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Entries Tagged as 'Ethics'

The importance of talking about mental health in small business newsagencies

May 21st, 2015 · 4 Comments

A newsagent suicided two weeks ago leaving a young family without a parent and a business without leadership. Things had been tough for the business with landlord challenges and difficulties dealing with magazine supply. Colleague newsagents had suggested help was needed. Unfortunately, the first meeting to sort out help was two days too late. I have […]

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Tags: Ethics · Leadership · Newsagency management · Occupational Health · Social responsibility

Why you should not delete data when you sell your newsagency

May 20th, 2015 · No Comments

When you contract to sell your newsagency, or any business for that matter, you usually contract to sell the business as it has been trading and you contract to sell the assets of the business.  Your business data is part of that trading, your business data is an asset of the business. Removing data prior […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newsagency management

Magazine ad could confuse with In Style

May 19th, 2015 · 2 Comments

This ad on the floor of a shop in Adelaide could confuse. I thought it was promoting In Style until I noticed none of the images was In Style – not even from the same publisher. 4 likes

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Tags: Ethics · magazines

Ignorant commentators come out against the small business instant asset write off in the 2015 federal budget

May 15th, 2015 · 2 Comments

I write this as the owner of an Australian software company serving several specialist retail channels, as a newsagent and as the owner os a couple of other businesses serving small businesses in Australia. I am disappointed at some of the commentary about the instant asset write off announced in the federal budget this week. I have […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newsagency management · Small Business · Social responsibility

Supermarkets called to stop selling Zoo magazine

May 14th, 2015 · 2 Comments

ABC local radio in Sydney today carried a story about Zoo magazine that included calls on Coles and Woolworths to stop selling Zoo. Listen here. Click here to see an opinion piece by Jo Stanley about this. 3 likes

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Tags: Ethics · magazines · Social responsibility

If you received Wedding Styling Handbook this week from Bauer Media read on

May 9th, 2015 · 2 Comments

A newsagent colleague called me yesterday with news the newsagency received Wedding Styling Handbook issue #1 for the fourth time. First time around their received 4 copies and sold all. Two months later they received 5 copies and returned 3. Four months later they received 3 and returned 3.  This title was done after the […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Social responsibility

MPA seeks to vary magazine pilot arrangements

May 8th, 2015 · No Comments

The ACCC advised yesterday that the MPA is seeking to vary arrangements for the pilot to test magazine supply rule changes. Click here to see the MPA letter. Click here to see the annexure. This latest correspondence from the MPA does not trial magazine supply changes that enable newsagents to be competitive with others. The […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · newsagency of the future · Social responsibility

What newsagents need to know about the MPA trial of proposed magazine supply rule changes

May 6th, 2015 · 27 Comments

Here is a video I shot Monday this week to explain what I think newsagents need to know about the trial of new magazine supply rules proposed by three magazine publishers. It’s a long video but brings to the view concerns about the facts. Please watch it. In the video you are provides quotes from […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Social responsibility

Mumbrella covers MPA newsagent magazine supply rule change proposal

May 2nd, 2015 · 13 Comments

Media news website Mumbrella yesterday covered the ACCC conference held last week to consider the application by the MPA to trial new magazine supply rules. I appreciate the time they took to learn about the proposed trial and the concerns it represents for newsagents. This the first time I can recall such public coverage of the […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Newsagent representation

Draft legislation on unfair contracts out for comment

April 29th, 2015 · 1 Comment

I encourage newsagents to read the draft legislation from the Federal Government on unfair contracts. See what the Minister for Small Business has to say here. reading his comments, this legislation could be useful for small newsagencies dealing with magazine contracts. I have not had an opportunity to read this yet. If you do, please […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management

Another example of oversupply of small business newsagents by Bauer Media

April 28th, 2015 · 6 Comments

While Bauer Media representatives said to the ACCC last they want to help newsagents with a fairer magazine supply model, back at the office the people reporting to them scaled out HOME ENTERTAINMENT: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to newsagents. This publication was tagged New for 2014. Seriously, new for 2014. What happened yesterday is that newsagents […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Social responsibility

Oversupplied The Block magazine

April 27th, 2015 · 1 Comment

A year ago we received 31 copies of The Block magazine and returned 22. This year, taking no notice of our sales data, Bauer supplied us 31 copies again. Last year we promoted the title prominently. This year we are not. We have better use for the same. Saturday, I early returned stock of this […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply

Dealing with oversupply of Modern Wedding magazine

April 16th, 2015 · 1 Comment

I wrote to Modern Wedding magazine three days ago about the unjustified oversupply of Modern Wedding Cakes & Styling to a newsagent as I wrote about here. I am yet to receive a response. As with the publisher of Scoop and my similar complaint to them about the same issue, I have not received a […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply

