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Optimal Pricing Scheme Achieving Maximum Revenue For Online Retailers

  • Author / Creator
    Qian,Lu
  • 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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  • Graduation date
    2017-06:Spring 2017
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R35Q4RZ6Q
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. 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.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Specialization
    • Signal and Image Processing
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Zhao, Vicky (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
    • Chen,Jie (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Jing,Yindi (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
    • Jiang, Hai (Electrical and Computer Engineering)