Magento Announces Availability of PWA Studio to Help Merchants Optimize their Multi-Channel Retail Strategies

by Digital Europe

Posted on 01-15-2019

There’s no ques­tion that mobile is the most trans­for­ma­tive force in retail today, a trend that was on full dis­play through­out the 2018 hol­i­day shop­ping sea­son. Accord­ing to the Adobe Ana­lyt­ics Hol­i­day report, mobile traf­fic soared with more than half (51.4%) of traf­fic orig­i­nat­ing from smart­phones alone yet mobile account­ed for just 31 per­cent of rev­enue. This is a stark reminder that many retail­ers have yet to crack the code on improv­ing mobile con­ver­sion rates and the com­plex­i­ty of build­ing and opti­miz­ing expe­ri­ences across channels.

Today, we are excit­ed to announce the gen­er­al release of Pro­gres­sive Web Appli­ca­tions (PWA), a suite of tools for build­ing online stores with app-like expe­ri­ences that help mer­chants solve the mobile con­ver­sion dilem­ma and deliv­ery of high­ly per­son­al­ized cross-chan­nel expe­ri­ences, in addi­tion new inno­va­tions across Adobe Expe­ri­ence Cloud that help retail­ers excel in CXM across phys­i­cal and dig­i­tal storefronts.

PWAs rep­re­sent a seis­mic advance­ment in the evo­lu­tion of the mobile web, sim­i­lar in mag­ni­tude to the tran­si­tion that hap­pened five years ago from con­ven­tion­al desk­top sites to respon­sive web design. PWAs blur the lines between mobile app and mobile site by equip­ping mer­chants and devel­op­ers with a new front-end archi­tec­ture that allows them to lever­age open web APIs to build “app-like’ expe­ri­ences direct­ly in the brows­er that are fast, engag­ing, boost online con­ver­sions and enhance the per­va­sive­ness of the in-store experience.

PWAs Solve Mul­ti­ple Chal­lenges for Retailers

When exe­cut­ed prop­er­ly, native apps can pro­vide an expe­ri­ence that is so fric­tion­less that they pro­vide a much bet­ter shop­ping expe­ri­ence than the desk­top (think Apple or Ama­zon). The prob­lem is that mobile apps are expen­sive to build and main­tain and con­sumers only use apps from brands with which they reg­u­lar­ly inter­act. Accord­ing to For­rester, most brands can­not expect to con­vince even 10% of cus­tomers to down­load their app — mean­ing their mobile web­site han­dles the vast major­i­ty of cus­tomer interactions.

This is where PWAs shine: they deliv­er fast and slick “app-like” expe­ri­ences in the mobile web brows­er, allow­ing retail­ers to tack­le mul­ti­ple chal­lenges at once:

While gen­er­al aware­ness of PWAs is on the rise, their impact extends far beyond mobile. PWAs enable func­tion­al­i­ty such as push noti­fi­ca­tions and loca­tion to be built into the archi­tec­ture of the web­site, lev­el­ing the play­ing field for all brands to deliv­er high­ly per­son­al­ized cross-chan­nel expe­ri­ences at pre­cise­ly the right time, all at a frac­tion the cost of a mobile app. Retail­ers for exam­ple can build con­tex­tu­al in-store capa­bil­i­ties into their PWA such as native inte­gra­tion with the device cam­era to scan shelf bar­codes and inte­grat­ed pay­ments with Google and Apple Pay for in-store pur­chas­es. The ben­e­fit of PWA’s in the store is that they are instant­ly acces­si­ble via the brows­er, fast and reli­able mean­ing retail­ers don’t have to con­nect con­sumers to their in-store wi-fi to deliv­er a great mobile expe­ri­ence with their brand.

They also have the poten­tial to open-up a whole new world for store asso­ciates. Shop­pers expect sales asso­ciates to be knowl­edge­able about online prod­ucts, which can be a logis­ti­cal chal­lenge. Look­ing for­ward, PWAs have the poten­tial to replace lega­cy POS sys­tems and retail asso­ciate plat­forms pro­vid­ing a fast, effi­cient and cost-effec­tive way for store asso­ciates to locate prod­uct online and in-store, pro­vide self-check­out, ser­vice returns and save the sale and more direct­ly from an employee’s smartphone.

From boost­ed cus­tomer and in-store engage­ment and high­er con­ver­sions to low­ered devel­op­ment costs, PWAs offer unprece­dent­ed oppor­tu­ni­ties for mer­chants. To learn more about PWAs and how they can help your busi­ness vis­it the Magen­to booth at NRF #4125 and booth #4837 for inno­va­tions across Adobe Expe­ri­ence Cloud.

Topics: Digital Transformation, Cross Channel Marketing, magento, mobile payments, nrf, progressive web applications, retail, UK, UK Exclusive, Digital EMEA