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1 Global Pricing Decisions

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 price Price Ceiling: maximum price

3 Global Pricing Objectives and Strategies
Managers must determine the objectives for the pricing objectives Unit Sales Market Share Return on investment Product Life Cycle They must then develop strategies to achieve those objectives Penetration Pricing Market Skimming

4 Market Skimming and Financial Objectives
Charging a premium price Conditions to be met Quality of the product? Number of buyers? Cost of producing in smaller volume? Market entrance/competitors? Luxury goods marketers use price to differentiate products Mercedes-Benz, Toyota-Lexus

5 Penetration Pricing and Non-Financial Objectives
Charging a low price in order to penetrate market quickly Conditions to be met Price sensitivity? Production and distribution cost? Competition? First-time exporter is unlikely to use this strategy. 1979 Sony Walkman (35)

6 Target-Costing Mainly used by Japanese companies.
Determine the segment(s) to be targeted, and 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 Pricing Cost-based pricing is based on an analysis of internal and external cost Firms using western cost accounting principles use the Full absorption cost method Per-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 Pricing Rigid cost-plus pricing means that companies set prices without regard to the eight pricing considerations. No adjustments. 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.

11 Export Price Escalation

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 levels Can be caused by an increase in the money supply Can be caused by currency devaluation Essential 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 legislation Resale price maintenance legislation Price ceilings General reviews of price levels Procter&Gamble-Venezuela Foreign governments may: require funds to be noninterest-bearing accounts for a long time profit transfer rules: restrict profits taken out of the country and limit funds paid for imported material Restrict price competition

15 Global Pricing: Three Policy Alternatives
Extension or Ethnocentric Adaptation or Polycentric Geocentric

16 Extension Pricing Ethnocentric
Per-unit price of an item is the same no matter where in the world the buyer is located Importer must absorb freight and import duties Fails to respond to each national market When 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.

17 Adaptation or Polycentric Pricing
Permits affiliate managers or independent distributors to establish price as they feel is most desirable in their circumstances AIDS drugs meant for Africa are smuggled into Europe IKEA: 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 Italy Arbitrage is also a potential problem

18 Gray Market Goods Trademarked products are exported from one country to another where they are sold by unauthorized persons or organizations Occurs when product is in short supply, when producers use skimming strategies in some markets, and when goods are subject to substantial mark-ups warranty

19 Golf equipment manufacturer
Authorized Export Authorized Export Gray Importation $150 Foreign Distributor $100 Domestic Distributor $200

20 Geocentric Pricing Intermediate 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 decision Local costs Income levels Competition Local marketing strategy

21 Price Fixing Representatives of two or more companies secretly set similar prices for their products Illegal act because it is anticompetitive Horizontal price fixing occurs when competitors within an industry that make and market the same product conspire to keep prices high In 2011 the European Commission determined that Procter & Gamble, Unilever, and Henkel had conspired to set prices for laundry detergent Vertical price fixing occurs when a manufacturer conspires with wholesalers/retailers to ensure certain retail prices are maintained The 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 If company managers decide to set the export price for a particular product at an amount equivalent to the home-country price, they would be using which approach to pricing? A) ethnocentric B) polycentric C) regiocentric D) geocentric E) extension pricing Answer: A

23 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-based Answer: E

24 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-based Answer: C

25 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

26 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

27 Suppose that Tuğba Holding was fined millions of dollars to settle a lawsuit claiming it had conspired with Gökçe Global and other international 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) dumping Answer: D

28 Contemproray Pricing Strategies
Opening Price: Walmart “The strategy:low cost & go global”

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