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Pricefx: Boosts Chemical Margins by Fast Spot Price Reactions

May 6th, 2024 | 7 min. read

By Garth Hoff

The chemical industry is a delicately balanced dance of supply, demand, and volatility. Spot pricing—a method used for customers without long-term pricing agreements or those purchasing beyond their contract terms—requires a keen eye on market conditions and a swift hand to adjust prices in response to fluctuating costs and demand. For those in possession of the keen eye, margin leakage can be avoided whilst for those chemical industry players that are less proactive with their spot price management, it can be a case of margin needlessly slipping through their fingers. For pricing analysts and managers, securing profitable spot prices requires agility and precision. Here’s where Pricefx steps in, becoming your waltz partner in a market that rarely sits still.

In business for over a decade and partnering with and supporting our clients in the chemical industry, Pricefx has been instrumental in establishing automated, real-time pricing processes tailored to our customers. Our overarching objective is to not only optimize pricing strategies but also to serve as a long-term partner in securing ongoing margin improvement and profit growth. By leveraging data-driven decisions, our aim is to enable businesses to work smarter, not harder, fostering profitability and fortifying them for sustained success in the evolving landscape of the chemical industry.

This article delves into how Pricefx, with our innovative pricing software platform, empowers businesses to navigate the complex dance of spot pricing with precision and agility, ultimately driving margin improvement and financial success.

Your Company’s Tango with Spot Pricing

Imagine quoting and selling to customers who do not have long-term agreements or need extra quantities beyond fixed contracts. These “spot sales” rely on short-term price negotiations based on ever-shifting market conditions. You plan your year with an annual operating plan (AOP), but prices change like the weather – influenced by costs, demand, and alternative options.To stay ahead, you constantly evaluate and adjust pricing across portfolios, regions, and customer segments. But here’s the complication:

  • Spot prices move fast – daily, weekly, monthly.
  • Keeping up with market data is a demanding task.
  • Manually calculating and communicating updates is time-consuming and error-prone.
  • Applying notification rules and price protections adds even more complexity.
  • Evaluating potential impacts on your financial targets requires scenario planning.


The Pricefx Spot Pricing Dance Steps You Need

Implementing Pricefx translates into tangible benefits for businesses aiming to enhance spot price target achievement. Pricefx offers a flexible spot pricing interface that considers margins by product, market, and location. Real-time updates based on new data and logic keep you informed and in control in the following ways:

Flexible Spot Pricing Interface

Pricefx provides a flexible interface that accounts for margin by product, market, and geography. This allows pricing analysts to tailor their strategies to the specific conditions of each segment, ensuring that pricing decisions are both strategic and informed.

Real-Time Pricing Updates

With real-time updates based on new input triggers and recalculation logic, Pricefx ensures that pricing strategies remain responsive to market changes. This agility is crucial for maintaining competitiveness and capitalizing on market opportunities as they arise.

Connection to Third-Party Data

Pricefx seamlessly connects to third-party market, cost, and cost-to-serve data, providing a comprehensive view of the factors influencing pricing decisions. This integration is key to making informed decisions that reflect the current state of the market.

Impact Modeling and Scenario Analysis

The platform’s impact modeling capabilities allow users to simulate the effects of updated data and forecasts on pricing strategies. This feature is invaluable for assessing the potential outcomes of different pricing actions and choosing the most advantageous path forward.

ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) Software Integration

Finally, Pricefx connects to ERP systems or other systems to publish and execute updated customer contract pricing. This ensures that pricing changes are efficiently implemented across the organization, maintaining consistency and accuracy.

The Benefits of the Pricefx Spot Pricing Dance

By utilizing Pricefx’s advanced capabilities, businesses can reap significant benefits:

  • Increased Margins: More frequent and faster updates mean you capture fleeting opportunities for higher profits.
  • Smarter Decisions: Simulation and forecasting tools guide your pricing strategies, boosting your bottom line.
  • Reduced Errors: Automated processes minimize manual calculations and ensure accuracy.
  • Reduced Margin Compression: What’s more, the reduction in manual errors and timely pricing updates help prevent margin compression, ensuring that businesses maintain their profitability.
  • Simulate Changes Before They Occur: Pricefx empowers pricing analysts and managers with simulation and profitability forecast modeling, resulting in increased margin realization and more effective targeting of mass price changes.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

The success of a spot pricing strategy can be measured through KPIs such as higher margin improvement and price realization due to more frequent price changes, as well as margin improvement due to more effective targeting of mass price changes.

