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Tackling the Retailer Decision Maze: Which Brands to Discount, How Much, When and Why?

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  • Gerard J. Tellis

    (University of Southern California)

  • Fred S. Zufryden

    (University of Southern California)

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    We propose a model that seeks the optimal timing and depth of retail discounts with the optimal timing and quantity of the retailer's order over multiple brands and time periods. The model is based on an integration of consumer decisions in purchase incidence, brand choice and quantity with the dynamics of household and retail inventory. The major contribution of the model is that it shows how the optimum depth and timing of discount varies with key demand characteristics such as consumer stockpiling, loyalty, response to the marketing mix, and segmentation. In addition, the optima also vary with key supply characteristics such as retail margins, depth and frequency of manufacturer deals, retail inventory, and retagging costs. The most valuable contribution of the model is that it can provide an optimal discount strategy for multiple brands over multiple time periods. The optimization model runs on a user-friendly personal computer program. An application based on UPC scanner data illustrates the model's uses. Sensitivity analyses of the optimization model under alternative scenarios reveal novel insights as to how optimal discounts vary as a function of the key demand and supply characteristics.

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    Article provided by INFORMS in its journal Marketing Science.

    Volume (Year): 14 (1995)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 271-299

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    Handle: RePEc:inm:ormksc:v:14:y:1995:i:3:p:271-299

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    Keywords: optimal promotions; retailing; consumer response; discount timing; mathematical programming;

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    Cited by:
    1. Kumar, V. & Pereira, Arun, 1997. "Assessing the Competitive Impact of Type, Timing, Frequency, and Magnitude of Retail Promotions," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 40(1), pages 1-13, September.
    2. Foekens, Eijte W. & S.H. Leeflang, Peter & Wittink, Dick R., 1998. "Varying parameter models to accommodate dynamic promotion effects," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 89(1-2), pages 249-268, November.
    3. Sourav Ray & Haipeng (Allan) Chen & Mark E. Bergen & Daniel Levy, 2006. "Asymmetric Wholesale Pricing: Theory and Evidence," Marketing Science, INFORMS, vol. 25(2), pages 131-154, 03-04.
    4. William P. Putsis, 1999. "Empirical analysis of competitive interaction in food product categories," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 15(3), pages 295-311.
    5. Kim, Namwoon & Srivastava, Rajendra K. & Han, Jin K., 2001. "Consumer decision-making in a multi-generational choice set context," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 53(3), pages 123-136, September.
    6. Suzuki, Yoshinori & Pautsch, Gregory R., 2005. "A vehicle replacement policy for motor carriers in an unsteady economy," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 39(5), pages 463-480, June.

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