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Pricing as the new commander for financial growth

Figuring out a price for your product or service is not dissimilar to walking on a tightrope. On the one hand, you could purposefully overprice your product to increase profits and place your product as high-end,...

Figuring out a price for your product or service is not dissimilar to walking on a tightrope. On the one hand, you could purposefully overprice your product to increase profits and place your product as high-end, however, you may be placing the price too high, which would alienate you from the market. On the other hand, you could lower your price to make more sales, but this may result in slow profit growth and a cheaper reputation in the market. As said above, it’s a complex and technical tightrope that can sometimes result in many wasted hours spent on pricing updates and ultimately failed products and businesses. Out of all the P’s that make up the skeleton of a successful brand or retailer (product, place, promotion and price), pricing has become more and more vital to that success. Before the internet and e-commerce radically changed the way people shop, retailers could comfortably rely on this formula for financial growth. However, as e-commerce takes over physical stores and traditional shopping methods and habits, it is the pricing element of the four P’s that is showing brands the way to increased profits and scalable growth. Omnia looks at pricing as the new commander of the 4 P’s and why a particular pricing strategy - Dynamic Pricing - should be the top choice for brands and retailers. Price: The new leader of the 4 P’s Small but significant price changes have shown to be the most useful in achieving financial growth. According to a study conducted by McKinsey & Company, pricing improvements can significantly impact margins in a positive way, ranging from 2.5% to 9%, depending on the type of product and company. For omnichannel retailers, the boost was 3%. The study also found that it was pricing improvements over a reduction in fixed or variable costs that resulted in larger margin profits. This data can give brands and retailers hope that the fears or obstacles associated with price improvements, such as the risk of a competitor’s response or the risk of customers choosing not to buy, can be overcome. Despite this, many brands and retailers are still not prepared in making pricing improvements a central factor for margin boosts in the future. Going forward, only 6% of the study said that they were “very prepared” to capture the pricing opportunity and 55% said they were “somewhat prepared”. So, if brands and retailers are struggling to focus this vital element, what can they do to prioritise pricing while simultaneously learning, growing and profiting? Dynamic pricing as a solution For the average brand or retailer, both off and online, it is difficult to teach or learn dynamic pricing without a professional SaaS (software as a service) company doing the teaching and implementing. Unlike marketing, management or sales, it isn’t exactly a subject learnt at school or at any tertiary institution and there is very little reading material on it. This may explain why retailers have largely been so slow in prioritising pricing as a solution to boost profits. Dynamic pricing, as opposed to other pricing strategies, uses multiple prices for a product at various times, which are all dependent on market trends, supply and demand, a competitor’s prices, customer behaviour and internal company costs and even seasonal or weather changes. These numerous price changes are not chosen at random - in fact, it’s quite the opposite. Direct data scraping from competitors paired with third-party data from customers makes up an advanced and information-packed strategy to automate price changes, prioritise time within the business, and increase profits. How our pricing software is executed at Omnia Retail Although Omnia’s pricing software is at the helm of our unique enterprise offering, it is also our customer success division that comes part-in-parcel that sets us apart from other providers. Implementing our dynamic pricing software isn’t a rushed job that ends with our technical team leaving you, never to be seen again. In fact, we spend approximately 68 hours spread over 8-12 weeks teaching and applying our software, sharing knowledge with your team members and getting all the necessary parts of the machine well-oiled. Our customer success approach is divided into two parts: Preparation and action. “Preparation”, which amounts to approximately 20% of the process, involves the Omnia team and the client coming to share knowledge and vital information. This includes reading shared content from Omnia including the onboarding playbook and process deck; a technical setup guide; providing us with the needed information such as product lists; and any info that came from competitor direct scraping. “Action” takes up 80% of the process and involves a more hands-on approach in getting the ball rolling. It involves processes such as defining the various roles within the project and involving all members from the technical to the creative. Other processes include portal setup, data mapping, goal planning, implementing pricing strategies, education on the software and raw data, technical management, reporting and more. Thereafter, the client goes live and their relationship with Omnia continues as they may need it. Case study: Automating and optimizing pricing for Plein, a Dutch online marketplace for a range of toiletries, beauty, baby, and pet products, sells their stock via their own website and on other marketplaces such as and Amazon. The Plein team needed a pricing solution to automate and optimize their prices on their website as well as on the products being sold on marketplaces, all of which have different rules and regulations. Multiple pricing strategies were needed for both their website and third-party sites that needed to run efficiently and parallel to one another. Plein’s goal is to become the number one online marketplace for personal care, and more so, their aim is to be viewed as the least expensive option in the Netherlands. With all this in mind, Omnia took on the exciting challenge ahead. Today, Plein uses Omnia’s products to receive market insights, automate its pricing strategies and to automatically calculate change prices across the market. Using both Dynamic Pricing and Price Watch, Plein was able to receive pricing data from their competitors to better inform themselves, and all pricing across multiple platforms became automated, meaning hours spent doing manual updates was spent elsewhere. We also provided insights into the tradeoff between Plein’s margins and sales. The leaders of retail pricing solutions across Europe Price optimization has a large impact on whether profits grow or not and whether retailers can thrive. For customers, it is also vital that they receive a competitive price for a product and are not swindled. The best way to balance oneself on this slim beam is to employ the smarts of dynamic pricing.

