Friday, January 2, 2009

Price Comparison Power to the People

If you're a retail operation selling barcoded goods, there's a new tool in town that can make or break a sale. It's a phone application that allows consumers to get more information about a product by scanning its barcode on-site--and shows if it's available cheaper elsewhere. (See NPR's coverage for more information.)

For those who buy purely on price--and those who aim to be the low-cost leader--this is a match made in heaven, er, airwaves. For the rest of the retailers out there, your 2009 marketing strategy should clearly address a response for the value-based buyers--those who are not as concerned with finding the best price. What does your store offer that means something to consumers and would be worth paying more for? What can you do to increase value? To be competitive, this is the kind of thinking you'll need to do . . . unless you want to offer price-matching (risky) or are structured such that you can afford (and want!) to compete on price alone.

1 comment:

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