Calculating Margin Improvement

Margin improvement is calculated by subtracting the old pricing (CM1) from the new pricing (CM2). This simple yet powerful calculation provides a clear measure of the financial impact of pricing changes.

The Pricefx Live Price Grid (LPG)

The LPG is a feature within Pricefx that facilitates monthly spot pricing updates by region and industry. It offers a graphical user interface that simplifies the process of managing spot prices, raw material cost changes, negotiation guidance, cost to serve, and inline analytics.

Picture the Results

Imagine a live price grid showing monthly spot updates for different regions and industries. With Pricefx, a user-friendly interface lets you see:

  • Negotiation Guidance: Calculated fields suggest adjustments for more effective sales conversations.
  • Cost to Serve: Understand the total cost per item, including warehousing, freight, and packaging.
  • Raw Material Cost Change Analysis: Track how material cost fluctuations impact your pricing.
  • Simulation Results: See the projected impact of different pricing scenarios on individual items.


Hypothetical Case Study: How XYZ 123 PetroChem Secured Profitable Spot Prices with Pricefx


XYZ 123 PetroChem, a major player in the chemical manufacturing industry, navigates a turbulent market characterized by fluctuating costs, unpredictable demand, and fierce competition. Spot pricing, crucial for customers without long-term contracts, demanded constant adjustments to secure profitability. However, manually managing these changes was time-consuming, prone to errors, and often resulted in missed opportunities.


To remain competitive and maintain profitability, XYZ 123 PetroChem needed a solution to:

  • React swiftly to market shifts: Fluctuations in costs and demand required agile pricing adjustments to prevent margin leakage.
  • Optimize pricing decisions: Data-driven insights were needed to identify and capitalize on profitable opportunities.
  • Minimize errors and ensure accuracy: Manual calculations and processes increased the risk of errors, impacting profitability.
  • Streamline workflows and improve efficiency: Automating tasks and simplifying processes were crucial for faster decision-making.


XYZ 123 PetroChem implemented Pricefx, a cloud-based pricing software solution designed specifically for the chemical industry. Pricefx offered:

  • Real-time market data integration: Instant access to accurate market data (costs, demand) for informed pricing decisions.
  • Advanced analytics and simulations: Tools to forecast future scenarios, predict outcomes, and optimize pricing strategies.
  • Automated workflows and calculations: Reduced manual tasks and minimized errors, ensuring accuracy and efficiency.
  • User-friendly interface and dashboards: Simplified data visualization and analysis for faster decision-making.


By leveraging Pricefx, XYZ 123 PetroChem achieved significant improvements:

  • Increased margin realization: More frequent and faster spot price updates captured fleeting opportunities, boosting profitability.
  • Improved pricing accuracy: Automated processes and real-time data reduced errors, minimized margin compression.
  • Enhanced decision-making: Data-driven insights and simulations led to more strategic pricing decisions.
  • Streamlined workflows: Automations improved efficiency and freed up resources for strategic tasks.






Your Chemical Industry Pricing Dance Partner – Pricefx

Pricefx emerges as a game-changer in the realm of spot pricing management, offering unparalleled capabilities to improve spot price target achievement through real-time market, cost, and value pricing models.

By leveraging Pricefx, pricing analysts and managers can navigate the complexities of spot pricing with agility, accuracy, and efficiency, driving enhanced profitability and financial performance for their businesses.

Talk to a Pricefx pricing expert now to understand how Pricefx can help you confidently navigate the complex world of spot pricing and waltz your way to higher profits and learn specifically about:

  • Accessing live industry and region-specific prices.
  • Applying filter views to focus on specific SKUs.
  • Analyzing negotiated sales guidance, costs, and raw materials.
  • Running simulations to test different pricing strategies.

Not ready for these chemical industry pricing specifics? No problem.

To learn more about the general ways that Pricefx can address pricing challenges for your chemical company, check out the handy article below:

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Meanwhile, Happy Chemical Industry Pricing!

Garth Hoff

Director, Industry Strategy , Pricefx

Garth Hoff is a 15-year veteran of the pricing industry. He has real-world practitioner experience as a Director of Pricing Strategy, and also pricing software and services leadership experience leading solutions, strategy, sales, product management, and marketing teams. His experience encompasses products, services, B2B, B2C, and e-commerce functions at Ascend Performance Materials, IHS Markit, PROS Revenue Management, Orbitz.com, United Airlines, and General Motors – Delphi Automotive Systems. In his current role at Pricefx, Garth focuses on providing companies with a future vision of what is possible with pricing software while also helping them to make the best possible decision when investing in software.