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Read about the business that represents a big threat to newsagents

Mark Fletcher
January 12th, 2017 · 5 Comments

Typo is an extraordinary business. Yet it defies description.  Is it a gift shop? A stationery shop? Who knows?? However, Typo is popular because of the design of its products.

The Age two days published a terrific article that takes you behind the scenes of the company behind Typo. I urge all newsagents to read the article.

“We really believe in developing product that people love, that they can afford,” he says. “Not the cheapest, not the most expensive but always on trend, that’s our place.

The article is an excellent read.

I have written about Typo here before. My view remains that Typo is a major threat to newsagency businesses. They have made stationery fun and chic for a demographic hitherto ignored in our channel.

I urge newsagents to go to a Typo store and prop outside for an hour or so and watch how people engage with the store and what it sells.  While I have seen plenty of Typo stores, the one on the mall in Brisbane is the best for this type of watching.


Category: Stationery

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MARK. R // Jan 12, 2017 at 10:59 AM

    Everyone can see the shift in the stationery market place , except our traditional suppliers


  • 2 Leo // Jan 12, 2017 at 1:35 PM

    “We really believe in developing product that people love, that they can afford,” he says. “Not the cheapest, not the most expensive but always on trend, that’s our place.”

    – sounds like the newsXpress model.


  • 3 Colin, Malvern SA // Jan 12, 2017 at 11:01 PM

    Love this company. On trend and good value. Avoiding landfill. Products not found in supermarkets, Target. Kmart etc


  • 4 Kerrilyn // Jan 13, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    As a mother of three daughters who love Typo we’ve watched it since the inception. I have a love/hate relationship with it… they get it so right.. I am constantly amazed at newsagents that say they have never been in a typo store or even know it exists! Brisbane Mall is a great one to watch I agree, they open early and they pump!


  • 5 Colin // Jan 13, 2017 at 9:00 PM

    Visited the outlet store today. I retract my earlier comment.


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