Confronting the Scoop oversupply issue

April 13th, 2015 · No Comments

Over the weekend I emailed several contact points at Scoop about their oversupply as I wrote about here last week. The email speaks for itself. I wrote it because I’m of the view we need to hold publishers account for the oversupply we are hit with given that magazine distributors have done little to address […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Social responsibility

Magazine distributor IPS completes today’s trifecta of magazine oversupply of small business newsagents

April 13th, 2015 · 13 Comments

A newsagent contacted me this morning to advice IPS, the Fairfax owned magazine distributor, has supplied 92 copies of Wild Boar magazine in response to sales data showing net average sales of 39 copies. This oversupply will cost the newsagent time, labour and cash. it will cost the publisher service fees – as the distributor […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Social responsibility

Is this behaviour by magazine distributor Bauer Media’s Network Services unethical?

April 13th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Check out the supply and return data for Modern Wedding Cakes & Styling for a newsagent who contacted me yesterday. They received 3 copies of edition #17 on 21/7/2014. They didn’t sell any. On 12/1/2015, Bauer sent them another two copies. They have still not sold any. Today, they receive two more copies. Newsagents are […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Social responsibility

Magazine distributor Gordon & Gotch fails newsagents with Valentine’s Day title

April 13th, 2015 · No Comments

Gordon and Gotch is today (Monday) distributing Good Things Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day was six weeks ago. There is no sense in supplying this title now and doing so makes newsagents less competitive. It will cost those who receive it time, space, eight and cash. Gotch would still be able to scale out this title to […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Social responsibility

People coming late to support newsagent pressure on proposed magazine supply rule changes

April 8th, 2015 · No Comments

It is interesting seeing those who claim to support and serve newsagents now supporting requests for the ACCC to listen to newsagent concerns about the trial of new magazine supply rules after the ACCC has agreed to hold a public conference on this. Makes me wonder where they were over the last couple of months when those […]

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Tags: Ethics · Social responsibility

Must read: Fairfax report on News Corp tax affairs

April 6th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Fairfax newspapers this morning have published a report claiming News Corp. has sent $4.5 billion to the US virtually tax free. Rupert Murdoch’s media empire in the US has siphoned off $4.5 billion of cash and shares from his Australian media businesses in the past two years, virtually tax free. According to calculations by University of NSW accounting academic, Jeffrey Knapp, […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newspapers · Social responsibility

How would this title from Network Services be handled by the proposed new magazine rules?

April 4th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Unless I am missing something, this behaviour by Network Services would be permitted under the magazine supply rules the MPA has developed and the ANF endorsed: this magazine, SpongeBob and his Buddies, which failed at one newsagency in April 2014, has been sent to another newsagency. Unless it is a redistribution to the newsagency receiving it now, […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Social responsibility

Newsagents given the ability to compete on magazines

April 1st, 2015 · 14 Comments

Australian small business newsagents will rejoice today on the news of a new magazine supply model to start immediately. Newsagents control the titles they receive. Newsagents control the volume of each issue they receive. Magazine distributors to suggest range and volume which newsagents can accept or reject. Newsagents, publishers and distributors agree on a benchmark returns percentage. All returns […]

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Tags: Ethics · Fun · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Social responsibility

An identity check can protect your business

April 1st, 2015 · No Comments

A newsagent yesterday gave away confidential information about their business lease to someone on the phone without verifying who they were. The caller said they were from an organisation associated with the business. It turns out the caller was from an organisation seeking to compete with them. If you are not certain of who is […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newsagency management

Ethics in business

April 1st, 2015 · No Comments

As I write this (Tuesday 4:05pm), I am sitting in a regional airport lounge listening to a car dealer on the phone tell his staff how to fudge sales figures so they continue to be in the running to win an award from the respected car brand they sell. They are booking ten sales by […]

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Tags: Ethics · Social responsibility

ACCC submission in relation to newsagency magazine supply trial

March 30th, 2015 · 23 Comments

The ACCC has proposed to authorise Magazine Publishers Australia to conduct a trial of an alternative magazine supply model. As I wrote here in November, I think the proposed code of conduct changes are ill conceived and will not address the unfairness for newsagents compared to others with whom we compete. Earlier this month I encouraged newsagents to […]

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Tags: Environment · Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · Newsagency opportunities · Social responsibility

Fairfax duds newsagents with Financial Review price rise

March 28th, 2015 · 16 Comments

Fairfax has announced the cover price of the Australian Financial Review increases 8.5% from Tuesday April 7 yet the gross profit increase permitted by Fairfax to retail newsagents is only 2.5%. Fairfax is double dipping. They are increasing the cover price and reducing the margin permitted. This is an appalling move by Fairfax against small business newsagents. […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newspapers · Social responsibility