How Retailers Are Boosting Gross Margins Up To 37% Using Merchandise Analytics

In today’s fast-moving, competitive marketplace, every retailer needs to have the right product at the right place at the right time in order to make the sale and recognize the greatest profit. Simultaneously, retailers and technology providers have recognized that it’s not just about the price. Using a Suite of Retail Intelligence Solutions tha...
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How Predictive Analytics Are Revolutionizing Retail

Predictive Analytics on Golden Compass.Guess what? Analytics of the future  are… already here! Using data-driven insights derived from predictive analytics, retailers are empowering themselves to offer top selling items to the right customers at the right times, at the RIGHT PRICE, at the right locations (in-store and online), and more. Insights derived from the data lead to strategi...
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Retailer Price Strategies That Increase Sales & Move Inventory

Businessman Hand Holding StrategyPrice is a critical competitive issue for retailers.  (That is, of course, an understatement). A recent survey by Gartner Company subsidiary and point of sale research firm, Software Advice, examined how retail technology adoption, especially pricing strategy, can help a retailer stay afloat in today’s make-or-break market. The report confirme...
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How Can Retailers Confront Disruption & Avoid Extinction?

ExtinctHere’s what you didn’t learn in school about the disruption affecting retail today. A recent article by consultant Chris H. Petersen, “Seven disruptive trends that will kill the ‘dinosaurs of retail’” discussed the fate of “25 retail dinosaurs that vanished in the last 25 years” which was the subject of an Entrepreneur article. Those retailers in...
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How Price Intelligence Can Help Retailers Win Nearly Every Poker Pot

When I talk with prospects about choosing the best pricing intelligence solutions, I tell them to visualize a poker game where they win the pot regularly and consistently. As you know, in the game of Poker, you are dealt a certain set of cards on which you must base your bidding. You bet on whether you think you have the best hand and then compete ...
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Research On Holiday Pricing Patterns At Amazon, Zappos & Macy’s Unmasks Some Interesting Shopping Myths

Amazon Zappos Macys etc. logos 150Here’s an interesting take on some Big Retailers’ Holiday Season Pricing Patterns: “How to snag a bargain over the holiday shopping period,” on Tamebay, by our newest guest blogger, Chris Dawson.

Chris writes: We’re just two weekends away from what’s traditionally the busiest online shopping weekend of the year. For our American readers ...
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Vendors: If You Have A Product True… Amazon May Go To School On You… And Sell It Too!

While performing competitive research for its own clients, retail intelligence leader Upstream Commerce noted that Amazon was likely following its marketplace vendors’ product success, when, within twelve short weeks, Amazon had picked up and sold 25% of important women’s clothing items that were first introduced by its own marketplace vendors! ...
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Does Amazon Eye Its Own Marketplace Vendors’ Best Sellers?

“In an ideal business world, any vendor would love to know in advance which products are going to become best sellers… so if another retailer, in this case, Amazon, tracks its own marketplace vendors’ product success and then decides, on short notice, to sell those products itself, what would this tell you?” Well, recent research that Upstream Com...
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6 Powerful Paths To Profit Using Predictive Analytics 

Dump that shirt that isn’t selling well. Delete SKUs with low sales. Don’t carry that product line because no-one’s buying it. Jack your prices around because that’s what your competitors are doing — and in real time. Right? Well, the answer is a resounding: Don’t do it! Here’s why: It’s every retailer’s dream scenario to know what the consumer wan...
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Upstream Commerce Unveils New Predictive Pricer™ Price Optimization Solution

UC logo 200 x 190Global retail intelligence leader Upstream Commerce offers SaaS-based intelligence and analytics solutions that transform the way retailers price, select merchandise and manage products in order to maximize sales and optimize margins. Today, at SHOP.ORG’s 2014 SUMMIT, Upstream Commerce unveiled their new Predictive Pricer™ price optimization solu...
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Benchmark Brands/FootSmart® Selects Upstream Commerce to Provide Its Competitive Retail Intelligence Solutions

UC logo 200 x 190NEW YORK – Omnichannel retail leader, Benchmark Brands, no. 204 on the Internet Retailer 500, has chosen intelligence provider, Upstream Commerce, to maximize Benchmark’s price and assortment optimization in order for Benchmark to better serve their prime audience of baby boomers and seniors needing comfortable footwear, footwear-related products,...
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Dynamic Pricing: What should you do if your competitors change prices every hour — or even every minute?

Editor’s Note: We recently received some great questions on our Competitive Pricing For Online Retail LinkedIn Group Site — worth sharing with our wider audience. Questions such as: 1. What should you do if your competitors change prices every hour or even every minute (i.e. dynamic pricing)? 2. When performing competitive intelligence, how can you...
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25 Ways Retailers Can Beat Amazon With Multi-channel Marketing

To pick up where Amos left off, “multi-channel retailers have many advantages over Amazon if they continue to exploit every opportunity to blur the channels.” (Retailers’ Survival Guide To Webrooming). Simultaneously comes a report from Boston Retail Partners stating, “The retail industry is undergoing an unprecedented multi-channel transformation ...
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