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For a long time now, the practice of product pricing has involved more art than science, with product managers and sales professionals governed mostly by what "felt right." In recent years, however, science has started to gain the upper hand, and the sun may be setting on the era of "pricing by the gut."
In manufacturers' never-ending quest to turn over every stone that may yield better profits and allay the pressures of a bustling global marketplace, the list of strategies is long and growing: business-spanning ERP systems, lean manufacturing, collaborative networks that tie in partners across the supply chain, and outsourced labor, to name a few. An item that only recently made the list is one that seems the most obvious, at least in retrospect: pricing science.
Few variables have a more direct impact on a company's profit than the price at which it sells its products.
Source: Managing Automation, http://www.managingautomation.com
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