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Modern Revenue Management Can Help Protect QSR from Pricing Backlash

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We’ve all read the news recently about a growing concern among consumers regarding the increasing prices at fast-food restaurants, notably during a time when inflation fatigue is setting in. Various news outlets point out that companies like McDonald's have been transferring higher labor and ingredient costs to consumers, which has resulted in a decrease in fast food consumption and an increase in customer complaints on social media about the affordability of what were once considered inexpensive meals.

Despite a peak in inflation at 9.1% in June 2022, food prices, especially for fast food, have continued to rise, impacting customer satisfaction and sales. McDonald’s, for instance, reported underwhelming results in the fourth quarter, and Yum Brands also experienced weaker-than-expected growth. McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski acknowledged the issue and pledged to focus more on affordability, while efforts by other QSR brands, such as Taco Bell and KFC, continue to emphasize their value menus.

From JUICER’s perspective, this scenario underscores the critical need for a more modern approach to revenue management in the fast-food industry. JUICER's approach to revenue management could not only help QSR brand leaders avoid the predicament of declining sales and customer dissatisfaction but also optimize profits while maintaining positive customer sentiment and satisfaction. Here's how:

  1. Data-Driven Pricing Strategies: JUICER's solution involves analyzing historical sales data, external factors, and market conditions to implement a dynamic pricing strategy that adjusts menu prices in real-time based on demand, competition, and cost fluctuations. This means avoiding blanket price increases across the board and instead applying nuanced price adjustments that reflect the true willingness of what customers will pay, thereby enhancing affordability without sacrificing margins.
  2. Automated Advanced Competitor Monitoring: By keeping a closer eye on the pricing strategies of national and regional competitors, JUICER could provide QSRs with actionable insights to remain competitive at a store level. This could involve localized strategic promotions or value offerings that directly counteract competitors' moves, ensuring the brand stays top-of-mind for consumers seeking value.
  3. Optimization of Menu Offerings: Through detailed analysis, JUICER can identify which menu items are overpriced or underperforming by channel and adjust accordingly. For QSR brands, menu engineering can focus on high-demand, high-margin items. Optimizing the pricing for these can boost profitability while also offering customers the value they seek.
  4. Promotions and Discounts Optimization: JUICER's system could help McDonald's more effectively manage and target promotions, ensuring they are both compelling for consumers in each local market and sustainable for the business. By identifying the optimal times for discounts or special offers, QSR brands can drive traffic during slow periods without eroding profit margins during peak times.
  5. Guest Sentiment Analysis: By monitoring customer feedback and sentiment, JUICER can help a QSR swiftly address any negative perceptions around pricing or value, ensuring that price adjustments or promotions do not adversely affect brand perception.


By leveraging JUICER's advanced pricing solutions and revenue management strategies, restaurants can navigate the challenges of inflation and changing consumer expectations more effectively. This would enable forward-thinking QSR chains to maintain competitive pricing, optimize profits, and keep customer satisfaction high, despite the broader economic pressures on the fast-food industry.

If you would like to discuss your QSR restaurant’s pricing strategy or competitive market position with revenue management experts, please reach out to JUICER.

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