New players with disruptive technologies are gaining traction. As the pace of commercial decision-making gathers speed, dynamic pricing is rapidly becoming the norm to compete. So, the race is on for freight and passenger operators to optimize pricing models to drive profits.
Dynamic pricing applied
Dynamic pricing is about optimizing a key business outcome—typically revenue-related, but it could also be focused on customer service and satisfaction, capacity control, or other factors. Just as each company has its own competitive strategy, each has its own unique pricing strategy. The drivers used to determine price will vary for each company—even within the same sector—and be applied to differing degrees depending on the specific needs of the business.
As transport reinvents, disruptive digital tech—the Internet of Things (IoT), smart products, real-time intelligence and connectivity plus artificial intelligence and data analytics—will form the backbone of rail and transit travel.
Reinventing rail pricing strategies:
- Improve customer segmentation.
- Adopt sophisticated forecasting.
- Reverse spiral-down discounting.
- Accelerate digitization.
- Embrace personalization.
The shift to modern dynamic pricing
The shift to today’s customer-focused pricing is part of a transformation approach designed to systematically manage massive amounts of complex, real-time data to enable accurate forecasting, improved recommendations and dynamic capabilities, optimized to drive up profits.
What’s the next step?
Focus on customer centricity
- Understand the customer rather than the transaction.
- Align opportunities to the end-to-end customer experience.
Create an enterprise approach
- Do not silo pricing and revenue strategies—create holistic, coordinated business processes.
- Integrate pricing and revenue strategies across all customer segments.
Drive value with elegant simplicity
- Embed new capabilities to deploy advanced pricing systems.
- Constantly balance the desirable and do-able to maximize impact.