Reduce Price to Improve Revenues and Margins




No. SIC Year Notes
1 1021 1991 During hostility, Phelps Dodge offered to be competitive on price but didn't guarantee the lowest price in the market. In 1983, Phelps Dodge led the industry in switching from Producer Priced-based pricing to COMEX-based pricing. This didn't have much impact on market share, though, because all competitors followed quickly enough. Towards the end of hostility, competitors set a fixed premium over COMEX, which fluctuated given distance and payment terms. Phelps Dodge, however, would not release a fixed premium, preferring instead to calculate a unique price for each customer. This had the advantage of making price comparison difficult.
2 2656 1988 Fort Howard has countered some of the success of its dedicated cup competitors with its new aggressive pricing policy. After several years of share losses, Fort Howard either met competitive prices or, in some cases, discounted up to 3% to retain and even gain share in National Accounts. This policy has been successful in reversing the share loss.
3 2824 1999 To make sure that our customers are not losing in the marketplace to that particular competitor that they have, we’ve had to take some rifle shots. We’ve gone in and helped them on specific accounts to make sure that they stay competitive.
4 3241 1991 Among domestic producers, share was won or lost due to innovations, not prices. Within domestic producers, price was commoditized. Each competitor was willing to match the other's price for long-standing relationship and large volume customers.
5 3292 1993 An industry leader considered moving towards customer-group pricing, which had the potential to save significant operating costs. However, this model would result in lost profits. Group pricing brings high-priced customers closer to low-priced customers.
6 3442 2005 One company sets its price by product. It then makes exceptions to tht price for individual customers as they run into competition. The company will also discount prices to help the customer's customer complete.
7 3571 1992 IBM's mainframe systems business, source of 60% of IBM profits, has peaked. Large customers using fewer mainframes in fewer data centers. Price discounting has reached 50% on some deals in industry. IBM to cut sales, admin.
8 3571 1996 Rebound of IBM not due to technology, pricing or marketing moves–due to established relationships, focusing on the customers' needs. Mainframe prices cut when customers complained of high prices.
9 4911 1994 OPC's average revenues per kilowatt hour (kwh) sold to its members was 5.47 cents in 1993. Rates to member residential and large commercial/industrial customers averaged 8.29 and 4.87 cents/kwh, respectively. While OPC's average residential rates were 7% higher than those charged by Georgia Power Co., OPC's average large commercial/industrial rates are very competitive at 4.87 cents/kwh, compared to GPC's average rate of 4.71 cents/kwh.
10 4931 1992 Increased competition promises huge benefits for customers in the form of better rates. American National Can received a 25% discount from Cleveland Public and saved $240,000 per year.
11 6211 2000 Fidelity and Schwab have been showering their customers with favors especially cutting prices to hold on to existing customers rather than to expand the market. The price reductions are aimed specifically at frequent traders.
12 6211 2004 Charles Schwab Corporation reduced commissions in an effort to lure entry-level clients tempted by online firms. Charles Schwab & Co warned that lower commissions would trim revenue by 2% or 3% in the next year. Commissions were cut by more than 60% for its wealthiest clients. Customers with over $100,000 in stock or other assets will pay $19.95 for each trade, and customers with more than $1 million in their accounts will pay only $9.95, both commission fees down from $29.95. Still, Schwab's prices will be more expensive than their competitors. E-Trade charges $12.99 per trade for clients with accounts worth at least $50,000, and Ameritrade charges $10.99. However, Schwab says that it's not looking to be the least expensive, but win back customers with its combination of service, reputation, and cost. In the meantime, Schwab is compensating for any lost income by scaling back hiring.
13 6211 2005 Charles Schwab will cut trading fees, lowering commissions on many of its online-investor customers by 35%. The cuts will benefit about a million households with assets at Schwab between $50,000 and $1 million. Fees for these clients will drop to $12.95 from $19.95. Rivals such as Scottrade and Fidelity Investments have lowered fees in an effort to lure price-conscious traders.
14 6321 2009 Only Progressive gives you the option to name your price. They say that if you tell them what you want to pay, they will build you a policy to fit your budget.
15 7372 2004 Amid heavy competition, Linux firms are offering steep discounts. Red Hat cut the price of its Enterprise Linux AS software by 40% to $850 per server. At the same time, Microsoft has gotten more aggressive on pricing of its Windows software. The company has made major concessions to big customers who have threatened to use Linux.
16 7372 2005 When the English National Health Service was going to negotiate a new licensing agreement with Microsoft Corp., the company also met with Sun Microsystems Inc. about trying its Linux based software. The company announced significant savings could be wrung from using Linux and it would enable the company to give better care to its patients. In response, Microsoft lowered its prices.
17 7374 1994 An industry competitor has found large price differences among merchants. These prices vary by the size of the merchant. Regional merchants are charged $.37 per transaction while the largest national merchants are charged only $.027 per transaction. Within a merchant size range, variations in pricing exist, from 50% below to over 200% above the average.
18 8011 Medicare and Medicaid both receive substantial discounts from list prices but only the managed care companies provide increased patient volume in exchange for their pricing discount.
19 8062 2003 Very few patients are actually charged the official prices that hospitals have to make public. All patients covered by insurance are assessed discounted rates negotiated by the payers. Only those with no insurance are billed the full costs. As work place health benefits erode, consumers are paying out of their own pockets for procedures not covered by insurance.
20 8062 2009 Rising health care costs, especially in the share paid by the patient, are making more patients try to bargain down prices. Hospitals often prefer to chop a bill down in percentage terms rather than fight over individual charges. Tenet Healthcare, says that a 40% discount off the inflated list price is the norm for cash-paying customers.

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