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Marketing Mix And Pricing

Price is the only factor among the 4P’s which can earn revenue and profit, the remaining 4ps denotes expenditure. So the company has to come up with pricing strategy and consider other factors which affect the price .Price plays an important decision maker for a customer to purchase the things. Price should give the value of the money the customer is paying (Jobbers, 2007).Customer usually perceived the quality of the product through price of the product. “It is a convenient judgment criterion, has snob value and influences the perceived risk” (M.C .Cant, J.W.Strydom, C.J.Jooste, P.J du Pleiss, 2007)

According to (M.C .Cant, J.W.Strydom, C.J.Jooste, P.J du Pleiss, 2007) the pricing model can be followed and it is explained as given below:

Source: [M.C .Cant, J.W.Strydom, C.J.Jooste, P.J du Pleiss, (2007), p.325]

Factors that influence pricing are:

Demand Constraint: Demand sets the price of the product where it can reach maximum. If the price of the product is set very high then there will be no demand of the product and it is thus zero if customer are not willing to pay such high prices.

Cost Constraint: When we say cost it consists of four things i.e. total cost, fixed cost, variable cost, marginal, incremental cost. It determines how much the price of the product should be since cost should cover the cost of production and marketing and it should return more than the capital invested and the risk associated. It determines the floor of.

Competitor Prices: Competitor’s price will help to set the price of the product to low or either goes for promotional item according to the strategies used by the competitor. In short it helps in cutting price.

Pricing objective covers:

1) Profit Objective: Its objective is to obtain maximum profit, keep a target profit, to get profit from each product and it should be a satisfactory profit.

2) Sales-Volume Objective: Its aim is to increase the sales and volume such that the market share also increases respectively.

3) Other pricing objective: It includes no price competition, to maintain a constant price so that it will be stabilized and to sustain in the market.

Determining the basic price:

1) Cost Oriented Methods: It discusses whether to use absorption/full or direct/variable costing. The absorption method uses both full and direct costs while calculating the production cost and all other cost are also included while the direct costing uses only the margin cost to set the price of the product.

2) Customer-Oriented Pricing: Here the prices are set according to the customer perceived

value and according to the customer demand and the willingness of the customer to buy that product. But while doing so the firm may set a price that does not cover the production and marketing costs and it may go through losses instead of the profit. So the price should be set such that it is according to the customer perceived value and it equals or exceed the marginal cost.

3) Competitive Oriented Methods: The firm sets the price according to the price set by the competitor without taking into consideration their production costs and demand which may lead to loss. They may not charge the same price as the competitor instead they may sell it at a bit lesser than the competitor’s price or may add an additional item as an offer when they buy that particular product.

Price Level: The firm will determine whether to follow one-price policy or flexible policy while pricing the product.

The final price of the product: The final price of the product is determined by negotiating it with the suppliers.

ALDI adopted the method of Customer Oriented and Competitive Oriented Method and its price objective is Profit Objective. This can be concluded from the following findings:

“At Aldi, we're not about fancy gimmicks or expensive price tags. We're about giving you - our customer - good, honest value; fresh and great tasting food and drink; and the best quality household products”

[http://www.aldi.co.uk/uk/html/company/9266.htm?WT.z_src=main, 6thNovember,2010]

According to the head of Aldi in Britain and Ireland “The major advertising campaign Tesco used to herald the arrival of its Cashsavers range gave its rivals a competitive advantage”

[http://www.thepost.ie/archives/2008/1116/aldi-success-built-on-no-frills-stores-37561.html, ,6th November,2010]

“Don’t expect to find Campbell’s, Coca-Cola or Betty Crocker at Aldi. Almost everything in the store is an Aldi private brand”

[http://wcco.com/specialreports/aldi.price.conscious.2.932080.html,6th November, 2010]

Aldi is a basic store without flashy design and they pass their profits to customer by giving discounts, holiday tickets.

External factors that affect pricing decision of ALDI:

Customers and consumers:

ALDI targets mainly the sector of people whose main concern is low price and ALDI follows the strategy offers the product at the lowest price possible.

Distribution Channel:

ALDI distribution strategy is directly from the warehouse to the store. They do try to put minimum costs as far as distribution is concerned.

Competitors:

ALDI has strong competitors like TESCO, ASDA, Lidl, Netto which also follow the same kind of pricing strategy has what ALDI has followed.

Pricing Strategy:

By using Price-Quality matrix, let’s see the type of matrix ALDI exhibits and can find out the quality of the product accordingly.

Price-Quality matrix:

Source: [Molly Gordon,(2003), https://www.authenticpromotion.com/pricing-strategies/pricing-strategy-matrix.html]

Fig: Price Quality Matrix of ALDI

It can be seen from the Price Quality Matrix that ALDI follows the strategy of “high value and low pricing” strategy. And their main objective is “highest quality products at the lowest prices”( http://www.aldiuscareers.com,1st Novemeber,2010).The other competitor like Asda, Tesco follows the same strategy as ALDI and therefore ALDI has to keep on par with their strategies and should try new innovative pricing strategy to sustain in the market. Other competitors have high quality and high value strategies but when a super store like ALDI is offering product at low price but of high quality ALDI will have more market share and profits and thus revenue will be more.

ALDI’s different pricing strategies are given as below:

Market Penetration Pricing:

By following this strategy, they offer prices at the lowest and get maximum penetration to maximize the profit and pass this savings to the customer.

ALDI sold 16 Ounce of Oreo –style cookies a1 $1.39 but Lunds sold at $3.11 which is double the price.

[ http://wcco.com/specialreports/aldi.price.conscious.2.932080.html,6th November 2010] .

Economy Pricing:

This strategy allows keeping only those products that are low-cost which are basic and nothing special in particular and aim only at specific segment of the people.

ALDI’s objective is to bring food at the lowest price and work on select –assortment concept having only few selected products.

[http://www.aldifoods.com/us/html/company/5561_ENU_HTML.htm?WT.z_src=main,6th Novemeber, 2010]

Psychological Pricing:

This pricing method is used to make a difference in price by lowering it to a lesser price like instead of charging 49 p it charges 39 p .The minor difference in price makes a huge difference to customer mind while deciding to buy a product.

ALDI Mustard Potato is charged at 99 p which was 1.19 initially.

[http://www.aldifoods.com/us/html/company/5561_ENU_HTML.htm?WT.z_src=main, 6th November, 2010]

ALDI talk has the tariff called “day flat” which charges at 1.99/day

http://prepaid-wireless-internet-access.wetpaint.com/page/Germany+-+Alditalk,6th Novemeber,2010]

Promotional Pricing:

Promotional pricing can be useful to attract more consumers by introducing cashback, current purchase discount, future purchase discount, volume promotion etc.

ALDI has refund policy of any item if people return the receipt within 60 days of purchase

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