10 Very Smart Back To School Pricing Strategies For Retailers

$68 Billion from NRF Infographic 10“Never price less any time you can be making more profit,” should be the mantra of every successful retailer from enterprise on down. This is especially true of holiday selling, including the upcoming back to school shopping season. Here are some highlights of the 2015 NRF Back To School Shopping Survey, followed by “10 Very Smart Back To School S...
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Why Keeping Your Retail Competitors in Business Keeps YOUR Profits High

“Can a retailer “cooperate” with his/her competitors so both succeed and make greater profits?” This is the question posed and discussed by Pragmatic Marketing expert Mark Stiving in his recent article, Pricing and the Prisoner’s Dilemma. The prisoner’s dilemma (which originated in game theory) represents a situation where two players both do bet...
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Upstream Commerce Unveils New Advanced Trending Solution

Advanced trending perpetual motion150What if retailers could combine market data with key business metrics to uncover underlying trends — and then leverage these insights to optimize business results?  What if retailers could get answers to important questions such as: “How does my sales volume behave when my price changes are not aligned with market price movements?” or, “Which met...
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Predictive Analytics: A Retailer’s New Best Trend!

Illustration Of Service Oriented Layered Architecture And Global Business In A Business Hands And ThRetailers are finding that the path to optimal pricing and increased profit margins goes through predictive analytics. To properly capitalize on nascent scientific solutions, retailers have to: Determine how the technology fits into their company culture; integrate the technological capabilities with existing support systems; involve key company fo...
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Is Your Real Competition The Competition — Or The Marketplace?

Businessman Hand Working With New Modern Computer And Business SuccessThis is about how insightful competitive intelligence ensures your business agility. Competitive Intelligence expert, Benjamin Gilad, in a recent article about competitive strategy in the Harvard Business Review (HBR), said businesses are mistaken if they think that competition is about, well, only about their competition. Rather, he points out, c...
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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

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 strategie...
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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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