Omnia signs the SER Diversity in Business charter, adding a milestone to its D&I strategy

Omnia Retail has proudly signed the SER Diversity in Business charter for equal workplace treatment, further showing our commitment to building an open and inclusive environment for all of our employees and becoming a...

Omnia Retail has proudly signed the SER Diversity in Business charter for equal workplace treatment, further showing our commitment to building an open and inclusive environment for all of our employees and becoming a part of a network of companies across the Netherlands that prioritises diversity and inclusion (D&I) within business. "This sign of approval is an important milestone for Omnia." Attending the event on 10 February 2022, our COO Vanessa Verlaan, the steward behind Omnia’s company culture, officially signed the declaration and took part in a panel discussion with other company leaders. “This sign of approval is an important milestone for Omnia and shows that we prioritise inclusion, diversity and equality in our culture.” says Verlaan. When asked why company culture is important, Verlaan said, “Our company culture defines us and sets us apart. Next to our great products, it is our strong culture that attracts and retains talented people at Omnia.” "Different backgrounds, perspectives, experiences are needed to stimulate creativity and innovation." Omnia’s D&I strategy extends into its core values as a company: Never stop learning; obsession with excellence; and free to be you and me. When explaining the purpose of Free To Be You and Me, Verlaan says that it is about allowing employees to feel free to bring their best self to work. “Different backgrounds, perspectives, experiences are needed to stimulate creativity and innovation. We want everyone to be themselves and to be respected no matter who they are or where they come from.” Setting an inclusive company culture is not the responsibility of one team or person, but an achievement we all take ownership for, as Verlaan explains: “Everyone is invited and expected to be a cultural ambassador at Omnia from day one.” To ensure that Free To Be You and Me, along with our other two core values, is embedded in Omnia's culture, we have created a framework that emphasises the importance and expectation of living up to our core values: It starts with something very crucial, yet rather easy to implement: English is our default language in all our spoken and written communication. This helps everyone feel included and welcomed to join a conversation. Bringing in new people is impactful for any organisation, especially for a scale-up. We ensure that new joiners match our inclusive mindset by focusing on value fit during the interview process. This has led to a truly diverse culture with over 20 different nationalities. D&I forms an important part of our quarterly employee survey, in which we ask for feedback on how the company is handling D&I. In addition, our core values are addressed in performance reviews, internal communications and one-on-one meetings as a part of our threshold in achieving success. "You need to prioritise it throughout your entire organisation, and live up to it every day.” Omnia recently took a look at D&I programs in companies across Europe to see what we - and others - can learn from the successes and shortcomings of others. Globally, European companies are doing good work in prioritising D&I programs. Over 7,000 global companies were tracked by the Thomson Reuters Diversity and Inclusion Index and 8 out of the top 10 most diverse companies in the world were European. Verlaan notes with sound advice for other companies: “In order to create, develop and keep the culture you have envisioned for your people and the company, you need to prioritise it throughout your entire organisation, and live up to it every day.”

