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Subject/Keyword
Online retailer
Optimal Pricing Scheme
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Qian,Lu
Supervisor and department
Zhao, Vicky (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Chen,Jie (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Examining committee member and department
Jing,Yindi (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Jiang, Hai (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Department
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Specialization
Signal and Image Processing
Date accepted
2016-12-16T14:36:44Z
Graduation date
2017-06:Spring 2017
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
As e-market is becoming more popular, setting a proper price to maximize profit is vital for retailers on trading platforms. Most of the online retailers choose traditional pricing methods such as average pricing and markup pricing to set their prices. These traditional methods set prices based on the costs and the profit gain only, failing to consider the demands, the consumer personal preferences, and the inter-seller competitions. This motivates us to develop a proper pricing method that solves the above problems for online retailers. In this thesis, we propose an optimal pricing scheme (OPS) which enables the online retailers to achieve maximum revenue by recommending best prices. We applied the market share, the linear weight buyer model, and the most competitive sellers to address the above problems. Based on these platforms, we construct the revenue equations and find the best price and maximum revenue for sellers at different levels. The results for both simulated market and real market show that our proposed pricing scheme achieves higher revenue than traditional methods.
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English
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doi:10.7939/R35Q4RZ6Q
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This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private, scholarly or scientific research. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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