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A Guide to Dynamic Pricing Algorithms | Grid Dynamics

A Guide to Dynamic Pricing Algorithms | Grid Dynamics

Price setting is one of the most important problems in retail because any price setting error directly results in lost profit. However, traditional price management methods almost never achieve optimal pricing because they are designed for traditional environments, where the frequency of price changes is inherently limited (e.g., brick-and-mortar stores), and the complexity of pricing […]

How Is AI Is Empowering Sales | CIO Applications

How Is AI Is Empowering Sales | CIO Applications

Companies are using artificial intelligence and Machine Learning in all possible ways to advance their businesses. AI monitors a customer’s online activity to predict and suggest certain products which are relevant to the customer. Companies need to identify the different types of data sets that can be combined to portray the complete picture of the customer […]

Artificial intelligence, algorithmic pricing, and collusion | VOX

Artificial intelligence, algorithmic pricing, and collusion | VOX

Remember your last online purchase? Chances are, the price you paid was not set by humans but rather by a software algorithm. Already in 2015, more than a third of the vendors on Amazon.com had automated pricing (Chen et al. 2016), and the share has certainly risen since then – with the growth of a […]

Algorithms Are Better Than We Thought – They Can Collaborate Into Cartels | The Continental Telegraph

Algorithms Are Better Than We Thought – They Can Collaborate Into Cartels | The Continental Telegraph

Antitrust agencies are concerned that the autonomous pricing algorithms increasingly used by online vendors may learn to collude. This column uses experiments with pricing algorithms powered by AI in a controlled environment to demonstrate that even relatively simple algorithms systematically learn to play sophisticated collusive strategies. Most worrying is that they learn to collude by […]

Generic Drug “Cartel” Busted In Pricing Collusion Scheme | The Ring of Fire Network

Generic Drug “Cartel” Busted In Pricing Collusion Scheme | The Ring of Fire Network

Mike Papantonio:       A group of generic drug manufacturers have been busted working together to drive up the cost of generic drugs in the United States. The cartel, and it is purely a drug cartel, used special coded language. As a matter of fact, they had their own lingo to help each other keep and plan […]

Tacit Collusion of Pricing Strategy Game between Regional Ports: The Case of Yangtze River Economic Belt | MDPI

Tacit Collusion of Pricing Strategy Game between Regional Ports: The Case of Yangtze River Economic Belt | MDPI

Abstract: We develop a game model to analyze the tacit collusion between regional ports under three different scenarios. In the first scenario, there is simultaneous pricing game between regional ports; this intends to depict pricing strategy adopted independently. In the second, we consider two competing ports that make sequential pricing decisions. Thirdly, an infinitely repeated […]

Are budget airlines really charging families to sit with their own children? | NewStatesmanAmerica

Are budget airlines really charging families to sit with their own children? | NewStatesmanAmerica

Are algorithms trying to steal our children? That’s the question at the heart of the latest airline ticket pricing scandal. Are budget airlines trying to squeeze more money out of families by deliberately allocating them seats in separate parts of the plane, then forcing them to pay a fee so that children can be seated […]

The CMA’s Paper on Pricing Algorithms, Collusion and Personalised Pricing |  The National Law Review

The CMA’s Paper on Pricing Algorithms, Collusion and Personalised Pricing | The National Law Review

On 8 October 2018, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) published a Working Paper on the ‘use of pricing algorithms to facilitate collusion and personalized pricing’ (the “Paper”). It follows a number of other initiatives from competition authorities regarding algorithms, including the recent German Monopolies Commission’s proposals regarding pricing algorithms, which was the subject […]

Grocers must be mindful of price-setting software | The Grocer

Grocers must be mindful of price-setting software | The Grocer

The use of price optimisation software, often relied on by online retailers to make sure their prices are not being undercut by competitors, is coming under more scrutiny than ever. In a report released this month, an independent panel that advises the German government on competition law and policy-making called for stricter surveillance of online […]

Uber drivers gang up to cause surge pricing, research says | The Telegraph

Uber drivers gang up to cause surge pricing, research says | The Telegraph

Uber drivers team up in gangs to force higher prices before they pick up passengers, research has revealed. Researchers at the University of Warwick found Uber drivers in London and New York have been tricking the app into thinking there is a shortage of cars in order to raise surge prices. According to the study. drivers manipulate Uber’s algorithm […]