2011 was the year of the mobile consumer. Smartphone and tablet penetration grew at a rapid pace and has fundamentally changed the way people live their daily lives and seek information. One of the largest areas of disruptions is in retail; shoppers are packing smartphones and tablets with retailer apps and using them to hunt for bargains, product information, and to find almost everything on their shopping list. The 2011 holiday shopping season witnessed the most aggressive use of mobile technologies by consumers and retailers to date. The problem was that not all retailers had a strategy in place to take advantage of this foreseeable trend.