Only 51% of US consumers are aware of digital wallet providers other than PayPal, even as electronic payment providers, mobile phone carriers, banks, and retailers themselves line up for a piece of the emerging digital wallet market, according to new data from comScore.

Moreover, only 12% of consumers surveyed say they've used a digital wallet service other than PayPal.

Digital wallets store a virtual copy of the contents of a consumer's physical wallet to facilitate online or offline retail transactions. By automatically entering an enrolled customer's credit card number and billing/shipping addresses, digital wallets tend to simply the online shopping experience and decrease shopping cart abandonment.

When consumers use a digital wallet via mobile device, the transaction can be as simple as holding up a smartphone to a digital reader at a merchant's cash register.

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Lenna Garibian is a MarketingProfs research writer and a marketing consultant in the tech industry, where she develops engaging content that builds thought leadership and revenue opportunities for clients. She's held marketing and research positions at eRPortal Software, GAP Inc., Stanford University, and the IMF. Reach Lenna via Twitter @LennaAnahid and LinkedIn.