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Price pressure is still a bottleneck in the construction industry

Sharp price competition is (still) the most named bottlenetck in the management of many construction companies. Scherpe prijsconcurrentie is (nog steeds) het meest genoemde knelpunt in de bedrijfsvoering van veel bouwbedrijven. Dat blijkt uit een onderzoek van het Economisch Instituut voor de Bouwnijverheid (EIB) dat gehouden werd onder hoofdaannemers in de bouw. Zowel in de … Continue reading

Price disadvantage can lead to higher perception of quality

How would female users of the expensive perfume ‘Victoria’s Secret’ react if it is known that male users receive a discount for the same product? … Previous research shows us that the disadvantaged in price are tempted not to buy anymore from that vendor. But how would consumers react if the same principle is done … Continue reading

GroupM’s Gotlieb Challenges Web Buying Schemes For Television

The CEO of the massive media buying GroupM operation said Thursday he would prefer the industry find a more efficient way to buy and sell TV time rather than support Google’s entry. While Irwin Gotlieb acknowledged that the Internet giant could help speed transactions, he said it’s puzzling why the industry would allow an outsider … Continue reading

Usurious prices damage the image of the retailer

Janakiraman, Meyer and Morales executed two researches where they investigated the reaction of the consumer when prices of some products were changed unexpectedly. The behavioural changes during the buying process in that particular point of sale is what the researchers were interested in. The different researches made it clear that the behaviour of the consumer … Continue reading

Brokers ask for help

The ‘NVM’ (a Dutch association for brokers) wants that the ‘Sociaal-Economische Raad’ (Social-Economic Board) studies the affordability of residences in the Netherlands. According to the president of the NVM, Wim van Kampen, is the house market still under pressure. “We would like SER (Sociaal-Economische Raad) to set guidelines for a healthy market with a good … Continue reading

Competition in broadband doesn’t exist in Belgium

There is no competition in broadband in Belgium. If there would be competition the price would decrease very quickly. That is what Viviane Reding (EU-commissioner) is saying. The broadband rates in our country are remarkably higher than in our neighbouring countries. ´De breedbandconcurrentie in België is onbestaande. Als de concurrentie wel zou werken zou de … Continue reading

Paying parking place by sms is working well in Antwerp

The Mobile-For system to pay parking place by sms in Antwerp is used 150.000 times. After two months 6% of the parking revenue was paid by sms. Het Antwerpse sms-parkeren van het bedrijf Mobile-For is al 150.000 keer gebruikt. Het systeem werd in september vorig jaar ingevoerd. Na twee maanden vertegenwoordigde het sms-parkeren al 6 … Continue reading

InBev increases the price of beer in Belgium

InBev will increase the price of Belgian beer in two steps. In first instance the price beer in crates will increase by 1%. On July the first a second increase will take place, 2.5% will be the price increase for crates and cans of beer. The price of draft beer will stay stable. This is … Continue reading

PSP cheaper in the United States

PlayStation producer Sony wil lower the price of the portable PSP in the United States. The Telegraaf announces that the PlayStation Portable will be 15% cheaper because of the strong competition of the portable Nintendo DS. PlayStationfabrikant Sony verlaagt de prijs van de draagbare PSP-spelconsole in de VS. De PlayStation Portable wordt 15 procent goedkoper … Continue reading

NMa presenteert resultaten onderzoek tarieven collectieve beheersorganisaties

Het is niet goed mogelijk om te beoordelen of de tarieven van collectieve beheersorganisaties excessief zijn. Dit concludeert de Nederlandse Mededingingsautoriteit (NMa) na een kritische analyse van haar eigen instrumentarium. Zonder een meer specifieke vorm van toezicht zijn de tarieven niet op een zinvolle wijze te beoordelen. Collectieve beheersorganisaties hebben een economische machtspositie en vallen … Continue reading