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How To Be A Price Leader Regardless of Size | Strategic Pricing Solutions

How To Be A Price Leader Regardless of Size | Strategic Pricing Solutions

A friend, also named Scott, recently sent me an article Leading the Way that discussed the frequency of small lubricant competitors leading the way in price changes.  The article, originally published in Lubes’n’Greases magazine demonstrated that independent producers increased prices of lubricants as frequently or more than the major producers.  The article reminded me you don’t have to be […]

7 Habits of Highly Effective Pricing | Strategic Pricing Solutions

7 Habits of Highly Effective Pricing | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Far too often we see organizations who say they want to improve their margins through better pricing, but their actions belie their statements.  Effective pricing does not occur by chance, and it does not result from following trite slogans.  Likewise, it is not an outcome of a one-time initiative from pricing consultants.  Effective pricing comes […]

Pricing the Trump Effect | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Pricing the Trump Effect | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Now that Donald Trump has been elected to be the next President of the United States, companies are looking at his campaign promises and cabinet appointments to assess what it means for their business.  In particular, companies are anxious about how a Trump Presidency will affect their cost of doing business.  This is all happening […]

No Sacred Cows | Strategic Pricing Solutions

No Sacred Cows | Strategic Pricing Solutions

The year 2016 is almost over.  All businesses should reflect on what has worked, and what has not worked; and they should be prepared to adjust in 2017.  That evaluation should include reviewing the results of decisions made regarding pricing strategies and tactics.  Equally important, the evaluation should be rigorous and thorough, and there should […]

Don’t Chase Pricing Ghosts | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Don’t Chase Pricing Ghosts | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Today is Halloween, but it is no time to be spooked by the challenge of increasing prices to fully capture the value of your products or services.  In nearly every company, opportunities exist to capture more value from select customers or products.  However, those opportunities are often not where you think they are, so do […]

Making Money is the Objective | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Making Money is the Objective | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Retail is an inherently low-margin business.  (If you doubt it, just look at Amazon’s return on sales.) To survive, retailers use many tools to determine how they can sell more to customers and at higher prices.  In recent years, data science has become a much more important part of the retail toolkit.  By analyzing how […]

Get the whole truth, not just anecdotes or opinions | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Get the whole truth, not just anecdotes or opinions | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Last week a friend told me that her sister’s business had overpaid their taxes and without justification the government would not refund the overpayment.  I was skeptical of the story and responded that there is a very clear process for requesting refunds of overpaid taxes or applying them to the subsequent year, and the IRS […]

Pricing Lessons from the Pharmaceutical Industry | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Pricing Lessons from the Pharmaceutical Industry | Strategic Pricing Solutions

Over the past several months, pricing strategies and practices of the pharmaceutical industry have been a subject of discussion, many times for the wrong reasons.  In particular, Valeant has come under extreme criticism for raising the prices of its drugs.  Another company, Turing Pharmaceuticals raised the price of Daraprim from $13.50 to $750.00, an increase […]

When to Use Low Prices to Grab Market Share | Strategic Pricing Solutions

When to Use Low Prices to Grab Market Share | Strategic Pricing Solutions

I don’t use Uber often, but our family recently used it to take us to the airport. When we returned, we just walked outside the airport and hopped in a taxi.  The price of the Uber ride ended up about 35% lower than the price of the taxi.  That is not news.  It has been […]

Incremental Investments in Pricing Yield Big Returns| Strategic Pricing Solutions

Incremental Investments in Pricing Yield Big Returns| Strategic Pricing Solutions

All companies want to improve their profitability and deliver more value to their shareholders, but the best ways to do that are often debated. Pricing is the most powerful lever available to companies striving to improve profitability, but how to effectively use that lever may be unclear. Over the years we have talked with many […]