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Entries Tagged as 'Ethics'

How violent can Halloween products be before they offend?

September 27th, 2014 · 6 Comments

The name of the product screams: STABBING MAN WITH BLOOD CLOTH. A few weeks ago I thought this was pretty cool. Today, with the higher terror alert and the recent tragedy in Endeavour Hills I wonder about the name of the product and whether it has a meaning that does not work today as it […]

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Tags: Ethics

How should The Age have handled their front page mistake yesterday?

September 26th, 2014 · 3 Comments

The moment people at The Age discovered they had incorrectly identified a teenage boy in a photo on the front page of yesterday’s newspaper as a terror suspect they should have immediately recalled every copy from sale. It is appalling the publisher allowed this dangerous and mistaken identification to circulate a moment longer. The coverage of the story […]

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Tags: Ethics · Social responsibility

Shame on Philip Morris

September 18th, 2014 · 3 Comments

I am appalled by the advertising I saw being used by Philip Morris in the Philippines earlier this week promoting Marlboro cigarettes. DON’T BE A MAYBE BE> Marlboro reads to me like a pushy message, a demand almost. Like if you don’t smoke Marlboro you will be a maybe and who wants to be a maybe? Not […]

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Tags: Ethics · Tobacco sales

Ros Reines fails to backup sledge of newsagents

September 15th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Ros Reines from Sydney Confidential in The Daily Telegraph recently claimed to 17,500 Twitter followers that some newsagents don’t put out magazines each day. I responded and found out it was two newsagents in Bondi. Reins has not responded to other questions I’ve put. A professional journalist would check the facts before publishing. I want […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newsagency challenges · Newspapers · Social Media · Social responsibility

Beware of scammers using the e-pay name

September 9th, 2014 · No Comments

Scammers are chive in contracting newsagents saying they need to access your computer system to install an e-pay update. This is a scam. Do not them them touch your computer system. this happened today to a newsagent in Queensland who just contacted me. 2 likes

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Fairfax plays hardball with small business newsagents on Trader Tag

September 5th, 2014 · 5 Comments

Further my post last week, Fairfax owned IPS has confirmed it will play hard ball with newsagents in clawing back commission incorrectly credited to newsagents. It’s a bit rich of the company to force a mistake two years in the making to expect newsagents to resolve it and pay Fairfax in one hit. Attempts by newsagents […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newspapers

Newsagents need to be wary on e-cigarettes

September 4th, 2014 · 2 Comments

E-cigraettes are being regularly pitched to newsagents so I thought I check in with the current situation regarding the regulation and sale of the products. The sale of nicotine containing e-cigarettes is banned in Australia which is kind of odd since nicotine contained cigarettes are still legal. While the sale of all e-cigarettes, including non-nicotine […]

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Tags: Ethics · Social responsibility · Tobacco sales

Fairfax prefers 7-Eleven over newsagents

September 1st, 2014 · 2 Comments

Further to my post about not being able to get The Age Good Food Guide to sell in my newsagency, Fairfax has been promoting that it’s in 7-Eleven outlets and newsagents. Thanks Fairfax. They go negotiate to get it into 7-Eleven but don’t even try and get it into better service focussed retail newsagents. This […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newspapers · Ugh!

Melbourne Airport is a rip off when it comes to parking

August 29th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Please excuse this off-topic rant. I parked at Melbourne Airport for 24 hours and five minutes and was charged for two days. Yes, that’s what the published fee schedule says and yes I knew it. That does’t make it fair. Their long term car park was full. It took ten minutes to find a park […]

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Tags: Ethics · Social responsibility

Yes, there is a magazine called Chicks Smashing Grunters

August 29th, 2014 · 22 Comments

Chicks Smashing Grunters is a new magazine title being distributed by IPS. Thankfully, we did not receive this title. I know one newsagent who received fifty copies yesterday. They think they will sell all if not most. Extraordinary. The title itself sounds wrong. Yes, we are not our customers. 8 likes

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · magazines · Social responsibility

Fairfax mistake costs newsagents

August 28th, 2014 · No Comments

Newsagents have received advice from Fairfax owned IPS that they have been incorrectly billing for Trader Tag magazine since August 2012, giving newsagents considerable more commission than should have been the case. Without consultation or consideration Fairfax clawed back the commission. The Fairfax handling of the matter has frustrated many newsagents and created difficulties for some. […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newsagency management · Newspapers

Tomorrow’s news today at Coles Express Goondiwindi

August 28th, 2014 · 15 Comments

Here is the display of magazines at Coles Express in Goondiwindi. The photo was taken yesterday morning. Some of the titles in the photo were due to go on sale today. The local newsagent received their stock early but did not put it out, respecting the contract. Coles, apparently, lives by a different set of […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazines · Ugh!

If you rip cash out of your newsagency…

August 25th, 2014 · 12 Comments

The ATO is targeting small businesses in a clamp down on the cash economy according to media reports over the weekend and today. Using a range of tools and benchmarks, the ATO plans to make the point that those ripping cash out undetected will be detected. In the 1990s newsagents were in target of the […]

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Tags: Ethics

Beware of paying for likes, friends and links

August 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

With more newsagents relying on Google, Facebook, Twitter and other search engine and social media platforms to drive traffic, there his a temptation to get attention, numbers and followers by paying a service to achieve this for you. My advice – don’t! Paid for eyeballs are of no benefit to your business. Paid for links […]

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Tags: Ethics · Social Media

Inside Out magazine still cheap at Coles

August 23rd, 2014 · 2 Comments

If every newsagents needed a reason to quit Inside Out magazine it is the continued discounting being run for the title at Coles. Given how Coles operates this has to be a publisher initiative. The Exclusive to Coles bookmark in each copy tells shoppers to not purchase the title elsewhere so why should we stock […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · magazines

Free marijuana

August 21st, 2014 · 8 Comments

I received this bag containing 8g of high-grade marijuana at my office yesterday. There was return address, no note, no Thank You card … just the bag of dope inside three carefully packed layers of sealed bags and inside a prepaid post bag. It was addressed to the office. With a street value of around $80.00 […]

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Tags: Ethics · Fun

How does the ACCC set its priorities?

August 20th, 2014 · 2 Comments

The ACCC chairman has been all over the media this week touting a victory over Maggie Beer and what the ACCC says is misleading labelling. I don’t see how any shopper considering purchasing Maggie Beer products could have been misled. The products are conceived and developed in Maggie Beer’s kitchen in the Barossa Valley. That […]

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

Newsagency magazine early returns survey results

August 12th, 2014 · No Comments

168 responses to my magazine rely returns survey provide a valuable  insight into newsagent thinking on early magazine returns. 167 of the 168 respondents undertake early returns. 100 say they return the day magazines come in and 67 say they early return before the end of the month but not the day they come in. […]

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

Why this small business owner does not support Joe Hockey’s federal budget

August 8th, 2014 · 24 Comments

Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey sounded pathetic earlier this week when he moaned about poor support from business for the government’s budget. Hockey has been reported as complaining that businesses and business groups need to support the budget more. I own several small businesses and I do not support the budget. Here’s why: The budget is […]

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Tags: Ethics · Social responsibility

Gotch magazine returns audit crackdown

August 5th, 2014 · 14 Comments

Newsagents have told me about a crackdown by magazine distributor Gordon and Gotch on magazine returns claims. They are cross-checking supply and sales data against returns claims and going back to newsagents where the data does not add up. While Gotch has spot checked returns for years, they now appear more attentive. Newsagents over claiming returns […]

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

The importance of checks and balances in your cash management processes

July 24th, 2014 · 2 Comments

I was talking with a retailer a couple of days ago about the theft from his business of more than $50,000 by a business partner. He was devastated that the long-term business partner would steal from their 50/50 owned business. The theft has challenged the future of the business as two long time family friends […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newsagency management · theft

Newsagents: beware any who claim they can get you a better lease deal

July 19th, 2014 · 1 Comment

I heard this week about a newsagent who relied on someone who claimed they could get a better lease deal and ended up paying more per square metre than a nearby competitor. The lease negotiator they used negotiated the lease for a couple of newsagencies that went broke on the back of what I’d saw […]

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Tags: Ethics · Management tip · moving shop · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · retail · retail leases · Retail tenancy · Social responsibility

It’s all about priorities I guess

July 16th, 2014 · 6 Comments

The Coalition parties made considerable noise about reining in the Coles and Woolworths prior to the election and I suspect this is, in part, what got small business supporting them. They have found time and money for projects such as $250M for chaplains in schools and the winding back of financial advice laws that were brought in […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management

Beware UKASH scam on a newsagent

July 11th, 2014 · No Comments

Another newsagent has been hit by a UKASH scam with someone calling the business claiming to represent what they called epay services. They were aggressive and demanding, telling the staff member to print two UKASH $300 vouchers. They knew the voucher serial numbers which is particularly disturbing and is being investigated by several parties right now. […]

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Tags: Ethics · theft

News Corp. pushes newspaper shoppers to supermarkets while ignoring newsagents

July 9th, 2014 · 5 Comments

News Corp. yesterday advised newsagents in Victoria of a deal with Ritchies supermarkets where Ritchies get a free Herald Sun if they spend more than $30 in Ritchies. It frustrates me that News Corp. does deals like this and others with supermarkets yet they ignore retail newsagents. Two years ago the company made considerable noise […]

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Tags: Ethics · Media disruption · Newsagency challenges · Newspaper distribution · Newspaper marketing · Newspapers · Social responsibility