Archives tagged: tariffs

Strategic Movements: August 2019

By Tim J. Smith, PhD August 16, 2019

Online Grocer Pricing Thrive Market requires a $60 annual fee and offers free shipping for orders over $49. Public Goods requires a…


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…


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?


Strategic Movements: March 2019

By Tim J. Smith, PhD March 24, 2019

I know Elon Musk is a Silicon Valley type person, but is he being rational with distribution and price? Tesla announced in late February a plan to end all physical dealerships and move to an online-only distribution. Their justification: to reduce vehicle price to the mythical $35,000. Is this smart?


Strategic Movements: January 2019

By Tim J. Smith, PhD January 30, 2019

MoviePass pays theatres for each visit by a patron. Simply, it’s poor thinking on MoviePass’s part. Pricing Strategy, Chapters 12 and 13 would have told them this was poor thinking. Too caught up in Lemming Thinking on e-subscription services.


Federal Court v. Apple on Tying Arrangements

By Tim J. Smith, PhD December 31, 2018

As of November 27, 2018, the Supreme Court is determining whether a group of consumers have standing to sue Apple Inc. over the way they manage iPhone apps (1). The probability of this suit being adjudicated by the Supreme Court is definitely non-zero.


Strategic Movements: November 2018

By Tim J. Smith, PhD November 30, 2018

While specifics are not clear, the Swedish company Electrolux is noted to have raised U.S. prices by 10%, and is suspected to be seeking a further 4% price increase in early Q1 2019.


Are You Raising Prices Fast Enough?

By Tim J. Smith, PhD September 29, 2018

Learning from companies in other countries, we find common imperatives to undertake in response to price volatility. These imperatives are related to building the organizational ability to flexibly adjust prices in response to changing market environment.


Strategic Movements – September 2018

By Tim J. Smith, PhD September 29, 2018

Procter & Gamble announced price increases for Pampers and Bounty in July 2018. Kimberly-Clark similarly announced price increases for Huggies and Viva in August 2018.  Both cite inflationary cost pressures specifically pulp. Monitoring competitive price moves is good business intelligence. Watch out for inflation 2018.


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.