Category Archives: Retail Pricing Strategies

How Retailers Are Using Price Optimization Solutions To Increase Profits

Retailers (finally) are realizing that the driver of their profit is price optimization. In short, using science to price right and reduce the compulsion to discount. A recent Bloomberg article showed both Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors reporting headway in profits — by offering fewer markdowns, executing better management of their inventory, and...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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