner, and at Skava we are making their vision a reality."

Forrester predicts that by 2016, 1 in 3 Americans will own a Tablet(3) and Tablet e-commerce traffic is growing exponentially, already surpassing traditional smartphone traffic. This news that only seven percent of retailers have tablet optimized comes despite the fact that a tablet shopper is more affluent and spends more time on their tablet compared to any other device. The average purchase for a tablet shopper is 153% higher than that of a smartphone shopper, with their average purchase equating to $123. This is even higher than the average desktop shopper who spends $102 on an average purchase online(2).

The report includes a guide to retailers on best practices on how to develop tablet websites. By developing a tablet optimized website, retailers can create a far more engaging experience for shoppers, leading to a higher conversion rate in terms of visits to purchases. Skava has developed a whitepaper outlining the profile of a tablet shopper and how retailers can take advantage of the opportunity. To view the full report click here.

About Skava:
Skava is one of the leading providers of mobile and omni-commerce solutions to many of top tier retailers in the US. The Skava platform converts their e-commerce platform across mobile web, tablet, Facebook and in-store technologies. It is regularly recognized as being one of the leaders in the field and sets itself apart by providing innovative, superior quality solutions in a rapidly changing digital world.

Skava has been pioneering app development since 2002. It has built multiple top selling apps and its mobile websites have been nominated for multiple prestigious awards including the Webbys and Meffys. It built the first retail site fully optimized for tablet (t.staples.com) and is working with multiple retailers developing their in-store technology solutions. It has delivered millions of new Facebook fans to its clients and every year build hundreds of cross channel marketing campaigns.

Clients include: Macy's, Gap, Bloomingdales, Sears, Kohls, Staples and Banana Republic

(1) Stats generated by a study made by Skava on the top 100 online retailers.
(2) Adobe Digital Marketing Report, The Impact of Tablet Visitors on Retail Websites.
(3) Sucharita Mulpuru & Sarah Rotman Epps with Patti Freeman Evans, Douglas Roberge, Why Tablet Commerce May Soon Trump Mobile Commerce, Forrester Report, July 25, 2011.

For more press and customer information contact:
Danielle McCormick
Director of Marketing
Skava
(415) 233-5974
Email Contact

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