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Entries Tagged as 'Ethics'

Bauer and Coles offers magazines at half price

January 30th, 2015 · 11 Comments

Coles is offering ZOO, OK!, Woman’s Day & NW for half price with any fuel purchase. These are all Bauer Media titles. The promotion is in the Coles Express catalogue. This is Coles and Bauer Media banding driving sales for Coles and potentially reducing traffic flow of the newsagency channel. Thanks for that Bauer. While […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazines · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management

Shocking behaviour by a retail landlord

January 22nd, 2015 · 5 Comments

I heard a story earlier this week about a new newsagent  opening a new business who has been told by the landlord they cannot open their shop until all magazine pockets are filled. I’d never stand for this unless there was a provision in the lease which gave the landlord such power – but I’d […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazines

Beware of Bee Printing

January 19th, 2015 · 8 Comments

In one of my businesses we contracted a company called Bee Printing to print some boxes for us. Our contact at Bee Printing was Steve Davis. We though we were dealing with a local company. Events since indicate that they may be offshore using phone routing to make them look local. The goods arrived more […]

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Newsagents having trouble handing back Hubbed equipment and cancelling the contracts?

January 17th, 2015 · No Comments

I have been contacted by three newsagents in the last two weeks seeking advice and assistance on handing back their Hubbed equipment. each had reached the decision to not continue with Hubbed because of lack of customer interest and lack of revenue. They say that Hubbed is not honouring a promise to take back equipment when […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · Newsagent representation

The case for newsagents newsagents receiving more margin from magazines

January 12th, 2015 · 14 Comments

Australian retail newsagents is a direct account with magazine distributors make 25% of the cover price of a magazine. Distribution newsagents make 25% and have to share that with retailers they supply. The share they make can range from 12.5% to as high as 5% depending on terms negotiated. Newsagents want more than 25%. While some […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · Newsagency opportunities · Newsagent representation · Newsagent suppliers · Newspaper distribution · Newspapers · Social responsibility

Is News Corp. running a campaign against Tatts?

January 9th, 2015 · 4 Comments

The story on news.com.au about an invalid scratch ticket in New Mexico was reportedly accompanied by a Golden Casket (Tatts) image. Regardless, there is no point in News running such a story here – unless they have an agenda against Tatts or some other party. It’s not relevant news. 7 likes

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Tags: Ethics · Lotteries

Herald Sun runs a non story and whacks small business Tatts agents

January 8th, 2015 · 10 Comments

Shame on News Corp. for sloppy reporting in the Herald Sun today with their story that a customer could not get their payout. The reason for the store not paying on the prize was valid – they were out of cash. They could not give what they did not have. Their offer of a payment later […]

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Tags: Ethics · Lotteries

Check out the subscription offer in this magazine

January 8th, 2015 · 5 Comments

While I accept subscriptions are important to the sale and distribution mix of magazine publishers, sometimes they go too far, abusing our low cost retail channel for completely selfish gains. Take the latest issue of Men’s Muscle & Health. The issue has a card inserted which partially covers the title in the pocket behind. On this […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazines · Media disruption · Ugh!

Just read: Hack Attack

January 7th, 2015 · No Comments

I have just finished reading Hack Attack: How the truth caught up with Rupert Murdoch by Nick Davies. While I knew the story and had followed it for years, this book shed new light on the awful crimes committed and the subsequent cover up.  It should be compulsory reading for any who earn income from newspapers and […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newspapers

Newsagents: beware counterfeit licenced product

January 5th, 2015 · 3 Comments

Licenced brands are important in our businesses. Licenced brands like Frozen, Sesame Street, Disney and Peppa Pig. They are licenced brands because they are licenced by the owner of the intellectual property and represent large investment in developing the licence. The challenge is that these products can be easily copied and governments are under-resourced in detecting […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newsagency management · Social responsibility

New York Review of Books on Murdoch

December 26th, 2014 · No Comments

The New York Review of Books has published an article Murdoch watchers will wan to read. How the Murdoch Gang Got Away by Geoffrey Wheatcroft is compelling reading about the phone hacking scandal which is still playing out. 2 likes

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Unfair demands from Tatts on retailers at the busiest retail time of the year

December 16th, 2014 · 4 Comments

In addition to the challenge of the $30 million OzLotto jackpot tonight taking some focus from Christmas product sales, some Tatts retailers have been yelled at by their Tatts regional territory manager in an email. I say yelled at because the email font is larger than is usual for a business email and the typeface […]

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Tags: Ethics · Lotteries · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · Social responsibility

Daily Telegraph response to Sydney siege

December 15th, 2014 · No Comments

The Press Council says they already have one complaint about the coverage from The Daily Telegraph in a special edition published in response to the siege in Sydney today. The image is from Alex Hayes, editor of Mumbrella. 8 likes

