Category Archives: Retail Intelligence

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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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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JEGS High Performance Adds Data & Pricing Advantages Through Partnering With Upstream Commerce

UC logo 150 x 157NEW YORK– JEGS High Performance will use the competitive insights and capabilities provided by Upstream Commerce Retail Intelligence, the two companies announced today.

“We specifically chose to work with Upstream Commerce for their expertise, in general, and their experience in the automotive parts and accessories industry, in particular,” said ...
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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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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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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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Retailers’ Survival Guide To Webrooming

With 88% of shoppers saying they research online and then buy in-store (webrooming), and 76% of shoppers saying they research in-store and then buy online (showrooming), retailers who can deliver real-time retail through seamless omni-channel experiences will reap the biggest rewards. I promised — at the end of my last post — about webrooming — to ...
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Price Optimization Survival Guide For Retailers

“Failing to use the proven science behind price optimization technologies has become a true inhibitor for retailers,” observed the RSR researchers in the conclusion to their recent pricing survey, the Pricing Paradox. And, although the stated position of RSR Research is “to focus on the business challenges and opportunities that technologies can...
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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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25 Ways Your Retail Competitors Are Poised To Increase Their Pricing Power

As retailers jockey for position in the competitive marketplace, tactics and strategies that didn’t exist yesterday are mainline today — and will be history tomorrow. Customer, product, supply, assortment, marketing, social, omni-channel, you-name-it. Once a product exists, EVERYTHING revolves around that product, i.e. pricing, price competition an...
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5 Vital Questions Every Retailer Should Ask When Choosing Their Retail Intelligence Solutions

A funny thing happened to me at the eTail West conference in San Antonio, Texas earlier this month: I realized that many retailers don’t fully appreciate the vast differences in the capabilities and offerings of “pricing intelligence” providers. Many of the folks with whom I spoke seemed to think that there are a number of vendors, all doing and of...
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How Retail Intelligence Helps Make Customer Experience Personal Again

If a customer can get anything they want, anywhere they want, any time they want these days, the retailer has to be price competitive — and more.  One of the biggest trump cards retailers have is to use retail intelligence to personalize the particular experience to make it memorable and satisfying to the customer. The old days of retail knitted t...
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