Tag: retail

Execute Your Plans with Courage, Not Hubris | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Execute Your Plans with Courage, Not Hubris | Strategic Pricing Solutions

If the team has identified certain products as being superior to competing alternatives, and has quantified how that superiority creates value for customers versus the alternatives, those products should have higher prices than the competitors’.  If that means raising some prices more than expected, so be it.  If the team is afraid to execute the […]

Customer Value: The Price of Paradise | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Customer Value: The Price of Paradise | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Earlier this year, my wife and I moved to Florida.  With year-round nice weather, palm trees and white sandy beaches, it seems like Paradise.  Last week Hurricane Irma came through and reminded us of the true price of paradise.  It also reminded me that buyers make trade-offs in every purchase decision, and your pricing strategies […]

Segmentation Is a Critical Part of Channel Management | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Segmentation Is a Critical Part of Channel Management | Strategic Pricing Solutions

The challenge that Under Armour is facing is the exact reason most luxury brands limit their channels to high-end stores where shoppers are not price-sensitive.  If the luxury brands want to target more price-sensitive customers, they develop new products or brands that do not have the same cachet or premium pricing.  By doing so, they […]

Lower Concession Prices May Backfire | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Lower Concession Prices May Backfire | Strategic Pricing Solutions

The Atlanta Falcons have established a new concessions pricing strategy for the coming season, and they will have the lowest prices in the NFL.  They are lowering most prices in an effort to be more fan friendly. I am not a scrooge, but I think it is a bad decision. At best, they will make […]

Focus on the Segments Before Lowering Prices | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Focus on the Segments Before Lowering Prices | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Last week there was an article in the Wall Street Journal, So Long, Hamburger Helper: America’s Venerable Food Brands Are Struggling which discussed the declining market shares of some of the largest packaged food companies.  It is not a surprise; the large CPG companies have been losing customers for the past few years on multiple […]

How retailers can improve price perception–profitably | McKinsey & Company

How retailers can improve price perception–profitably | McKinsey & Company

New methodologies, powered by big data and advanced analytics, can help retailers attract value-conscious consumers without sacrificing margins. As retail executives know all too well, most pricing decisions require a trade-off between margin and price perception. To avoid a “race to the bottom”—the self-defeating exercise of trying to beat every competitor’s price on every item—retailers […]

Paper: Pricing – Time for Science to Replace Gut Instinct | RIS News

Paper: Pricing – Time for Science to Replace Gut Instinct | RIS News

When deployed correctly, pricing optimization solutions are powerful tools that deliver a clear business edge to retailers. Not only are they capable of setting prices for promotional products that consistently hit sell-through goals, but they can also help the entire product catalog sell at full price. But the catch is these sophisticated solutions can only […]

Blog: Retailer Pain Offers B2B Pricing Lessons | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Blog: Retailer Pain Offers B2B Pricing Lessons | Strategic Pricing Solutions

A recent article in Business Insider, No one pays full price anymore – and it’s terrifying companies, highlighted the perils of discounting.  The conclusion of the article was “Consumers just don’t want to pay full price for anything anymore.” While the pricing strategies of most retailers rarely start with discounting, they have trained their customers […]

Blog: Can Jet.Com Make it Up on Volume? | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Blog: Can Jet.Com Make it Up on Volume? | Strategic Pricing Solutions

A little more than a month ago, Jet.com opened its digital doors for business.  Jet’s stated goal is to “make shopping more transparent, more efficient, and at the same time, a little more fun.”   The pitch to potential customers is they will save money buying things on Jet.com instead of Amazon, Costco, and other online […]

Blog: Customer Segmentation in the Wireless Market | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Blog: Customer Segmentation in the Wireless Market | Strategic Pricing Solutions

For years cell phone service came with 2-year contracts and included a discount on a new telephone.  In the past year, however, T-Mobile started a trend of unbundling the purchase of the phone from purchase of talk, text, and data services.  Now all of the major carriers have moved to the unbundled model, with prices […]