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Can Container Shipping Businesses Right the Ship?

A few months ago, my colleague Ben Blaney talked about the collapse of the ocean container shipper, Hanjin. Ben dug deep into how shippers are actively engaged in a price war while the industry as a whole continues to lose money. Of course, this isn’t new, as BBC recently published a fascinating look into the shipping industry and mentioned: “Running […]

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A New Year is Coming for Food Service Manufacturing: Time to Re-evaluate the Status Quo

The definition of insanity is one of the most overused clichés of all times and I apologize in advance because yes, I’m about to use it once again as it seems to be an effective opener when one wants to address a problem or a challenge and initiate some sort of change. So here we go… “If you always do […]

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Why the Sales Experience Is Now the True Driver of Revenue Growth for Auto and Industrial Manufacturers

Manufacturing and automotive companies are increasingly focused on growth to stay ahead of the industry’s modern challenges. Global competition is changing the revenue generation landscape. The traditional route to meeting revenue goals has been investing in customer support, marketing, R&D activities and maintaining competitive pricing. Manufacturers are comfortable improving designs and getting products to market quicker, but they tend not […]

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Pricing and Product Efficiency Challenges in the Med Tech Industry

Medical device price regulation is being threatened in India’s and Australia’s mixed private and public health care systems. In the U.S. Congress, a bill is being presented (although passage is far from certain) to create pharma and med devices price review panels in an attempt to end price gouging. This is a likely response to controversial price hikes for Daraprim […]

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Why Sales Processes Need to Change in Automotive and Industrial Distribution

In an extremely fragmented automotive and industrial distribution market with heavy competition and low switching costs, relying on traditional sales tactics and processes can be fatal. In order to succeed in this new environment, distributors that still rely on low-tech, relationship-based sales processes will need to adopt modern commerce capabilities to meet today’s B2C-trained customers how and where they buy. […]

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Value-Based Pricing: Lessons from Tesla on Monetizing Innovation

Last week Elon Musk sent a memo to all of his employees stating, “If you can’t explain to a customer who paid full price why another customer didn’t without being embarrassed, then it is not right.” That statement reflects both Tesla’s commitment to the customer experience and its confidence in value-based pricing for its unique products. According to Musk, Tesla […]

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AI for CRM and the Promise of Einstein

I am sure most of you saw the latest announcements around Salesforce Einstein. At his Dreamforce ’16 keynote, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff talked about a world where Einstein will make artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities pervasive across the Salesforce Cloud. Einstein leverages all data within Salesforce — customer data; activity data from Chatter, email, calendar and eCommerce; social data streams such […]

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Waiting for the Lift: A Lesson on the Limitations of Rules-Based Software

I stayed in a hotel recently. This isn’t news, as I travel a lot. I’m usually pretty chill about most things that happen when living an airport-plane-uber-hotel-uber-office-airport-plane lifestyle, but something happened on this trip that really annoyed me. Picture this: A hotel of 23 floors with five elevators with only two of them only go to Floor 18 or above. […]

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Seth Godin is Wrong about Good, Better, Best

This post originally appeared on pragmaticpricing.com. For years I’ve read Seth Godin’s blog, daily. He is awesome. In all those years I’ve never disagreed with him… until recently. Seth’s blog from August 30, 2016, is titled “Features and Marginal Cost in the Digital Age”. He provided the argument that good, better, best for hardware products was based on the marginal cost […]

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Health Care Manufacturing: Do Your Customers Have X-Ray Vision?

If you are in health care manufacturing (medical devices and technology), do you miss the good old days of selling when your reps talked to clients they had long relationships with? Do you remember when clients were eager and ready to be educated and guided to purchase the latest and greatest you had to offer without much price sensitivity? Sadly, […]

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