AG Sitzung "Pricing & Revenue Management" 2019

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Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

hiermit möchte ich Sie herzlich zur nächsten Sitzung der Arbeitsgruppe „Pricing & Revenue Management“ einladen, die am Freitag, den 22.02.2019, unter dem Titel Pricing & Revenue Management Summit in München stattfinden wird. Gastgeber ist das BCG Global Competence Center for P&RM in Travel & Tourism.
Unser Ziel ist es auch in diesem Jahr, mit einem abwechslungsreichen Programm den regen Austausch zwischen Wissenschaft und Praxis zu fördern. Dazu wird es zusätzlich zu den eher technisch orientierten Vorträgen einen Management orientierten Track geben. Die Veranstaltung wird in englischer Sprache durchgeführt.

Das Vorabendtreffen findet am 21.02.2019 ab 19:00 Uhr im Wirtshaus in der Au, in unmittelbarer Nähe zum Deutschen Museum, statt.

Bitte beachten Sie, dass die Teilnehmerzahl für die Sitzung begrenzt ist. Daher empfehle ich eine frühzeitige Anmeldung. Die Anmeldung wird nicht wie in den Vorjahren über unsere Online-Plattform erfolgen, sondern per Email. Weitere Informationen zur Sitzung, zur Anmeldung und zu Übernachtungsmöglichkeiten entnehmen Sie bitte den nachfolgenden Seiten.

Ich freue mich sehr auf Ihre Teilnahme und verbleibe mit herzlichen Grüßen

Ihr Claudius Steinhardt


Donnerstag, 21.02.2019


Vorabendtreffen im Wirtshaus in der Au

Freitag, 22.02.2019



Kaffee und Registrierung



Alberto Guerrini &

Professor Claudius Steinhardt

The Boston Consulting Group/Universität der Bundeswehr München


Vortrag 1:

Eash Sundaram

JetBlue Airways Corporation


Vortrag 2:

Professor Peter Belobaba

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Vortrag 3:

Simon Rimrod

Swiss International Airlines AG




Vortrag 4:

Professor Robert Klein & Professor Claudius Steinhardt

Universität Augsburg/ Universität der Bundeswehr München


Vortrag 5:

Mario Alovisi

Costa Crociere S.p.A


Vortrag 6:

Matthias Kuhn

FlixBus GmbH




Technology Track

Management Track


Vortrag 7:

Dr. Stefan Pölt

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Silvio Palumbo

The Boston Consulting Group


Vortrag 8:

Dr. Arnoud den Boer & Dr. Alwin Haensel
Haensel AMS GmbH/University of Amsterdam



Vortrag 9:

Dr. Philipp Bartke & Simon Hohberger

DB Fernverkehr AG

Luigi De Filippo

Silversea Cruises, Ltd.


Vortrag 10:

Bastian Breitenmoser & Martin Friedemann

Opremic services GmbH

Ivan Martinez Bañuelos Group





Vortrag 11:

Lamberto Biscarini

The Boston Consulting Group



Alberto Guerrini &

Professor Claudius Steinhardt

The Boston Consulting Group/Universität der Bundeswehr München



16th meeting of the GOR Working Group Pricing & Revenue Management

Over the last decade, the working group “Pricing and Revenue Management” has evolved to one of
the largest groups within the German Operational Research Society (GOR). The group is dedicated to
all topics around revenue management and pricing analytics, specifically focusing on approaches
originating from Operations Research, mathematics and data science that aim at improving decision
support to revenue maximization-related questions. Its annual meetings attract researchers as well as
practitioners from many different industries, such as airlines, rental companies, hotels, tour operators,
retailers, software vendors, consultants, and many more.

This year’s annual meeting of the working group was promoted under the title Pricing & Revenue
Management Summit. With more than 130 participants, this summit was the largest of the 16 GOR
“Pricing and Revenue Management” group meetings so far. The event was hosted by the Italy based
Global Pricing & Revenue Management Competence Centre of the Boston Consulting Group and took
place in the BCG Munich office. Taking account of the broad scope of the summit, it was the first
meeting of the working group which included two parallel streams in the afternoon: one
business/management oriented track and a second track that was focused on technical/research
related topics.

The conference was opened by Alberto Guerrini and Professor Claudius Steinhardt, who jointly led
through the morning session. The session started with a thrilling talk by Professor Peter Belobaba from
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He reported on the latest developments of research
concerning next generation pricing mechanisms in the airline industry. He stressed the opportunities
of airlines’ new distribution capabilities to apply non-pre-defined and continuous dynamic prices and
to introduce dynamic bundling, thereby tackling the difficulties of estimating the willingness to pay in
single segment/personalized pricing. The next speaker, Alfonso Delgado, Managing Director of
Solution Development Partners at BCG, discussed the challenges and opportunities that come along
with real-time availability of competitive data, new technologies and advances in machine learning as
well as with the extensive deployment of artificial intelligence. In the next talk, Simon Rimrod, Head of
Pricing and Revenue Management and of Revenue Management tools at Lufthansa Group, gave
interesting insights into the Lufthansa approach of involving the “segment of the fewer” into airline
revenue management. The key to personalized pricing is starting all product developments from the
perspective of the customer and, hence, offering more customized packages including various
components rather than just adapting prices to the customer segments.

