Reduce Price to Improve Revenues and Margins




No. SIC Year Notes
1 2043 1996 Post is positioning itself as a value provider. Its brands will be priced at about $3 a box. Private-label brands run $2 to $2.49 a box.
2 2111 1992 The biggest growth has been in deep-discount "subgeneric" brands like PM's Bristol, AB's Montclair and L's Pyramid. They sell for about half the more than $2 retail cost of a pack of full-priced cigarettes.
3 2262 2005 In an effort to overtake Italian and French factories, which have powered the silk-furniture business for decades, Chinese mills have been pouring millions of dollars into new equipment and modern weaving techniques. That is leading to a sharp rise in the quality and variety of Chinese silk used for upholstery – at prices up to 80% less than similar offerings in Europe. Until now, the high price of silk has made it prohibitively expensive for most large manufacturers to make these pieces. The strength of the euro and China's lower labor costs have also helped Chinese mills beat their European counterparts on price. Embroidered silks from China can cost as little as $30 a yard, while similar fabrics from Italy can cost between $150 and $300.
4 2320 1991 P-VH has taken market share from Arrow and others by covering all the price points. It offers medium-priced Van Heusen 417 and Hennessy shirts, ranging from $21 to $36. It offers upper-scale customers Geoffrey Beene, Cezani and Etienne Aigner labels at up to $45. The company is also the nation's largest private-label dress shirt maker.
5 2840 1996 USA Detergents cleaning products are "value-priced": means they cost a bit more than the lowest-priced products, private-label brands. And they're priced about 60% less than premium brands by firms like P&G.
6 3571 2003 In 2002, Cray released a new machine, the Cray X1, which found an immediate market in handling long-range weather forecasting and climate studies. However, rival NEC came out with a model in the same $10 million price range, but with greater speed.
7 3576 1999 The personal digital assistant will retail for $499, about $100 less than what Palm announced last May.
8 3651 2005 Apple Computers Inc. is moving from the high-end and taking clear aim at the low end of its two core markets. Currently, the market is fragmented among dozens of MP3 players that charge roughly $150 for devices that hold 120 songs. What Apple has done is deliberately undercut the competition. The base model of the new shuffle costs $99 and holds 120-plus songs. To get that low price, however, it has designed a bare-bones platter that may not appeal to everyone. Apple's gadget boasts no screen – meaning users can't see or control what they're playing. Apple is betting that there are plenty of low-budget buyers out there who will find the shuffle enough gadget for their need. It also hopes they'll be tempted to move up into a pricier iPod, especially if they get hooked buying music form the company's iTunes music stores.
9 3674 1997 Cyrix's new microprocessors cost much less than Intel chips. A Cyrix 233 MHz chip will cost $320, versus $636 for a comparable Pentium II.
10 3721 1987 Airbus managers are girding for a knock-down-drag-out fight with McDonnell. Airbus strategy is to go for the kill. The A340 won't be commercially successful airplane, but it can really hurt McDonnell. Attack on a weak competitor.
11 3955 2001 Each printer ink kit contains enough ink for about three refills. The color ink kits cost about $25; the black ink kits cost about $20. Compare that with $105 for three color cartridges or $75 for three black cartridges, and you get a good idea of just how much you could save.
12 4512 1994 By charging 25% to 33% less than established carriers along CA routes, Southwest's market share has soared from 4% in 1987 to 47% today.
13 4513 2003 Brand-new Boeing 777s are selling for $165 million–and competing with 10-to15-year-old 737-300s available for $5 million to $8 million and 20-year-old 737-200s at $1.5 million. A wide-body 250-seat Boeing 767-300ER, which sold new for $65 million in 1998, should go for $35 million now. The middleman gets at least $1 million.
14 5331 1996 One price comparison cited by Goldman Sachs last year found that Dollar Tree's prices averaging less than 1/2 those of Kmart for comparable items.
15 6141 2006 Wal-Mart Store Inc. has been selling financial products to low-income customers who many shop in its stores, but don't have relationships with traditional banks. Wal-Mart's prices for the financial services are lower than many competitors. Wal-Mart charges 46 cents for a money order, compared with as much as $1.30 at the post office. The company also charges a maximum of $3 to cash a payroll check; check cashing firms usually charge 2% to 3% of the check's face value.
16 6211 1997 Internet brokers such as E*Trade Group Inc. offer trading to cost-conscious investors at half Schwab's commission.
17 7372 2009 When Westcon complained of high costs for Microsoft's portfolio of business software, a sales rep offered him a new version of Exchange—an e-mail systems software—for a monthly fee, while Microsoft maintained the bulky program and data on its own servers.
18 7514 1995 Thanks to lower overhead costs, Enterprise's rental rates are generally below those of competitors, sometimes as much as 30% under its airport-based rivals.
19 7999 2003 Alpine Meadows ski resort recently added a daily, slightly restricted adult lift ticket for $39, down from $56 last year. Skiers at Alpine last spent $39 for a day pass in the 1989-90 season. Sugar Bowl quickly matched the offer this season. To deal with the heavy volume of skiers its $39 lift pass deal will attract, Alpine will cut off sales and parking (except to season pass holders) when the slopes and parking lot are deemed too crowded.
20 8111 2000 Venture Law Group has been trying to get its lawyers to work fewer hours, on the theory that it can make more money investing in clients than billing them. And it does all this while consciously shunning the biggest and most prestigious corporate clients.

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