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7 key steps to outprice, outsell
and outperform your competition
“Retailers today need every technological advantage they can get to track competitors’ pricing and assortment in real-time… It’s increasingly becoming a real-time environment for action and reaction."

Kevin Sterneckert, Gartner Research VP, Expert Analyst, Merchandise Life-Cycle Optimization
6 reasons every retailer
should track competitors' prices daily
In order to succeed, you have to compete in every way - with regard to planning, positioning, pricing, winning customers, and even dealing with some things that are beyond your control. To do this, you need the right capabilities, tactics and guidelines to give you the rich and timely insights for optimal decision-making.
Learn how Upstream Commerce has paid off for Staples
"For Staples, using Upstream Commerce has definitely paid off… The results from incorporating the insights from Upstream Commerce
into our day-to-day pricing operations have shown us what is truly possible when you have complete visibility into our competitors’ prices."
Recent articles from our blog
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Jun 13, 2015Competitive Intelligence expert Benjamin Gilad, in a recent article about competitive strategy that appeared in the Harvard Business Review (HBR), said businesses are making a mistake if they think that competition is about, well, only about their competition. Rather, he points out, competitive intelligence (CI) is about the whole marketplace and the key is making strategic decisions based on insights found IN the competitive data, not the data itself.
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How Retailers Are Boosting Gross Margins Up To 37% Using Merchandise Analytics
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Price Strategies Retailers Use To Increase Sales & Move Inventory
Mar 05, 2015Price 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.
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10 Important Reasons Retailers Should Monitor Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) Violations
Jun 21, 2014Are your competitors violating MAP agreements to the detriment of YOUR bottom line? As you know, Minimum Advertised Price or MAP -- emphasis on the word "Advertised" -- is a supplier / manufacturer pricing policy (with legal ramifications), not permitting resellers to advertise a product for prices below a certain specified amount.
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10 Important Pricing Lessons Retailers Can Learn From 10 Simply Stupid Pricing Mistakes
Mar 26, 201410 Simply Stupid Pricing Tips, by Pricing Prophet, Jon Manning gives us ten important pricing lessons on how to price wisely. Jon calls them "tips"; I prefer to call them "retail pricing strategy mistakes". Manning, as always, tackles the essential issues and cuts to the heart of the matter with a rapier. In his latest video, below, Jon presents the following pricing faux pas, followed by his brief, pointed, educational observations...
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Pricing Intelligence Solutions Are NOT Created Equal: 5 Vital Questions Every Retailer Should Ask & Get Answered
Mar 21, 2014A 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 offering roughly the same thing. I'd like to tell you that this just isn't so – and why it's important to understand the differences.
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Private Label Popularity Means Retailers Must Compare Products Carefully & Price Competitively
Mar 14, 2014The “Great Recession” and the recent ailing economy brought new opportunities for supermarkets, drugstores, and “Club” stores to reach out to consumers increasingly eager to save on everyday purchases. One of the simplest strategies for consumers to trim costs was to switch to cheaper brands, also known as generic no-name brand...
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