2 Price The amount of money charged for a product or service, or the sum of the values that consumers exchange for the benefits of having or using the product or service.Price Floor: minimum pricePrice Ceiling: maximum price
3 Global Pricing Objectives and Strategies Managers must determine the objectives for the pricing objectivesUnit SalesMarket ShareReturn on investmentProduct Life CycleThey must then develop strategies to achieve those objectivesPenetration PricingMarket Skimming
4 Market Skimming and Financial Objectives Charging a premium priceConditions to be metQuality of the product?Number of buyers?Cost of producing in smaller volume?Market entrance/competitors?Luxury goods marketers use price to differentiate productsMercedes-Benz, Toyota-Lexus
5 Penetration Pricing and Non-Financial Objectives Charging a low price in order to penetrate market quicklyConditions to be metPrice sensitivity?Production and distribution cost?Competition?First-time exporter is unlikely to use this strategy.1979 Sony Walkman(35)
6 Target-CostingDetermine the segment(s) to be targeted, as well as the prices that customers in the segment will be willing to pay.Compute overall target costs with the aim of ensuring the company’s future profitability.Allocate the target costs to the product’s various functions. Calculate the gap between the target cost and the estimated actual production cost.Obey the cardinal rule: If the design team can’t meet the targets, the product should not be launched.Renault’s Logan
7 Cost-Plus PricingCost-based pricing is based on an analysis of internal and external costFirms using western cost accounting principles use the Full absorption cost methodPer-unit product costs are the sum of all past or current direct and indirect manufacturing and overhead costs
8 Factors for Pricing on Goods that Cross Borders Does the price reflect the product’s quality?Is the price competitive given local market conditions?Should the firm pursue market penetration, market skimming, or some other pricing objective?What type of discount (trade, cash, quantity) and allowance (advertising, trade-off) should the firm offer its international customers?Should prices differ with market segment?What pricing options are available if the firm’s costs increase or decrease? Is demand in the international market elastic or inelastic?Are the firm’s prices likely to be viewed by the host-country government as reasonable or exploitative?Do the foreign country’s dumping laws pose a problem?A list of eight basic considerations for those whose responsibility includes setting prices on goods that cross borders
9 Cost-Plus PricingRigid cost-plus pricing means that companies set prices without regard to the eight pricing considerations. This can result in price escalations.Flexible cost-plus pricing ensures that prices are competitive in the context of the particular market environment.
10 Export Price Escalation Export price escalation is the increase in the final selling price of goods traded across borders.
12 Currency Fluctuations According to Teruhisa Tokunaka, chief financial officer of Sony, a 1-yen shift in the yen–dollar exchange rate can raise or lower the company’s annual operating profit by 8 billion yen.January January January January 2010$1=¥ $1=¥ $1=¥ $1=¥91
13 Inflationary Environment Defined as a persistent upward change in price levelsCan be caused by an increase in the money supplyCan be caused by currency devaluationEssential requirement for pricing is the maintenance of operating margins: rising costs-increased selling prices.
14 Government Controls and Regulations The types of policies and regulations that affect pricing decisions are:Dumping legislationResale price maintenance legislationPrice ceilingsGeneral reviews of price levelsProcter&Gamble-VenezuelaForeign governments may:require funds to be noninterest-bearing accounts for a long timeprofit transfer rules: restrict profits taken out of the country and limit funds paid for imported materialRestrict price competition
15 Competitive BehaviorIf competitors do not adjust their prices in response to rising costs it is difficult to adjust your pricing to maintain operating marginsIf competitors are manufacturing or sourcing in a lower-cost country, it may be necessary to cut prices to stay competitiveIn the United States, Levi Strauss & Company is under price pressure from several directions. First, Levi’s faces stiff competition from the Wrangler and Lee brands marketed by VF Corporation. A pair of Wrangler jeans retails for about $20 at Penney’s and other department stores, compared with about $30 for a pair of Levi 501s. Second, Levi’s two primary retail customers, J.C. Penney and Sears, are aggressively marketing their own private label brands. Finally, designer jeans from Calvin Klein, Polo, and Diesel are enjoying renewed popularity. Exclusive fashion brands, like Lucky and Seven, retail for more than $100 per pair. Outside the United States, thanks to the heritage of the Levi brand and less competition, Levi jeans command premium prices—$80 or more for one pair of 501s. To support the prestigious image, Levi’s are sold in boutiques. Not surprisingly, Levi’s non-U.S. sales represent about one-third of revenues but more than 50 percent of profits. In an attempt to apply its global experience and enhance the brand in the United States, Levi’s has opened a number of Original Levi’s Stores in select American cities. Despite such efforts, Levi’s rang up only $4.4 billion in sales in 2010 compared with $7.1 billion in A decade ago, officials announced plans to close six plants and move most of the company’s North American production offshore in an effort to cut costs.
16 Global Pricing: Three Policy Alternatives Extension or EthnocentricAdaptation or PolycentricGeocentricMercedes moved beyond ethnocentric pricing when Toyota began offering Lexus—Mercedes value at $20k less. In 1993, Mercedes boosted employee productivity, increased low-cost suppliers and invested in production facilities in the U.S. to move to better pricing.