After a short coffee break, Professor Robert Klein from the University of Augsburg and Professor
Claudius Steinhardt from the Bundeswehr University Munich walked the audience through the revenue
management research advances of the past decade by introducing the central choice-based revenue
management problem, explaining the key results and managerial insights, and discussing their
implications for industry applications. The morning session was closed by Luigi De Filippo, Senior Vice
President and Revenue Manager of Silversea Cruises. He reported on revenue management in the
ultra-luxury segment of cruises, where customers are willing to pay several ten thousands of Euros
and more for a one-week cruise. He stressed the importance of planning destinations and itineraries
with a strong attention to the customers’ interests and demands and how differentiation from the
competitors strongly influences the company’s revenue.

After the lunch break, the participants were able to choose between two breakout sessions, one
hosted by the GOR working group, the other one hosted by BCG. The GOR session had a strong focus
on methodologies and systems. Dr. Stefan Pölt, Head of Revenue Management Tools at Deutsche
Lufthansa, discussed the advantages of going back from OD-based revenue management to
considering a leg-based revenue management approach. For the airline, the leg-based approach is
related to a higher robustness in the solutions, which, according to initial simulation runs, has high
potential to result in a higher revenue. The second talk of this breakout session was given by Professor
Arnoud den Boer from University of Amsterdam together with Dr. Alwin Haensel, founder of Haensel
AMS, a company that provides advanced data analytics and machine learning technologies and
solutions. The speakers introduced a coding contest comparing dynamic pricing algorithms in
simulated markets with various competition settings. They discussed the insights derived from the last
tournament and described the setup of the upcoming run of the contest. Somehow contrary to the
first talk of the breakout, the next talk dealt with the advantages of developing a leg-based revenue
management approach towards an OD-based approach. Dr. Philipp Bartke and Simon Hohberger
discussed respective developments at Deutsche Bahn Fernverkehr. Martin Friedemann, Managing
Director of Opremic services, closed the first breakout session with a vivid talk about a simulation
based revenue management training tool to empower revenue management teams towards enhanced
intuition regarding revenue management oriented decision making.

The second breakout session was entitled “[email protected]”. Silvio Palumbo, Partner & Managing
Director at BCG, opened the session by sharing insights of an AI-based pricing optimization project
across different service lines at a major full service carrier airline. Mario Alovisi, Vice President Revenue
Management at Costa, presented the cruise line’s data-driven approach to generate ancillary onboard
revenues. The key to the double digit revenue growth that could be gained lies in tailored onboard
service value propositions for different customer groups, based on an intelligent recommendation
system. Matthias Kuhn, Vice President Revenue Management at Flixbus, shared Flixbus’ approach to
automate and optimize the huge amount of price points to be set. The company uses a decision tree
based approach and mainly focusses on the automation of long term decisions. The last presentation
of this breakout session was held by Ivan Martinez, Revenue and Pricing Director at
Since most of the online travel agencies’ online traffic is directed from meta search engines, offering a
relatively low fare price compared to traditional travel agencies is a key strategy within the OTA’s
pricing. To compensate for this revenue gap, they rely on additional revenue sources and face the
challenge of forecasting this additional revenue correctly.

The conference was closed by a call to action by Lamberto Biscarini, Senior Partner & Managing
Director at BCG. He reported on common pitfalls in disregarding the opportunities of the latest
advances in technology and data handling, and illustrated the potential of the latter by presenting best
practices from various industries.

Besides the conference, there was also an informal pre-conference dinner at the eve of the meeting.
BCG invited all participants to the Wirtshaus in der Au in the heart of Munich, where the participants
took the opportunity to network and meet old colleagues and friends.

We thank BCG for hosting this year’s successful event and cordially invite all interested “Pricing &
Revenue Management” enthusiasts to attend one of our upcoming meetings. The next meeting will
take place in spring 2020.

Anzahl angemeldeter Teilnehmer: 2

Folgende Nutzer, die Sie sehen können, haben sich bereits angemeldet:

M. Sc. Vienna Klein Universität der Bundeswehr München Anzeigen
Prof. Dr. Claudius Steinhardt Universität der Bundeswehr München Anzeigen
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Gastgeber: The Boston Consulting Group

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