Category Archives: Pricing Intelligence

Blog posts that discuss how online retailers can using pricing intelligence tools to compete more effectively

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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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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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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Underpricing & Overpromoting Are Some of the Retail Mistakes Revealed by 2016 RSR Benchmark Pricing Study

For the past few years, RSR (Retail Systems Research) has noted and chided retailers for being slow to adapt to modern market and pricing demands, believing they could win the race by low, lower, and lowest prices, or thinking that just participating in the race (i.e. competing on low price), would keep them in the game. This year’s RSR Benchmark ...
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Exclusive With Harvard Professor: How Retailers & Consumers Benefit from MAP Policy Enforcement

Spurred by the availability of extensive new data, a study of MAP pricing and policy compliance addresses “the urgent need of managers to understand the evolving online marketplace.” The study, Minimum Advertised Pricing: Patterns of Violation in Competitive Retail Markets — out of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and ...
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“List Prices” Have Become Slippery Slope for Retailers, Customers & The Law

Marketing StrategyRemember when price tags had information on them like: “Valued at, compared to, marked down from, or manufacturer’s suggested retail price? In recent years, many retailers have been hauled into court for “false and misrepresentative” advertising — for comparing the discounted price to list prices that were inflated o...
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10 Advantages of Private Label Branding

Private-label-tags-red-center-150-150x150As we noted in our last post, Amazon is now offering fashion clothing and accessories under its own private labels. Why private label you may ask?  First, fashion sales are very profitableclothes and food are where the biggest money in retailing is,” according to Forbes article, Amazon’s Endlessly Fascinating Push Into High-End Fashion. Se...
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Retail Technology Trends For 2016

It won’t come as a surprise that tomorrow’s retail world is already here! Catalytic forces at play include accelerated digital technology use, wider acceptance of cloud capabilities, the explosion of mobile commerce, and more.  All aimed, of course, at serving the multi-connected, multi-channel, multi-available consumer.  And, when all is s...
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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 Pricing For Profit No Matter The Season

EPSON scanner image“Bah humbug”, said Ebenezer Scrooge — until he was shown vignettes of his Christmas past, present, and future (in Charles Dickens’ novel, A Christmas Carol). This year, it seems that retailers, with the use of predictive analytics, are finally taking a good look at their Christmas past, present, and future — with regard to when it’s appropriate ...
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Trend To More Sophisticated Product Management By High Fashion Retailers?

Chart 150 DiscountedProductsPostHolidayFor the past two weeks we’ve been writing about possible retail strategy trends for the 2015 Holidays based on data analysis performed by Upstream Commerce that suggests both the number of discounted products and the depth of price promotions in the holiday season diminished over the past two holiday seasons. (Analysis was based on data on seven to...
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Fewer Promotions In Store For Holidays 2015: Upstream Commerce

Charts Avg Discount 150There are definite shifts in the way large retailers are discounting during the holiday season.  By analyzing 300,000 products of seven large fashion retailers during the holiday seasons of 2013 and 2014, retail intelligence leader Upstream Commerce uncovered important trends and promotion strategies that hint at what may be in store for consumers...
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