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Pricing Strategies in the Restaurant Industry

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Abstract:

Pricing is known by economists and managers to be an important tool for increasing revenue and thereby ensuring the success of the company. However, practical experience shows that companies rarely consider the development of a strategic pricing program to be a priority. Furthermore, when times are getting tough, pricing issues tend to be ignored and priority rather given to various cost reduction schemes. In this paper we investigate different pricing strategies and assess their relevance for a segment of the restaurant industry, the pizza chain market. The reported study examines the potential for using pricing strategies as a strategic tool for revenue enhancement, both through increasing the number of customers and by capturing a larger share of the consumer surplus. The findings indicate that there is potential for increased use of several pricing strategies such as price discrimination, peak-load pricing and bundling. Managerial implications and suggestions for future research are highlighted.

Keywords: Norway; Pricing strategies; demand-based pricing; restaurant industry; revenue management

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15022250802451065

Affiliations: 1: Norwegian School of Hotel Management, University of Stavanger, 2: SpareBank 1 SR-Bank, 3: Norwegian School of Economics and Business Adminstration, Bergen, Norway

Publication date: October 1, 2008

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