Versatile and demanding that's what we reckon of tools / construction / machines industry. It's often characterized by very versatile requirements, making it very difficult to identify what we'd call a 'typical client'. In most cases, we're dealing with products that do have MPN (manufacturer part number), but the websites we're trying to monitor either do not make good use of these, or use them inconsistently.
This leaves very little matching options except for manual product matching. Some of our clients do it themselves (supplying us regularly with Excel sheets containing URLs), while others have hired Price2Spy to do both one-off checks for new SKUs to be added, and regular monthly account checks.
In quite a few cases we have coupled standard Price2Spy price monitoring service with crawling / scraping competitor website product content. In order to provide our clients with a source of structured product data - typically containing product name, description, image, and individual product attributes).
The exception to the abovementioned rule are situations when our clients are brands / manufacturers who want to achieve better market pricing overview. Since brands are always able to supply product MPN / EANs, Automatch approach is possible (though not cost effective when needed on more than 20-25 sites)
No matter if you're a retail site who needs to watch its competitors, or a brand / manufacturer - Price2Spy will enable you to identify your competitors' pricing policies (which probably differ from one brand to another, from one product category to another), and to swiftly react to important price change alerts (for example, when a competitor lowers the price below a certain threshold). In case MAP-enforcement is needed, Price2Spy will indicate the MAP-pricing violations, so you can quickly determine what actions to take.
Here is how Price2Spy can help product managers from this industry