Archives posted in: Selling

Brick and Mortar Retailing Basing Comeback on Generational Marketing

By James T. Berger November 17, 2019

Rumors of the demise of retailing are highly exaggerated. In the article “Brick-and-Mortar Stores Are Making a Comeback,” author Jon McFarland Flint…

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Target and Walmart Score Some Points Against Amazon

By Nathan L. Phipps September 13, 2019

Anyone who follows the retail industry is aware of the relentless ascent of Amazon, a tech giant that has completely transformed the…

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Strategic Movements: June 2019

By Tim J. Smith, PhD June 17, 2019

Honey Demand Up, Supply Constant.  Prices? Demand for honey has increased as people perceive it as a healthy alternative to sucrose and…

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Strategic Movements: May 2019

By Tim J. Smith, PhD May 24, 2019

Tesla Model 3 sales volume underwhelmed expectations in Mid-April. SpaceX capsule was damaged in weekend engine tests, spewing smoke.  How to respond?  Elon Musk touted the future of self-driving cars and his strategy for deploying them.  If the truth is unpleasant yet you have fan followers, can he simply change the narrative by talking about a brighter future, again?

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Evolving Product Strategy in a Growing Industry

By Tim J. Smith, PhD January 30, 2019

Between the highest- and the lowest-priced products, other products will be positioned. A plethora of product positions in price and benefits should be considered the norm as an industry moves from introduction, through growth, and into maturity.

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Major Commercial Policy Design Issues

By Tim J. Smith, PhD October 30, 2018

In this missive, I examine how companies selling to end customers through distributors and retailers can design their commercial policy.

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How to Manage Price During a Trade War

By Tim J. Smith, PhD August 23, 2018

Executives in industries impacted by the tariffs, retaliatory tariffs, and threatened future tariffs must react. The playbook for executives in this trade war will vary.

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Strategic Movements: August 2018

By Tim J. Smith, PhD August 23, 2018

“Those who are insistent that human beings cannot cope with determining what to do unless all values are somehow reduces to no more than one, are evidently comfortable with counting (‘is it more or less?’), but not with judgment (‘is this more important than the other?’).”

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Decision to Grow Instead of Harvest May Be the Key to Microsoft’s Survival

By James T. Berger July 30, 2018

According to Foley: “Many People find it easier to see the benefits that come with cutting costs and looking for efficiencies and worry that what may come with growth could be elusive.”

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The New Invisible Hand: Five Revolutions in the Digital Economy

The Pitfalls of Dynamic Pricing

By Kyle T. Westra June 28, 2018

In my upcoming book, preliminarily titled The New Invisible Hand, I’ll explore the most important technological trends affecting pricing and commercial strategy. One chapter will focus specifically on this issue: unpacking the promise and perils of dynamic pricing.

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