Some Strategic Considerations For Price Matching

When a large company like Amazon eliminates price matching refunds on many items — most recently on televisions — there’s usually a very good reason. (Amazon isn’t the first and won’t be the last to start or stop matching prices). The most important pricing strategy question with which every retailer must wrestle is, when, where, and why and how t...
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Amazon’s latest gambit: Stores!  

In July 1995, a book retailer went online. Based in a garage in Seattle, the company’s early logo touted itself as “Earth’s biggest bookstore.” The original name for the company was to have been “Cadabra,” but when Jeff Bezos’ lawyer thought he said, “cadaver”, the name “Amazon” was chosen instead, not only to suggest scale, but also because the w...
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Back To The Future With Predictive Analytics

Here’s a guest article by ecommerce entrepreneur Patrick Foster.     Patrick writes: Big Data can be, and usually is… unstructured, unwieldy, and overwhelming. The secret to success with big data is knowing that it’s quality, not quantity, that counts. Some companies are swamped and stymied by big data, while those who zero in on the RIGHT da...
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Don’t Let Your Competitors Determine YOUR Profitability!

In today’s disruptive “retail (r)evolution”, retailers have to fight on many fronts simultaneously in search of The Holy Grail of success and profitability. Multiple challenges pulling on everyone include competition, customers, manufacturing, supply chain, globalism, omnichannel, assortment, pricing right, data analytics, etc.  So, today’s qu...
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Why Predictive Analytics Have Become Essential Technology For Retail Profit

Predictive analytics have quickly become an essential technology solution that retailers are eagerly adopting to compete and survive in today’s marketplace. Predictive analytics solutions let retailers use science to analyze Big Data… using patterns found in historical and transactional data to uncover actionable insights and opportunities, to ...
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Ten Top Retail Trends For 2017

trends-2017-on-computer-150Retailers have a pretty good idea which trends need addressing in the coming year — and beyond. They’re well aware that the retail (r)evolution includes all-encompassing categories such as consumer trends, seamless omnichannel strategies, the increasing inter-dependability of retail and technology, mobile (and mobile device) usage, big data anal...
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4 Brilliant Ways Retailers Can Offer Price Discounts & Still Preserve Margins: Rafi Mohammed

Pricing expert consultant Rafi Mohammed constantly amazes with his brilliant pricing ideas. This time he talks about margin-preserving strategies in a discount milieu. In recent Harvard Business Review (HBR) article, Mohammed wrote: “Retailers’ Holiday Strategy Doesn’t Have to Be ‘Discount Everything.'” First, the statistics: Analysts determined ...
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How Today’s Retailers Are Striving To Provide Unique Customer Experiences

If data analytics and price optimization are major drivers at the back end of today’s Retail business, the biggest challenge on the front end is to woo customers through the adroit use of socials — and then win them over with unique customer experiences in the store. Here are just a few recent headlines that show the extent to which retailers rec...
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An Exclusive: Reasons Why Online and Instore Retail Prices Should Be the Same

Upstream Commerce had the privilege to interview Chris H. Petersen, PhD, Retail Research Expert and Founder of Integrated Marketing Solutions, about his recent article: “Should retail prices in stores be the same as those online?” In the article, Petersen concludes that “consumers have already decided the answer to this question by expecting and ...
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How Retailers Are Making Profitable Pricing Decisions Using Price Optimization Software

In today’s transparent, always-on, highly competitive marketplace, savvy retailers are quickly adopting “the best technology so far” to compete strongly in the pricing arena. Price optimization software melds big data, science, and historical information to help retailers price millions of SKUs, product-by-product, in the most accurate, timely, an...
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6 Ways Retailers Gain Control By Using Private Labels

In the ongoing quest to leverage products, pricing and profits, retailers now see that offering hundreds of brands in every store is no longer a winning proposition. They appear to realize they have a better chance of reeling in more customers and profits by taking a more aggressive approach with private label products. JCPenney (Dallas Morning New...
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7 Reasons Why A Retailer Like Birkenstock Would Walk Away From Amazon

In July, Birkenstock notified its “Valued Partners” that the Company would stop selling on Amazon as of January 1, 2017… due, among other things, to “posting by sellers proven to have counterfeit Birkenstock products” … “plus a constant stream of unidentifiable unauthorized sellers who show a blatant disregard for our pricing policies.” (Report...
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Why Retailers Should Outsource Their Analytics

As predictive analytics and price optimization take their rightful place in the science of pricing, more and more retailers are asking: Is it better to perform my analytics in-house or use outside vendors who are experts in providing this service?

In a recent RetailWire discussion (Do retail marketers have an appetite for data science?) BrainTrust ...
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