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Entries Tagged as 'Lotteries'

The growing reach of the lotteries campaign and its impact on the newsagency business narrative

March 3rd, 2015 · 13 Comments

Click on the image and read a Facebook Post from Occupy Sydney about newsagents and what is happening with lotteries. Their 3,322 Facebook friends received this post in their timeline while their 11,600 Twitter followers received a link to this in their timeline. Besides the inaccuracy of what they have written, I do not want […]

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Tags: Lotteries · Newsagency management

One newsagent’s plea on lotteries and supermarkets

March 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

Here’s a letter published in The Land from newsagent Rod King at Bingara, making his case on supermarkets and lotteries. I’m glad Rod wrote the letter and that The Land published it for the argument it makes about excessing supermarket power in Australia. The reach of Coles and Woolworths is, as I understand it, greater than most […]

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Tags: Lotteries · Newsagent representation

Credit Suisse report on Tatts Group – prospects stable

February 27th, 2015 · No Comments

Credit Suisse has released their latest analysis of Tatts Group as part of their regular research on public companies. This report is a must-read for all newsagents with lottery products. On page four is this commentary: Margins continue to expand with internet sales growing about 170bps vs. pcp as a proportion of total turnover (now […]

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NSW Government / Tatts Group sign MOU – risks newsagents thinking it’s business as usual when it’s not

January 29th, 2015 · 35 Comments

The NSW State Government and the Tatts Group have announced today the signing of an MOU in relation to distribution of lottery products for the next few years. As the SMH reports, the key points are between now and early 2018: No major supermarkets to sell lottery products. Fuel outlet expansion to proceed is Tatts chooses. […]

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Tags: Lotteries · Newsagency management · newsagency of the future

Unhelpful commentary from Michael Pascoe on newsagents

January 22nd, 2015 · 1 Comment

Fairfax published a comment piece today by Michael Pascoe, BusinessDay Contributing Editor, about the decision being faced by the NSW government on where Tatts lottery products can be sold and the lobbying by NSW newsagents for continued protection. While I agree with some of what Pascoe writes on this topic, his commentary is ignorant in some areas. For example: […]

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

Newsagents will close unless… stories unhelpful

January 22nd, 2015 · 9 Comments

The stories in media outlets this week that newsagents will close unless they are protected on the matter of lottery ticket sales are unhelpful in my view. Research by journalists would reveal that in states where there is no such protection newsagencies not have closed as a result. research would also indicate that there are many […]

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Tags: Lotteries · Newsagent representation

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

The Tatts App could challenge traffic to newsagencies

January 7th, 2015 · No Comments

More products and services people used to visit newsagencies for or to purchase are now available on mobile phones and other devices, potentially reducing the traffic into our stores. Newsagents need to be aware as core traffic is migrating but at a pace that it is barely noticed. Using the Tatts app I can now […]

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Tags: Lotteries · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management

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

Tatts reps are wrong to use newsagency closures as an excuse for expanding retail channels

December 13th, 2014 · 10 Comments

A newsagent recently told me what their Tatts rep said when challenged by the newsagent about Tatts moving into other retail channels: with so many newsagencies closing we have no choice. Newsagents who hear this need to not let whoever says it get away with it. Ask for evidence. Ask for a list of newsagencies that have […]

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Low cost Tatts fit at On The Run in South Australia

December 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Here’s the Tatts (SA Lotteries)  fit at an On The Run outlet in Adelaide. On The Run is a statewide convenience operator selling fuel, food, toys, cards, some gifts, magazines and Tatts products. This is a small footprint counter deep in the store, on the back wall. I’d heard about the small footprint approach they […]

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Newsagents not the only ones affected on Tatts branding requirements

December 3rd, 2014 · 1 Comment

Missed a story last week about Tatts introducing a single national branding strategy for its wagering outlets. Mumbrella has the details. 3 likes

