Archives tagged: channel partners

The New Invisible Hand: Five Revolutions in the Digital Economy

The Elephants in the Room

By Kyle T. Westra May 24, 2019

Having value-creating channel partners is much better than the alternative. But even good partnerships carry risk. In the channel, one of those risks is that the partner becomes more powerful than the supplier.

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Channel Strategy in CPG

By Kyle T. Westra April 30, 2019

Forgoing traditional channel distribution didn’t stop Oatly from a quick expansion. The New York Times reported in January 2018 that “Oatly has spread from 10 locations in New York to more than 1,000 locations nationwide,” less than a year after it landed in the U.S. 1,000 locations pales in comparison to its footprint had they  teamed up with grocery retail.

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Treating Channel Partners Strategically

By Kyle T. Westra March 24, 2019

Common examples of channel partners include wholesalers, distributors, and retailers. All of these activities are necessary tasks for a functioning commercial organization. If the supplier doesn’t do one of these tasks, a channel partner must. Conversely, if a channel partner doesn’t, the supplier must.

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Do CPG Companies Really Have Control over Pricing?

By Tim J. Smith, PhD February 27, 2019

What can a CPG control and what must be taken as a “given” from the market? Which price should a CPG use as its benchmark for comparing different channels and retailers? Which price points should a CPG attempt to manage?

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Pricing Governance and Culture Change

By Tim J. Smith, PhD November 30, 2018

In order for any pricing improvement project to deliver its potential value, price governance and pricing culture must intersect. Some may want to dismiss this as “too much to take on,” but the results of addressing fundamental questions from both sectors creates the difference between the companies that slog-along and those that thrive.

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Sales, Marketing, Finance and Pricing in Price Management

By Tim J. Smith, PhD June 16, 2017

Our own research—that of Homburg, Jensen, and Hahn—as well as research by Hinterhuber and still other works by Liozu, repeatedly indicated firms that engage sales, marketing finance, and pricing leaders in pricing decisions outperform those that don’t. At this point, we may even call this settled managerial science.

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Consider Business Growth by Focusing on Increasing Market Penetration

By Lee Flynn February 4, 2016

Increasing your market penetration is extremely helpful, and once you have a larger fan base, you’ll have more people to promote to for your next products and services. This is why a market penetration strategy can be a great option when you’re starting out a business and attempting to increase your fan base. These methods should help you to reach a wider audience around the world to promote your business.

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Cost-Plus or Value-Based: Who Wins?

By Anirban Sengupta May 11, 2015

Cost-plus pricers believe in understanding the cost of making a product and then adding a profit margin on top of the cost to arrive at the price of the product. Value-based pricers on the other hand are not keen at looking at cost or a target mark-up. Instead they focus on realizing the value that the product brings to the customer and then pricing it according to the value.

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Managing Value: Where the Problem Lies

By Anirban Sengupta February 17, 2015

After a firm adopts value based selling it comes face to face with the next big challenge: How to manage the process of value based selling?

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Strategic Implications of Leegin Price Floor Ruling

By Tim J. Smith, PhD August 1, 2007

In a landmark case, the US Supreme Court removed a barrier to vertical price floors in a 5-4 ruling on Leegin v.…

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