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Tags: Ethics · Newspapers

News Corp. newspaper billing error hits newsagents with an expensive Christmas gift

December 15th, 2014 · 9 Comments

News Corp’s Queensland outpost Queensland Newspapers has admitted a billing error affecting newsagents going back, in some cases, eight months. They advised newsagents by email over the weekend and have indicated they will add the amount they are clawing back as a miscellaneous line item in the Dec. 14 bill. This is appalling behaviour by News […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management

A social responsibility connection can help attract shoppers to your newsagency

December 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

At Christmas, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day we see terrific engagement from shoppers in our newsagencies with products that have a social responsibility or charity connection. Card companies have been particularly good at this engagement. As retailers have built their businesses around ethical product sourcing and charity support or social responsibility engagement in some other […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newsagency management · Social responsibility

How to cut your end of month magazine bill

November 24th, 2014 · 22 Comments

This photo shows some of the magazines I took off the shelves for early return in one of my newsagencies on Saturday in my weekend cull. Every Saturday I review all magazines on the shelves, considering the stock on hand, the length of time on the shelves already, the pressure on space and sales history. […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Newsagency management

Another example of Bauer Magazine oversupply

November 24th, 2014 · 6 Comments

I don’t want to be in a position to write this blog post. No, I want fair and justified magazine supply. I don’t want unjust treatment that is not based on data facts. My story plays out in thousands of newsagencies each week, costing our channel millions of dollars. It disadvantages us. Click on the […]

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

What’s your position on Tatts and supermarkets and how much will you back it?

November 19th, 2014 · 71 Comments

I am against supermarkets and any business associated with supermarkets. getting access to the sale of lottery products. It’s important I start with that statement as what I say in this blog post will cause some to say that is not my position. The Daily Telegraph story published yesterday – Survival is a lottery for […]

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Tags: Ethics · Lotteries · Newsagency management · newsagency of the future · Social responsibility

Bauer Media ignores newsagent sales data & sends extra stock when there is plenty in-store

November 18th, 2014 · 22 Comments

This is not a new story. What I describe here happens in newsagencies across Australia every week, many times over. It’s been happening for years. This is a crime. There appears little or no interest in key spiller businesses in fixing the issue. Shame on those involved as you are the people hurting small business […]

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

Interesting Stop Staples campaign could offer learnings for newsagents doing school booklists

November 17th, 2014 · No Comments

Someone or some group in the US is running a Stop Staples campaign to encourage people to NOT purchase school supplies from Staples. The campaign is connected with the move of US Postal service outlets into some Staples stores: Staples and the U.S. Postal Service have cut a deal that jeopardizes thousands of living-wage jobs – […]

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Tags: Ethics · Social responsibility

Gerry Harvey still fighting on the GST

November 13th, 2014 · 2 Comments

It’s good to see Gerry Harvey still fighting on the GST front, his targeting of Australia Post and its new ShopMate service that he says makes it easier for Australians to purchase products GST free from overseas retailers and bring them into the country. I am interested in the issue but not so much the […]

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Tags: Ethics · Social responsibility

Paywalls vanish when publishers go each other

November 11th, 2014 · No Comments

The Australian Financial Review had a report yesterday about a favourable tax ruling for News Corp. in Luxembourg in 2009. The report is accessible to all despite the vast majority of AFR content being bend a paywall. News Corp. tends to do the sale – leave reports negative to Fairfax outside the paywall. The more newspaper […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newspapers

Sunday newsagency management tip: fail well

November 2nd, 2014 · 4 Comments

It’s natural to fear failure in personal and business life. Online and offline gossip about friends, colleagues, competitors and others is often about failure, intensifying our own fear of failure. Today, news of failure is amplified more than ever because of the ready access to the megaphones of social media. My uneducated theory is that volume of […]

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Tags: Ethics · Management tip · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · Newsagency opportunities · Optimism · Small Business · Social Media · Social responsibility

When discount Christmas cards are not really discounted

October 31st, 2014 · 11 Comments

Check out how one shop that looks like a newsagency but is not a newsagency in Melbourne is promoting Christmas cards. Their pitch is up to 70% off. The sign should say up to 70% off a retail price we made up that has no real connection with what we actually paid for this stock. Looking […]

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Exclusive gift with purchase from Bauer at Woolworths

October 31st, 2014 · No Comments

Check out the display a colleague sent me of a display at a Woolworths supermarket offering and exclusive to Coles gift with purchase for a range of titles. This is a stunning stand promoting an excellent gift. It’s certain to drive sales of the promoted titles in Woolworths. It is disappointing that Bauer promotes supermarkets ahead […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazines