The Price Maximize node is designed to continuously change the Price of a small set of Focus Products until the Maximization Goal is reached. Both increases in Price as well as decreases in Price are tested. The Maximization Goal can be to maximize Profit, Revenue, or Quantity Sold. While only the user-selected Focus Products can change Price, the user can define a broader set of 'In Scope' Products that are considered when evaluating the Maximization Goal.
For example, a Retailer may wish to maximize Profitability across their entire Store by changing the Price of one or two Focus Products. Or a Brand Manager may wish to maximize Revenue across all Products having the same Brand as the Focus Product.
Evaluating the Maximization Goal across a broader set of 'In Scope' Products is the way to account for Cannibalization. Cannibalization occurs whenever a Customer would have purchased a different same-Store or same-Brand Product but switches to the Focus Product because of a discount. While the Profit, Revenue, and Quantity Sold of the Focus Product would increase, the overall impact to the Store or Brand may be detrimental.
Note that other multi-Product Pricing nodes are available. The 'What If Product' node has a 'Portfolio Pricing' algorithm that can be used to reach a Maximization Goal by simultaneously changing different Prices of many Focus Products. This allows the 'What If Product' node to identify a Pricing strategy that will return greater Profitability without losing Customers. There is also the 'Price War' node that simulates Competitive Rivals constantly setting and resetting maximizing Prices for multiple Products in a series of Competitive Battles.
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