Category Archives: Retail Assortment Intelligence

How NRF Members Are Ending Overstock & Understock Nightmares While Maximizing Margins

NRF logo 150 b&redAs thousands of retailers descend upon the NRF Annual Convention & Expo this week in New York, whether big or small, they all have at least two things in common: 1. The myriad challenges of multichannel functioning; and, 2. Having the right inventory at the right place at the right time AT THE RIGHT PRICE — in orde...
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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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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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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 yo...
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Why Are Retailers Afraid To Set Up Their Pricing Intelligence Solutions?

In our increasingly complex retail landscape, it makes sense for retailers to use only the best intelligence solutions to help access information and insights, identify and address opportunities, and mitigate challenges — with the express goal of being more effective and efficient than their competition. It seems that the retailers’ concerns re...
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How Retailers Can Achieve Wealth Through Savvy Pricing & Assortment Optimization

“Retailers today need every technological advantage they can get to track competitors‘ pricing and assortment in real time,” said Gartner research vice president Kevin Sterneckert. “When advanced pricing and assortment optimization techniques are applied, retailers can realize ten percent inventory reductions, one-point increases in turn and two-t...
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The Ideal Pricing Intelligence Solution

With today’s burgeoning technologies, big data mining, savvy connected consumers and overwhelming use of social media, a firm grasp of competitive pricing and assortment analytics and technology is critical to retailers to maintaining a competitive edge. Retailers, more than ever, must use a retail intelligence suite to optimize pricing opportunit...
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10 Reasons Price Matching Is A Risky Strategy: Ask Walmart, ToysRUs & Best Buy

What started as a competitive pricing strategy has turned into a bad dream for Walmart, ToysRUs, Best Buy and their customers. These, and other big retailers are running into flak because the price matching experience promised in the store is most decidedly not as expected, and some shoppers are angry enough to stop shopping there, reports a Bloo...
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9 Effective Habits Of Online Retail Winners

By now, we all know the drill about the online retail marketplace: It’s global and transparent, growing exponentially; social, mobile and omnichannel usage proliferates; consumers are more savvy and...
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Setting Prices & Pricing Data Are Top Challenges Retailers Cite In RSR “Tough Love” Survey

Breathing down every retailer’s neck in 2013 is online retail competition growing by double-digits, eCommerce surging ahead of brick & mortar and becoming more effective; and the use of more effective tools for meeting and beating the competition. In my previous blog post on RSR’s Tough Love, An In-Depth Look At Retail Pricing Practices, I talked a...
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