As Omnia prioritises diversity in 2022, are other EU businesses matching the effort?

The global coronavirus pandemic has peeled back the curtain on a number of trends and problems within the global workforce, a major one being the importance of diversity and inclusion within companies. More so, in 2021,...

The global coronavirus pandemic has peeled back the curtain on a number of trends and problems within the global workforce, a major one being the importance of diversity and inclusion within companies. More so, in 2021, 50% of employees felt that discrimination is affecting their ability to be promoted or fairly compensated. However, discrimiation is not a new issue. It has been around in business since business first began. What we now call diversity and inclusion (D&I) started off as equal employment laws and affirmative action in the 1960s. So, in 2022, how is inclusion in the workplace being addressed? As we at Omnia further drive diversity and inclusion in our workplace, we have noted a few key points that should not be overlooked. How can one structure D&I programs to last in the long run, and not just become a flash in the pan? Think of D&I programs as a pyramid: The top is about leadership - the C-suite and senior management - that needs to enforce these programs with a trickle-down effect. They need to have the vision while taking accountability for the maintenance and governance of the program. In the middle is structural and behavioural inclusion that covers inclusive practises and structures as well as open-minded decisions and mindsets. The foundation of the pyramid, which is the bulk of it, should represent a change in attitudes, company culture and outcomes that have come from within the organisation, which are often one of the most challenging aspects. D&I programs should or would typically overcome unconscious bias, accepting differences, managing diverse teams, embedding behaviours and culture, while on the legal side, non-discrimination and regulatory compliance which covers the laws and codes of conduct set up to ensure equality. D&I in Europe, today Concluding in September 2021, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) released a report on the state of diversity and inclusion, surveying more than 970 corporations in 26 industries across 19 countries in Europe. Overall, the results show that although many European businesses have stated a commitment to focusing on and expanding their D&I efforts, there is still a lot of opportunity to be gained from ensuring equal opportunities within companies, no matter of race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality and/or religion. According to PwC, D&I programs should have four basic levels in order for them to be fully implemented, and a similar approach was used within Omnia Retail: Phase one — Understanding the Facts of Today: Taking a hard look at the current state of D&I at the company today. Phase two — Building an Inspirational Strategy: Creating a plan that will drive D&I goals for the future. Phase three — Developing Leadership Engagement: Getting senior management to drive D&I goals. Phase four — Creating Sustainable Movement: This is the highest level of maturity for the program. Executing real-world results that see employees experience the positive results of the program. How well are D&I programs being implemented? Out of the surveyed organisations, only 2% reached the highest level of maturity, which is the fourth phase, when compared to PwC’s levels of D&I integration. An overwhelming majority of 54% of respondents felt that D&I programs remained in the basic stages of maturity in phase one; 18% felt that their companies fell short on D&I efforts around the second phase; and 25% felt it was the third phase where efforts stagnated. That’s in comparison to the 76% that stated D&I was a core value. More than half of companies, 60%, are using D&I as a strategy for two reasons: To attract and keep talent; and a few to simply comply with legal requirements. While there is a small group only using the guise of D&I programs to prop up their stature or prominence or to appease the expectations of customers. A greater number are utilising D&I programs for the growth of the business and their employees, a welcoming sign of adoption. Diversity, inclusion, and now equity As the workplace evolves so do the ways in which we expect these spaces to be safe, comfortable, welcoming and fair environments for employees that occupy these spaces. More recently, D&I programs are starting to include equity, which is the crux of the equation that ensures impartiality and that processes provide fair and equal outcomes for all employees. It’s not just enough to make employees feel accepted for who they are or where they come from - they must be able to work with the knowledge that no matter who they are, it has no impact on their progression within the company. Catalina Colman, the Director of HR and Inclusion at Built In, an online portal for young professionals looking to enter the tech or ‘SaaS’ environment , says that “equity takes into account the fact that not everybody is starting at the same level.” Colman continues to use the example of applying for a home loan at the bank: Although the bank may vow to not discriminate based on race, gender or ethnicity, that doesn’t account for an applicant’s existing debt, socioeconomic status, domestic issues, unique living arrangements or student loans. Equity “is about levelling the playing field so the barriers to entry are the same for every single individual”. A double-edged sword According to the surveyed companies, there are little to no drivers for senior management and the C-Suite to implement D&I programs. Only 10% said their performance evaluations of and annual salary increases for senior management are affected. 40% of respondents said that neither employees or senior management are tasked with D&I responsibilities. However, although looking at the results of PwC’s 2021 survey is helpful in understanding where some companies are going wrong in terms of D&I efforts, we should not discount the many companies across Europe making great strides in diversifying their teams and moulding open-minded and accepting company cultures. Across 7,000 companies tracked worldwide on the Thomson Reuters' Diversity and Inclusion Index, European companies top the list for having the most diverse teams. In fact, 8 out of 10 of the most diverse companies in the world are European. In November 2018, leaders from more than 50 European companies signed the European Roundtable of Industrialists’ pledge to implement D&I strategies and by 2019, that number increased to more than 700 European companies being listed on the Financial Times’ annual list of diversity leaders. Looking to the future Tackling diversity may seem like a monumental task, so it may be best to start with something simple: a conversation. What’s working and what isn’t? Where are there cracks in processes and structures and who is responsible for them? A leading article in 2015 by McKinsey & Company, updated in 2021, detailed how companies not only perform better but exceed financial industry medians when they have a high percentage of racial and ethnic diversity. In addition, companies that achieved in the top quartile for gender were 15% more likely to achieve the same thing. Looking at this data, we can agree that the benefits of having diverse teams, senior managers and C-suites goes beyond what society should or would expect. Chief Operations Officer of Omnia Retail, Vanessa Bernhart Verlaan says: “Greatness and creativity start with everyone feeling free to bring their best self forward,” who is the driving force behind the company’s culture and the continuous implementation of the D&I project. One of our three core values is “Free To Be You And Me”, a company-wide focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, and with a team of employees from 12 different countries across 5 continents, we continue to see the positive effects such principles and values have at a grassroots level. Learn more about Omnia Retail via our LinkedIn page.

