In the eCommerce marketplace, the most effective way to control MSRP is through regular automated online price monitoring and access to information. For many years, Priceva has been helping manufacturers monitor prices in the online marketplace and preserve the value and reputation of their brands. The recommended retail price is a dynamic indicator that manufacturers need to revise from time to time, taking into account the economic situation, online advertisement and market conditions, and competitive analysis. MSRP can be adjusted both upwards and downwards according to audience insights.
In cases where the price increases, not all sellers are willing to change it immediately in the windows of their stores, fearing a decrease in demand and, consequently, sales figures.
Manufacturers and brand owners monitor retail prices for their goods from customers. Monitoring can be done manually by company employees, or the manufacturer can turn to third-party services.
The trend toward even more rapid development of the e-commerce market encourages manufacturers to control the prices of online stores. And manual monitoring is no longer an option here. Automating suggested retail price monitoring has become a must-have for every large business.
Priceva provides manufacturers and suppliers with automated monitoring services in order to monitor the recommended retail prices in online stores.
Customers receive the collected price monitoring data
in the form of convenient Excel reports by email. In your user account on the platform, you can generate graphs, tables and charts with statistical data. Tasks that require a non-standard approach are solved with the help of special software for manufacturer’s suggested retail prices.
Failure to comply with the recommended retail price, or MSRP, and advertised price, has irreversible consequences for retailers:
- Significant drop in profit levels down to 0.
- Refusal of the supplier to ship the goods.
- Increase in suggested and advertised price to get a high rate. The manufacturer can raise the wholesale price or deprive the retailer of additional discounts and bonuses.
- Banning the sale of a trademark. A trademark is an item of intellectual property and the copyright holder can easily restrict its use by sellers. If the demand to remove the trademark from an online resource is not met, the brand owner can go to court. As a rule, the courts side with the brand and, in such cases, decide to block the resource altogether.
The practical application of MSRP pricing has these features:
- MSRP is not a legal norm and is only advisory in nature. The manufacturer cannot force the seller to change the retail prices of the goods, but can terminate the partnership with them.
- Formation, adjustment and control of MSRP can only be carried out by the manufacturer during competitive pricing while setting a business goal.
- The MSRP is a reference point even in wholesale trade.
- Decisions on adjusting the recommended retail price upward or downward should be made while taking into account market trends and the interests of all its participants. Overpricing can lead to a drop in demand, and underpricing can lead to a market collapse.
Many retailers who have entered the market "seriously and permanently" try to set the RRP for the goods and even keep an eye on how the manufacturer's pricing policy is followed by competitors. In cases where the price falls below the MSRP, the manufacturer's representatives enter into negotiations with the reseller for adjustments. If the negotiation process fails, the manufacturer may impose stiff penalties on the seller who does not follow suggested prices.
The main goal of every manufacturer or brand owner is to develop their brand, maintain their reputation and enter new markets. It is in their interest to regularly monitor suggested prices.
But, many retailers are also interested in getting maximum profit from sales, and this is only possible if all market players adhere to the MSRP. That is why they ask suppliers to influence unfair competitors. In some cases, entrepreneurs themselves turn to companies that provide automated monitoring services in order to subsequently point suppliers to dumpers.