Craving Higher Margins? Proactive Pricing For The Food Industry

Most food manufacturers and distributors feel this way. Whether it’s constantly changing commodity prices, rising energy costs, powerful customers or over-present competitors, your pricing strategy and margins are under constant pressure. Innovative food manufacturers such as McCain, BRF, Cargill and FSA are taking back the reins and applying a new, proactive approach to their entire pricing process.

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CRAVING HIGHER MARGINS? PROACTIVE PRICING FOR THE FOOD INDUSTRY Unlock Your Data • Unleash Your Sales FOOD AND CONSUMABLES CRAVING HIGHER MARGINS? PROACTIVE PRICING FOR FOOD MANUFACTURERSCRAVING HIGHER MARGINS? PROACTIVE PRICING FOR FOOD MANUFACTURERS 32 • ARE YOU IN A PRICE TAKER MARKET? • ARE YOU BEING PRESSURED TO REDUCE PRICES EVEN WHEN YOUR COSTS ARE RISING? • DO YOU FEEL LIMITED IN YOUR ABILITY TO CHANGE PRICES? • ARE YOUR LARGE CUSTOMERS DICTATING MOST OF THE TERMS? • ARE YOU FORCED TO REACT TO THE MARKET AND TO DEMANDING CUSTOMERS RATHER THAN DRIVE THE BEST DEAL ON YOUR TERMS? CRAVING HIGHER MARGINS? PROACTIVE PRICING FOR FOOD MANUFACTURERSCRAVING HIGHER MARGINS? PROACTIVE PRICING FOR FOOD MANUFACTURERS 32 Most food manufacturers and distributors feel this way. Whether it’s constantly changing commodity prices, rising energy costs, powerful customers or ever-present competitors, your pricing strategy and margins are under constant pressure. Innovative food manufacturers such as McCain, BRF, Cargill and FSA are taking back the reins and applying a new, proactive approach to their entire pricing process. PROS mission is to help food manufacturers and distributors create a proactive pricing process that will deliver millions in value to the bottom line. With PROS, manufacturers can improve their bottom line by 1 to 3 % of sales. To illustrate, a typical manufacturer with $1 billion in revenue could improve margins by $30 million. In addition to the immediate financial benefits, adopting a more proactive pricing process will lead to improved customer relationships and more predictable earnings. A few of the questions that are very difficult to answer with existing systems and processes include: Q What is the most profitable ratio between long-term and short-term contracts? Is a specific contract a good deal for my company? How can I evaluate the value of incremental business? Q What is the impact of a price change? Will I sell more at lower prices? What if I raise prices? Q What other products in the category will be affected by a price change? Will I sell more or less of these products? Q What is the impact of my supply costs on profitability? Can I pass through rising costs to my end item prices? Should I change my product mix? Q What should I promote this week to drive more profits for my company? Can we fulfill the increased demand? Can I increase sales with different pricing strategies? CRAVING HIGHER MARGINS? PROACTIVE PRICING FOR FOOD MANUFACTURERSCRAVING HIGHER MARGINS? PROACTIVE PRICING FOR FOOD MANUFACTURERS 54 X Y Z X Y Z X Y Z 1 2 3 3Y 3Z 3X 2Y 2Z 2X 1Y 1Z 1X Supply Raw Input Processes Products CustomersPricing SUPPLY ISSUES • Fluctuating commodity costs • Commodity prices visible to your customers • Long term supply contracts • Variable ingredient options • Capacity utilization concerns DEMAND ISSUES • Price impact varies across products, channels, and customers • Large customers are more powerful than ever. • Price and supply are tightly linked. • Long-term contracts are hard to evaluate. • Discounts and trade deals add to complexity. The PROS solution optimizes margins within complex supply chain environments by balancing price and demand within operational constraints. The result is predictive insights for buy, make, and sell decisions, seamlessly integrated with price and quote execution. PROS HELPS MANUFACTURERS LOOK FOR PRICING OPPORTUNITIES CREATED BY THE INHERENT COMPLEXITY OF THE FOOD MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY CRAVING HIGHER MARGINS? PROACTIVE PRICING FOR FOOD MANUFACTURERSCRAVING HIGHER MARGINS? PROACTIVE PRICING FOR FOOD MANUFACTURERS 54 Pricing is one of the last disciplines where major decisions are made with gut feel, intuition, and spreadsheets. While pricing and sales professionals are making the best decisions possible with existing tools and information, PROS can help. PROS solutions help food manufacturers and distributors make better decisions across the entire pricing process, by dynamically supporting decisions such as: 1 Setting Initial List Prices 2 Pricing Strategic Contracts With Large Customers 3 Negotiating Trade Discounts And Promotional Events 4 Tactically Optimizing Short-Term Spot Or Market Prices A MORE PROACTIVE AND PROFITABLE APPROACH With better automation and intelligence, we are able to respond more accurately