bMobilized Offers Mobile Commerce Tools for SMBs
New site-creation tools from startup bMobilized are designed to help SMBs set up online stores quickly.New York startup bMobilized has launched a standalone mobile commerce offering designed to help small and midsized businesses (SMBs) build online stores faster. The company said that SMBs will be able to deploy the Web-creation tools in less than 10 minutes and that they will be free for all businesses while in beta. SMBs can build a custom mobile store that works like an app and runs on any mobile operating system, including iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10. The mobile site-creation tools are easy to use so that no technical or design skills are needed, according to the company. bMobilized designed the m-commerce tools so anyone could build a mobile store from scratch in minutes. Users can add product images and descriptions, and choose from a list of accepted currencies, shipping options and payment methods. There are no limitations on the number of items listed, and there are no transaction fees. Powered by jQuery Mobile, other key features of the mobile store include a shopping cart, product search and multiple-payment methods such as Amazon Payments, PayPal, credit cards and soon Google Wallet.
This turn-key solution is valuable for "the millions of businesses that currently do not offer their customers the capability to transact on their mobile devices," Bjorn Holte, founder of bMobilized, said in a statement. "Just this week, Gartner predicted that mobile payment transactions worldwide are on pace to hit $235.4 billion in 2013, up 44 percent from the $163.1 billion in 2012."