Black Friday 2019 was mobile, with 71% of UK shoppers purchasing via smartphone…

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Nearly three quarters (71%) of UK shoppers did their Black Friday buying from mobile devices this year, post cyber-weekend data reveal.

The figures from by Bloomreach highlight the shift in UK shoppers’ habits, with Britons now using the November shopping bonanza to stock up for the Christmas holidays.

According to the figures, there were more than 7.5 million searches in the UK on Black Friday day alone. Nearly three quarters (71%) of UK shoppers used mobile devices for their Black Friday shopping.

Top sellers this year were slippers, pyjamas, and sleeping gowns.

The data also shows that consumers were eager to get their Christmas presents early this year and used Black Friday weekend to do the bulk of their Christmas shopping. The most popular shopping times in the UK were also revealed, with 28% of shoppers hunting for bargains during their mid-morning work hours and 34% in the evening and night. In terms of channel, the UK market was dominated by mobile searches, accounting for two-thirds (66%) of traffic on the day, with desktop responsible for 27% and tablets making up the rest.

Commenting on the findings, Michael Schirrmacher, UK MD at Bloomreach, explains: “While Black Friday is traditionally a US retail holiday, the event is well and truly a big thing in the UK consumers’ calendar, with many securing their stocking fillers during the retail period.  In the increasingly competitive world of ecommerce, it’s not only the bargains that got sales over the line – it’s the seamless experience and service customers received throughout the entire sales process. The retailers who came out on top this year were the ones who were as smart and as agile as the people they sold to.”

Schirrmacher concludes: “The record levels of traffic and more evidence of a massive shift to mobile commerce we’ve seen this year are a wakeup call for retailers: shoppers want both speed and ease of use. If mobile is not an integral part of your strategy,  you’re handing over both Black Friday and Christmas to the larger ecommerce players who have historically dominated the period.”

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