Duopolistic Positioning and Pricing Competition with Variety-Seeking and Strategic Customers

Weixin SHANG, Shilu TONG, Yunjie WANG

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We examine a duopolistic market with two firms competing on positioning and
pricing for customers who are variety-seeking or non-variety-seeking, and
strategic or myopic. Contrary to the conventional wisdom that variety-seeking
customers are less profitable customers, we find that firms may benefit from
more variety-seeking customers under both price commitment and dynamic
pricing when some of these customers are myopic. Strategic customer behavior
intensifies competition and hurts the firms. Under each pricing scheme, either
myopic variety-seeking customers or non-variety-seeking customers can be the
most profitable customer group.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2018
EventINFORMS International Conference 2018: A Better World Through O.R., Analytics, and AI - Taipei International Convention Center, Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 17 Jun 201820 Jun 2018


ConferenceINFORMS International Conference 2018
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China
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Bibliographical note

Information Management in Supply Chains
Invited Session: Operations and Decisions in Smart Manufacturing and Logistics
Chair: Weixin Shang, Lingnan University (HK)


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