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Entries Tagged as 'Competition'

Finance Minister makes case for selling government owned Australia Post retail outlets

October 1st, 2014 · No Comments

At his press conference on Sunday announcing the privatisation of Medicare, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann made the case for privatising the government owned and protected Australia Post retail outlets. There is absolutely no good reason for the Federal Government to own a private health insurance business today. Medibank Private is a commercial business, operating in […]

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Tags: Australia Post · Competition · Ethics · Newsagency management · Social responsibility

Magazine publishers: are you happy with this retail display?

September 30th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Hey magazine publishers, are you happy with this display of magazines that I saw in a supermarket at the weekend? Even if fully stocked this display would look scruffy with the covers hard to read. The display does nothing to support the products in a way that I’d call respectful of the product. There is […]

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Tags: Competition · magazines

Insight into WH Smith growth expectations

September 24th, 2014 · No Comments

The Guardian has published a report on WH Smith which includes analysis from Barclays. Included is this about their international business: For International, we estimate that the division will generate around £2m of earnings in 2014. However, with 118 stores now open we believe that earnings will grow to £9m by 2017 as store productivity […]

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Tags: Competition · Newsagency challenges

Coles offering iTunes vouchers at 30% off

September 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Coles is offering 30% off the price of iTunes cards in return for a $50 grocery spend. This is another example of one of the supermarket duopoly getting favoured treatment for a product which other retailers sell more of. Shame on the parties involved in allowing Coles to have this offer as it only serves […]

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Tags: Competition

Australia Post shows why we’d be wasting money on over the counter bill payment

September 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Australia Post has been doing more clever stuff as it recasts its business with a stronger digital focus. The latest announcement – about its digital mailbox – further demonstrates why newsagents who want an over the counter bill payment solution for the channel are out of date in their thinking. That ship sailed years ago […]

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Tags: Australia Post · Bill Payment · Competition · Newsagency challenges · newsagency of the future

Coles carefully selects words to guide how you view the experience

September 4th, 2014 · 4 Comments

If you have used a self service checkout at a Coles supermarket recently you would have heard the voice from the machine welcome you to Coles assisted checkout and at the end say Thank you for using Coles assisted checkout. The only assistance I have seen is if something goes wrong. You then wait, and […]

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Tags: Competition · Newsagency management

Coles Goondiwindi breaches magazine on-sale obligations

August 27th, 2014 · 8 Comments

The issue of The Australian Women’s Weekly due on sale tomorrow is already being sold at Coles Express Goondwindi this morning. If a newsagent did this they would be failed for selling a title before the on-sale. It’s frustrating that Coles appears to be getting away with this. UPDATE: still on display at 4:15pm today – […]

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Tags: Competition · magazines

Dreadful promotion of homes+ by Coles

August 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Bauer Media better not be paying Coles a premium to promote the launch issue of homes+ magazine. On the weekend I noticed this floor display unit placed at the checkout which is locked and used a clutter storage space in a busy inner city Coles location. It’s probably the worst location in this particular Coles […]

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Tags: Competition · magazines

Excellent article in The Monthly on Australia’s supermarket duopoly

August 7th, 2014 · 5 Comments

Every newsagent in Australia ought to read Supermarket Monsters by Malcolm Knox in the latest issue of The Monthly. The article goes to the heart of our mission of newsagents – to stop supermarkets taking our retail channel in their quest to gobble up independent retailers in Australia. Once you’s read the article, share it […]

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Tags: Competition · Social responsibility

A look at UK supermarkets

August 7th, 2014 · No Comments

UK Channel 4 current affairs Dispatches program is running a fascinating series on UK supermarkets which I highly recommend. I could not see it on any Australian Tv schedule so I downloaded it through EZTV. The program is interesting as it gives some hope to the power of the major supermarket groups.  This is relevant […]

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Tags: Competition · Social responsibility

Bauer exclusive cookbook for Coles

July 17th, 2014 · No Comments

I have noticed this Cakes cookbook in Coles supermarkets – offered free when purchasing Allens candy. It’s an exclusive line by Coles, one which I suspect has been driven by Allens with them using the Bauer custom publishing service. It must be a national promotion as I’ve seen it in Perth and Melbourne. 2 likes

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Tags: Competition · magazines

Bauer speaks out on Coles magazine discount

June 16th, 2014 · 26 Comments

Julie Green, National Channel Manager – Newsagents, at Bauer Media has issues a statement about Coles discounting Woman’s Day today in Victoria: It has been brought to our attention that Coles has made the decision to discount this week’s current edition of Woman’s Day to $2.10 in their Victorian stores. Bauer Media would like to […]

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Tags: Competition · magazine distribution · magazines

Jamie’s cheap plush @ Woolworths

June 16th, 2014 · 3 Comments

As part of the Jamie’s garden feature at Woolworths is this range of cheap plush being pitched near checkout counters. This plush is of the same quality as $3.00 plush items I have seen in in deep discount stores. At Woolworths it’s priced at $5.00. To me, the price seems high for the quality of what […]

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Tags: Competition · Plush

Woolworths exclusive magazine promotion

June 12th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Check out the stand pitching an Exclusive competition being run in Woolworths supermarkets by Bauer at the moment. The Woolworths in Sydney where I first saw the stand had two of these in their magazine department and a smaller stand elsewhere in the store. Customers need purchase one title to enter. More than $100,000 worth […]

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Tags: Competition · magazines

Coles magazine display unit funded by suppliers?

