Australian Newsagency Blog

A blog on issues affecting Australia's newsagents, media and small business generally.

Network Services magazine allocations fail again: supply of 2014 Australian Open tennis program slashed

Mark Fletcher
December 20th, 2013 · 6 Comments

magstennisWe have been building our sales of the tennis Australian Open program for the last four years and then this year some genius or some genius process at Network Services cut us back to our 2010 supply number.  Last year we sold 26 copies out of 28 supplied. Talk about a screw up. While I am sure the allocations experts at Network will have their excuses, we are not interested. All we want is reasonably supply based on the accurate sales data we provide. That they cannot get this simple thing right shows how useless they are at their job. Now we go on the hunt for more stock, we have to jump through their pathetic hoops in the hope that they allow us to make the money we could have made selling this title.

For the record here is the supply / return data:

  • 2010 – 3 sold out
  • 2011 – 7 returned 1
  • 2012 – 20 returned 3
  • 2013 – 28 returned 2
  • 2014 – 3….



Category: magazines · Ugh!

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 h // Dec 20, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Well I got 7 and need 15 at least.
    Naturally, more cannot be quickly ordered on Networks website as the title is coded
    OUT OF STOCK. Pathetic.
    Last year I sold six before Dec 25th, they are a great stocking stuffer for the tennis fan.


  • 2 Stacey // Dec 20, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Sounds like my current situation. We usually sell anywhere between 30-40 Unique Cars. This month we didn’t receive our allocation and when I checked on it they had allocated 8! I’m the one that looks bad!


  • 3 Mark Fletcher // Dec 20, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Aren’t they stupid? I have lost $360 in sales because of this.


  • 4 DM // Dec 20, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Off topic a bit, but did anyone else get an email from Gotch at lunch time, saying that your account was due on the 20th and is now overdue and supplies will be suspended.
    Looks like we don’t even get the day to pay.


  • 5 Gary // Dec 20, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    distributors being bad, what else is new?


  • 6 Jeff // Dec 21, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    Stupid Network.


Leave a Comment

Powered by sweetCaptcha