Launch of a new SaaS product for brands

Pricetracer, an easy-to-use flexible pricing tool, providing control, analytics and knowledge to brands within the world of e-commerce from the new European market leader in pricing software. This Tuesday, Omnia Retail...

Pricetracer, an easy-to-use flexible pricing tool, providing control, analytics and knowledge to brands within the world of e-commerce from the new European market leader in pricing software. This Tuesday, Omnia Retail announced its launch of a new product offering for e-commerce focused brands and manufacturers: Pricetracer. "Pricetracer is a real innovation in the market for price optimisation software." The new software-as-a-service (SaaS) is a tailored made product servicing the needs of brands in the fast moving e-commerce industry. It enables brands to systematically track their product prices and retailer network across all markets in Europe. Andreas Frankenberger, CTO at Omnia, points out that: “With the decision to develop a stand-alone product like Pricetracer, we respond to the increased need for marketing and account managers of brands and manufacturers to systematically gather and analyse pricing data. All pricing tools in the market are primarily designed for retailers. In that sense, Pricetracer is a real innovation in the market for price optimisation software.” After joining forces in November 2021, the release of Pricetracer marks a major achievement for Omnia Retail and Patagona. Sander Roose, CEO of Omnia, comments: “It is great to see the combined company working on common projects right from the start. The Pricetracer is a great addition to our product portfolio, adding more value to our service, especially for our brand and manufacturing clients.” Pricetracer is a self-explanatory and easy-to-use tool. Starting with the Setup, users can implement the whole process independently. They also benefit from a flexible and transparent cost structure and have full control over all aspects of their monthly costs: selecting markets, uploading products and setting the monitoring frequency. Pricetracer enables the user to track price changes, compare price levels against the benchmark while identifying price leaders. New European market leader within the pricing software SaaS market. With constant product innovation, shared knowledge and gained expertise from Omnia and Patagona, along with some of the world's biggest brands, positions this front runner as the new European market leader within the pricing software SaaS market.

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