What are the current practices of product-pricing at local sales offices?
AutomationCo. sells its products via Local Sales Units (LSUs) in each country. To sell these products, AutomationCo. utilised a transfer-price strategy. But recently few Local Sales Units were taking independent pricing decisions, which had a negative impact on revenue potential in those markets.
AutomationCo.’s global office sold products to the LSUs (local sales unit) at a predetermined price point and recommended they use a region-based end-user price. However, a few of the local units did not follow the recommended price levels. Thus the global office wanted to enhance its global pricing strategy, therefore it sought to comprehensively understand the local pricing practices and model.
AutomationCo. utilized SprintlyWorks team to conduct in-depth research in 5 countries to thoroughly understand the factors that were involved in the pricing process. The SprintlyWorks team collected and analyzed the data from these countries to provide the global sales team with a grasp on the general pricing situation at a local level.
Key research questions
The key questions in the project were:
- What are the current practices of product pricing at LSUs?
- What are the factors that affect LSUs pricing decision for end customers?
- How to improve and control recommended end-customer prices?
Phase 1: Understand current global pricing recommendation process
The SprintlyWorks team interviewed global center officers at AutomationCo., to understand the current pricing process and the assumptions made in the pricing model. Next, key stakeholders were identified to develop the research structure and tools for the LSUs.
Phase 2: LSUs pricing decisions analysis
In-depth Interviews with selected stakeholders at the LSUs revealed varying pricing practices and models. The SprintlyWorks team identified the mismatch areas between global and local pricing approaches and the local reasons for pricing decisions.
Phase 3: Deep dive into pricing factors at LSUs
The SprintlyWorks team created profiles for each LSU and discovered internal factors that were affecting local decisions. Both the SprintlyWorks team and AutomationCo.s’ global team realized the factors that were overlooked by the global office. In addition, also identified critical external factors that needed to be periodically monitored to improve market share and revenue generated by the LSUs.
SprintlyWorks team helped AutomationCo.’s global office to identify the key factors that drove pricing decisions at the LSUs.
In addition, the SprintlyWorks team identified improvement areas in the current process to increase the visibility of pricing decision-making from local to global level. This time-boxed sprint accelerated AutomationCo.’s shift towards local-based pricing that further impacted their revenue potential by 4X.