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Tags: Lotteries

NSW Lotteries writes to newsagents

November 28th, 2014 · 7 Comments

Click here to see the letter NSW Lotteries (Tatts) send newsagents. It includes this paragraph relating to product distribution: Distribution of lottery products  In terms of concerns about product distribution via supermarkets, Tatts Lotteries has been consistently open and transparent about the fact that a trial commenced in July 2013 selling lotto products in selected convenience […]

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Coverage of the Tatts / Coles story

November 21st, 2014 · 8 Comments

There have been plenty of stories this week about looming sunset of the five year moratorium that protects lottery agents in NSW. Much has been written about the fear of Coles and Woolworths getting lottery products. Here are some of the stories: Click here to hear Ray Hadley on Radio 2UE yesterday. Click here for a […]

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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

News Corp. opens its Victorian election campaign with a incomplete attack about Intralot

October 25th, 2014 · 3 Comments

While the Victorian Labor Government screwed up the introduction of Intralot in 2007, they are not to blame for the $63M loss by Intralot in my view. The blame for the loss rests with Intralot for poor management, Tatts for their sales counter land grab and several independent authorities that permitted small business newsagents to […]

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Tags: Ethics · Lotteries · Social responsibility

Credit Suisse on Tatts

August 28th, 2014 · No Comments

Click here to read research issued August 21 into Tatts Group. Of most interest to newsagents will be the continued push by Tatts for lotteries sales online (page 3). Credit Suisse expects the online penetration to reach 15% by FY18. There is also the comment about a new Tatts website launch next year that is expected […]

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OzLotteries promoting Powerball $50M

August 12th, 2014 · No Comments

OzLotteries is actively promoting the Powerball $50 million jackpot with emails to people on their database. I’m on their database and don’t recall other recent emails from them as the Powerball jackpots grew. I wonder if a $50M jackpot is the trigger for their marketing to kick in. 1 likes

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Inexpensive NZ lottery corporate image requirements for retailers

July 28th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Click on the image to see in detail what NZ lottery retailers are required to install in terms of a fit out and external marketing. Externally, there is stick on signage and inside, there is inexpensive signage at the sales locations. One retailer I spoke with today said they spent less than $3.000 on their […]

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Concerns at moves by Tatts to reduce lottery terminals in some outlets

July 10th, 2014 · 18 Comments

Tatts has contacted some agents advising that they will take back a terminal. This advice has come as a shock and raises questions about the future of over the counter lottery sales in small business newsagencies – in the light of the Tatts online push and their apparent commitment to roll the Coles Express trial […]

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Tags: Lotteries · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management

The Tatts barrier to selling your newsagency

July 7th, 2014 · 11 Comments

If you have tatts in your business and are planning to sell you will need to factor in time for tatts to go through their processes. Not only do they take time to vet and approve applicants, there is the real risk that they could say no. It surprises me when I hear of Tatts […]

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Tags: Ethics · Lotteries · Newsagency challenges

Fewer lottery jackpots feeding a decline in sales

June 24th, 2014 · 5 Comments

In the first half of 2013 there were 23 lottery jackpots with a first division pool of $15 million or above. In the first half of this year that number dropped to 19. Newsagents looking to understand why lottery sales this year compared to last may be flat or down should look at the impact […]

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Tatts promotes online purchases with competition

June 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Tatts is running a competition that seeks to educate customers about purchasing entries online. Their $1,000 Play Money competition pouts you in the running if you purchase or renew your Tatts card, buy a ticket – and you’re in the running. The website seems to indicate that the buying of the ticket is done online – […]

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Lotterywest helps its retailers improve their businesses

June 19th, 2014 · 9 Comments

I was fortunate last night to experience first-hand the help Lotterywest provides to its retail partners. In their Perth head office last night, Lotterywest hosted a workshop on newsagency management for a small group of their retailers. This session covered loss prevention, supplier management, newsagency management and a range of other topics. It was 100% […]

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