to customer requests by channel and region, and manage seasonal demand for our products. PROS pricing solutions and strong customer references set them apart from their competitors. From the start, they took time to learn what was important to our business and demonstrated their commitment to our success.” Fabio Freitas Pricing Manager BRF CRAVING HIGHER MARGINS? PROACTIVE PRICING FOR FOOD MANUFACTURERSCRAVING HIGHER MARGINS? PROACTIVE PRICING FOR FOOD MANUFACTURERS 76 PROS has the expertise to address the unique pricing challenges of food manufacturers and distributors, honed through years of working with some of the largest companies in the industry. PROS helps the food industry improve product pricing and quoting opportunities throughout their business. Our solutions help the food industry target price changes where they will be most effective in driving top-line revenue while simultaneously maintaining margin requirements. To address the total solution to this problem, PROS offers the integration of analytical, Ph.D.- level talent, the food industry expertise, and specific supply chain domain knowledge. These combined factors provide the unique foundation required to solve the complex problems within the food industry today. PROS DELIVERS RESULTS TO FOOD MANUFACTURERS PROS PUTS YOU BACK IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT. PROS CUSTOMERS HAVE DISTINCT ADVANTAGES. THEY CAN: • Analyze every item, daily, to understand which price drives overall profitability and sales. • Understand customers’ reactions and sales impact to the pricing actions of every item. • Adjust prices dynamically to account for shifts in underlying commodity prices, changes in market conditions, and up-to-date supply information. • Highlight opportunities for price adjustments, trade deals, and other promotions by having more visibility into supply and inventory. • Know what adds value to the business, whether it’s deals, discounts, or promotions. DEMAND SUPPLY COSTS PRICE CRAVING HIGHER MARGINS? PROACTIVE PRICING FOR FOOD MANUFACTURERSCRAVING HIGHER MARGINS? PROACTIVE PRICING FOR FOOD MANUFACTURERS 76 PROS helps the food industry look for pricing opportunities created by the inherent complexity of the business environment. 1 Supply Chain Experience • Constraint-based optimization experience • Knowledge of formula-based manufacturing • Innovative techniques to understand product profitability 2 Analytical Expertise • Expertise in price analytics, elasticity, cannibalization, and other complex customer responses • Expertise in determining best fit mathematical algorithms for handling complex functions 3 Food and CPG Manufacturing Knowledge • Knowledge of industry issues • Critical understanding of decision processes and approaches • Understanding of unique organizational and process constraints “PROS took an impressive role in the initial engagement and demonstrated a keen understanding of our business needs and requirements. The consultative approach with our team built credibility, backed by working models and outstanding references, all of which were differentiators. Now PROS is backing it up with a successful project delivery.” Ian Crawford Commercial Director Bidvest 3663 A successful Price Optimization & Management implementation can increase margins by 50 basis points or more, and increase revenue by 2% to 4%. Gartner About PROS PROS.com Copyright © 2015, PROS Inc. All rights reserved. This document is provided for information purposes only and the contents hereof are subject to change without notice. This document is not warranted to be error -free, nor subject to any other warranties or conditions, whether expressed orally or implied in law, including implied warranties and conditions of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. We specifically disclaim any liability with respect to this document and no contractual obligations are formed either directly or indirectly by this document. This document may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, for any purpose, without our prior written permission. PROS Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PRO) is a big data software company that helps customers outperform in their markets by using big data to sell more effectively. We apply years of data science experience to unlock buying patterns and preferences within transaction data to reveal which opportunities are most likely to close, which offers are most likely to sell and which prices are most likely to win. PROS offers cloud solutions to optimize sales, pricing, quoting, rebates and revenue management across more than 40 industries. PROS has completed over 800 implementations of its solutions in more than 55 countries. The PROS team comprises approximately 1,000 professionals around the world. To learn more, visit pros.com.
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