May 16th, 2014 · 2 Comments

In an inner-suburban Coles last night I noticed this display unit placed in the entrance, just after where shoppers pick up baskets – near the self checkout area. Behind the magazines on two sides were stickers indicating title placement. Given how supermarkets manage floorspace I suspect Coles is being paid for the floorspace taken by this […]

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Tags: Competition · magazines

Officeworks is not cheap for ink or stationery

May 14th, 2014 · 1 Comment

I posted an update on Linked In connecting to my blog post yesterday about Officeworks price comparing ink. Almost straight away an ad on my Linked In page appeared for Officeworks. Creepy. Then I read the ad – 20 years of helping businesses grow. Yeah. 20 years of trying to take business from small business […]

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Tags: Competition

Officeworks calls the newsagency to check ink prices

May 13th, 2014 · 5 Comments

Someone from the local Officeworks called my newsagency Saturday morning to price check a couple of ink cartridges. They said they had a customer there who buys ink from us and Officeworks wanted to price check because of their cheapest prices guarantee. I was shocked when I heard the story from a team member who […]

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Tags: Competition · Ethics · Newsagency management · Stationery

Sunday newsagency marketing tip: find out who has the best handwriting

May 11th, 2014 · No Comments

Between now and Father’s Day in September we have no major retail season. While some will have mid year and stock take sales, they are not as strong as Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day and the like. So, here is an idea for creating more traffic just for your business. Run a competition looking for the […]

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Tags: Competition · marketing · marketing tip · newsagency marketing

Understanding the new competitor: WH Smith

February 26th, 2014 · No Comments

WH Smith is expanding its newsagency footprint on several fronts in Australia including opening what look like more traditional newsagency businesses. This photo os from the WH Smith at Melbourne airport – before customs in the international terminal. This WH Smith store is a traditional large-format WH Smith transit store. What you see is an […]

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Tags: Competition · Newsagency management · WH Smith

Cotton On’s Typo embraces Halloween

October 25th, 2013 · No Comments

Check out the display promoting halloween product at a Typo (owned by Cotton On) store I saw in Brisbane two days ago. They only had limited stock left but the range was still good. Halloween has been picked up by more Aussie retailers this year than ever. 1 likes

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Tags: Competition · retail

Welcoming another competitor

October 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

A few years ago Dick Smith opened a new store opposite my newsagency in Forest Hill in Victoria. They knocked us around in the ink space. It hurt. We eventually climbed back by focusing on brands, top selling inks and excellent service. We once again did well out of ink. We just found out that […]

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Tags: Competition · Newsagency management

The next front in supermarket wars

March 23rd, 2013 · 2 Comments

Check out the excellent report in the Fairfax newspapers this morning by Adele Ferguson and Chris Vedelago. It underscores why the renewed interest of the ACCC in their market share is timely. 1 likes

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Tags: Competition · Ethics · Social responsibility

Happy Lab is an interesting model

March 20th, 2013 · 1 Comment

If you get a chance to see a Happy Lab store it’s worth it as it shows how colour blocking and creative packaging can get people spending more on an everyday item than they otherwise might. It’s Smiggle for candy and chocolate lovers.  Take the easter chocolates in the photo. At Happy Lab the price […]

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Tags: Colour blocking · Competition · confectionary

Officeworks fails to deliver lowest prices, newsagents are cheaper

January 25th, 2013 · 46 Comments

If only Office spent as much money delivering lowest prices as they do in claiming that they offer lowest prices. Check out a price comparison published in the Adelaide Advertiser yesterday. The difference between Officeworks and Newspower is extraordinary. I am surprised that with evidence like this that someone does not challenge the Officeworks claim. […]

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Tags: Competition · Newsagency management

Facing Walmart … and big competitors

January 18th, 2013 · 10 Comments

I was fortunate to see and hear Bill Simon, President and CEO of retail behemoth Walmart, deliver a keynote speech at the NRF Big Show 2013 in New York earlier this week. While the majority of representatives in the 27,000 attending this conference were big business connected, small business numbers were significant. For Simon, almost every other […]

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Tags: Competition