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Retailers (online and offline) really care about Price Elasticity. It determines their bottom line.
Price elasticity definition
The measure of the responsiveness of consumers to a change in a product’s cost. Definition source.
It follows that if the price of a product is increased overall units sold drop, and vice versa. But this is not always the case.
The Heinz story
Heinz discovered by increasing the size of ketchup bottles from 24oz to 36oz sales increased with no reduction in buying frequency. Turns out consumption of ketchup follows its own convention. Mothers buy ketchup for kids so when there’s less than 3/4th left they ask their kids to go slow and consumption rate falls.
With the 36oz bottle, 3/4th is still a lot. When consumption was viewed side by side it was discovered they got over at approximately the same time. The replacement of 24oz with 36oz helped Heinz increase ketchup sales by 13%.
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