You don't always get honest answers when asking questions about discounting strategy.
Here is a "grid" for one category, with corporate orders on the y-axis and category orders on the x-axis. The metrics in the table represent the share of sales that are generated by items selling below their historical average price point. Tell me what you observe:
The upper-left cell is for customers who are placing their first order with the brand and in that order the purchase at least one item from the category being studied. 40.3% of the sales meeting this criteria feature items selling below their historical average.
Meanwhile, the lower-right cell is for customers who are placing their 21st+ order with the brand and are buying from the category for the 11th+ time ... the most loyal of loyal buyers. 25.5% of their sales feature items selling below their historical average.
This brand has a clear strategy within this category ... they are offering discounts to entice prospects to purchase for the first time.
Is that a smart strategy? Maybe. If the customer can be enticed into buying via full price yielding nice gross margins, the downstream math could work out.