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Are you selling out of newspapers earlier?

Mark Fletcher
July 5th, 2014 · 8 Comments

One of the challenges in this world of declining newspaper sales is tighter than ever allocations by newspaper publishers keen to keep returns to an absolute minimum. I am finding Fairfax tighter than News Corp. Most Saturdays we sell out of The Saturday Age come time between 12 noon and 2pm and only rarely can we get extras.

What is your experience?


Category: Newsagency challenges · Newspapers

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 shauns // Jul 5, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Courier mail and the Australian both sat editions I can never get enough , try and get an increase is near impossible to do when you have subagents that return , but yet woollies next door keep getting increases no matter what they return they say that they are allocated on the same 10% return rate as us but that is a load of cr$p. I have proven this time and time again . Every sunday woollies gets an allocation of sunday mails even though they don’t even open so I return them every week but yet their supply stays the same figure that one out


  • 2 shauns // Jul 5, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    courier mail sold out already


  • 3 Natalie // Jul 5, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    We are based in Sydney – and our Daily Telegraphs are always a problem. The area rep says he increases them for us, only to have circulation play with the numbers and reduce them automatically. ALWAYS HAPPENS DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS!


  • 4 Brendan // Jul 5, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    News Corp have actually been very helpful lately. We are a look alike subby and they are making regular visits and supplying stands etc and offering to help with extra magazines. We’ve been selling out of Australians too soon particularly on week ends. As for Fairfax, who are they?? Haven’t seen any one for a few years.


  • 5 Jenny // Jul 6, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Perfect allocation for busy winter school holidays, couple of papers left at closing time, subbies happy and we are happy!


  • 6 Carol // Jul 6, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    The Grey Nomads have hit town and we can’t get enough Australians. We also have weight restrictions on the days our papers are flown in of 16 kg total weight so you can imagin how far 5 or 6 Australian go. This weight also includes one direct supply agent but needles to say his papers often don’t make it back out of our door to them. Yesterday the delivery bus broke down and we received our papers today at 12 noon. We still had Grey Nomads haunting us today all morning for the Australian. However will now have lots of returns so I hate to think what they will do to our supply next Saturday.


  • 7 Allan Wickham // Jul 6, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Carol, that’s not real fair on your direct supply agent either hey? It’s a broken model that’s for sure.


  • 8 allan wickham // Jul 7, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    3 weeks ago I had our Monday supply of Daily Teles reduced to 3, I have 3 putaways. I spoke with my paper rep and she said she would do what she could to fix it but didnt hold much hope. Today I recieved 4, I had asked for 15. When you try to adjust on their web site it tells you that these adjustments are outside the perimeters i.e. to big an increase. Its almost like they are trying to kill off their own product. I would love to see someone from News comment here about their systems.
    Last week I also received 7 Sunday Mails on the monday morning…..I`ve been closed on a sunday for nearly 2 years now…..!


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