17 Extension Pricing Ethnocentric Per-unit price of an item is the same no matter where in the world the buyer is locatedImporter must absorb freight and import dutiesFails to respond to each national marketWhen toymaker Mattel adapted U.S. products for overseas markets, U.S. prices were converted to local currency prices. As a result, Holiday Barbie and some other toys were overpriced in global markets.
18 Adaptation or Polycentric Pricing Permits affiliate managers or independent distributors to establish price as they feel is most desirable in their circumstancesAIDS drugs meant for Africa are smuggled into EuropeIKEA: the lowest price on comparable products in every market, managers in each country set their own prices (competition, wages, taxes, and advertising rates). Overall, IKEA’s prices are lowest in the US and highest in ItalyArbitrage is also a potential problem
19 Gray Market GoodsTrademarked products are exported from one country to another where they are sold by unauthorized persons or organizationsOccurs when product is in short supply, when producers use skimming strategies in some markets, and when goods are subject to substantial mark-ups
20 Geocentric PricingIntermediate course of action: neither fix a single price worldwide nor allow local distributors to make independent price decisions.Recognizes that several factors are relevant to pricing decisionLocal costsIncome levelsCompetitionLocal marketing strategy
21 Price FixingRepresentatives of two or more companies secretly set similar prices for their productsIllegal act because it is anticompetitiveHorizontal price fixing occurs when competitors within an industry that make and market the same product conspire to keep prices highIn 2011 the European Commission determined that Procter & Gamble, Unilever, and Henkel had conspired to set prices for laundry detergentVertical price fixing occurs when a manufacturer conspires with wholesalers/retailers to ensure certain retail prices are maintainedThe European Commission recently fined Nintendo nearly $150 million after it was determined that the video game company had colluded with European distributors to fix prices.
22 CountertradeCountertrade occurs when payment is made in some form other than moneyOptionsBarterCompensation trading or buybackSwitch trading
23 BarterThe least complex and oldest form of bilateral, non-monetary countertradeA direct exchange of goods or services between two partiesDuring the Soviet era, PepsiCo bartered soft drink syrup concentrate for Stolichnaya vodka, which was, in turn, exported to the US by the PepsiCo Wines subsidiary and marketed by M. Henri Wines. Today, Stolichnaya is imported into US and marketed by Carillon Importers.
24 Compensation trading Involves two separate and parallel contracts. In one contract, the supplier agrees to build a plant or provide plant equipment, patents or licenses, or technical, managerial, or distribution expertise for a hard currency down payment at the time of delivery.In the other contract, the supplier company agrees to take payment in the form of the plant’s output equal to its investment (minus interest) for a period of as many as 20 years.Used heavily in China.
25 Switch tradingIn this arrangement, a third party steps into a simple barter or other countertrade arrangement when one of the parties is not willing to accept all the goods received in a transaction.Secondary market for countertraded or bartered goods.Fees charged by switch trades range from 5% to 30% of market value.
26 Which pricing strategy has the advantage of being simple to calculate but has the disadvantage of ignoring demand and competitive conditions? A) gray marketing B) skimming C) penetration D) market holding E) cost-basedAnswer: E
27 A market ________ pricing strategy calls for setting price levels that are low enough to quickly build market share. A) gray marketing B) skimming C) penetration D) market holding E) cost-basedAnswer: C
28 A firm without much export experience uses the rigid cost-based pricing method. Which of the following considerations is the exporter ignoring? A) Is the price competitive in view of local market conditions? B) Does the price reflect the product's quality? C) Will authorities in export markets view the price as reasonable or exploitative? D) Does the price take antidumping laws into consideration? E) all of the aboveAnswer: E
29 All of the listed advantages are for "Extension or Ethnocentric" pricing strategy except: A) it does not respond to the competitive and market conditions of each national market. B) it calls for the per-unit price of an item to be same all over the world. C) it is extremely simple since it does not require information on market condition. D) it does not require competitive conditions for implementation. E) the importer must absorb freight and import duties.Answer: A
30 According to a recent study of European industrial exporters, companies that utilized independent distributors would be most likely to utilize: A) ethnocentric pricing. B) polycentric pricing. C) regiocentric pricing. D) geocentric pricing. E) extension pricing.Answer: B
31 The unauthorized distribution of trademarked goods to exploit price differentials in world markets is known as: A) market skimming. B) black marketing. C) gray marketing. D) dumping. E) licensing.Answer: C
32 If a company sells products in export markets at prices that are below fair market value and that can harm producers in the export market, that company may be accused of: A) market skimming. B) using offsets. C) pursuing artificially high margins. D) dumping. E) gray marketing.Answer: D
33 Germany's Bayer Group was fined millions of dollars to settle a lawsuit alleging it had conspired with ArcherDanielsMidland and other global companies to set prices for an enzyme used in animal feeds. What was the issue in this lawsuit? A) price skimming B) market penetration C) price bundling D) price fixing E) dumpingAnswer: D
34 The most general term for the global phenomenon involving reciprocal business interactions between parties in various countries is known as: A) switch trading. B) barter. C) offset. D) compensation trading. E) countertrade.Answer: E
35 Suppose that World Corp Suppose that World Corp. signs a contract to build a lumber processing plant in Siberia. If World Corp. signs a second contract agreeing to take partial payment for the plant in the form of lumber products produced at the plant, it is engaging in: A) barter. B) switch trading. C) offset. D) compensation trading. E) a hybrid countertrade arrangementAnswer: D