The world going into holiday 2018 is a very different place than it was even a year ago – though the changes may not be obvious at a quick glance. Contactless cards are proliferating and perhaps on the edge of U.S. ignition, and bitcoin has busted out of a boring period – though the value slides probably aren’t the type of excitement enthusiasts were after. Black Friday didn’t bust, but it was much more of an online and on-mobile experience than it has ever been, with only the truly nostalgic heading to the stores.
119 million: Number of contactless cards in circulation in the U.K. as of the end of 2017.
2,617: The number of times consumers touch their phones over the course of a day.
49 percent: Share of Black Friday online traffic generated by smartphones.
30 percent: The amount the value of bitcoin slid over last week.
3 percent: Share of Dunkin transactions made via mobile and pay-on-the-go ordering.