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Entries Tagged as 'Lotteries'

Lotterywest leads Tatts on community engagement

April 29th, 2016 · No Comments

Check out Lotterywest on Twitter and compare their engagement to Golden Casket and NSW Lotteries – two of the Tatts Group brands on Twitter – and you see different engagement. Whereas the Tatts brands promote their products, Lotterywest promotes products but with a strong community connection. The difference starts with the Lotterywest tagline: You play. […]

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Comms from Tatts to agents on scratch ticket processes

April 26th, 2016 · No Comments

So newsagents in other states can be in-the-loop, here is a copy of comms from tatts to agents in QLD last week about call traffic to their call centre on issues around the scratch ticket process changes. 6 likes

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More on the Tatts Digipos screens

April 26th, 2016 · 1 Comment

In response to queries from some here and on the phone, courtesy of an eastern seaboard newsagent, here are some images from tatts about the screens and their use. 2 likes

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What do you think of the Tatts incentive to try and drive engagement of the digital screens?

April 26th, 2016 · 75 Comments

Tatts reps last week emailed retailers with this incentive to try and drive engagement of the mandatory digital signage screens. They are giving away 30 $1,000 incentive packages. This makes me wonder about the margin being made by the digital screen companies and by Tatts. Tatts has blessed two suppliers of the screens. If I […]

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Tags: Lotteries · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management

Why does Tatts ‘fine’ a small business newsagent for using counter space for other products while allowing On The Run to get away with it?

April 23rd, 2016 · 14 Comments

This post is about what appears, in my opinion, to be a double standard of Tatts in its dealing with small business newsagents compared to the giant On The Run convenience group in South Australia. This post is also about business ethics, social responsibility, support for small business and, fairness. Whereas On The Run stores can […]

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Tags: Ethics · Lotteries · Social responsibility · supplier arrogance

News Corp. and Tatts in joint promotion

April 15th, 2016 · 8 Comments

I have heard from newsagents in the last hour and a half about a joint promotion announced by Tatts today. The responses I have received from newsagents so far include: groan, really?, ugh, what will they think of next? and, groan (again): There is some very exciting ‘news just in’ for Set for Life, not only did […]

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Newsagents need to look at the growth of On The Run in South Australia when contemplating dual standards of Tatts Group

April 8th, 2016 · 17 Comments

On The Run, owned by Peregrine Corporation, is a chain of convenience stores operating 24/7 across South Australia. The On The Run (OTR is how they refer to themselves) network is growing. In an OTR store you will find all the usual convenience lines plus plenty more. The stores are modern, clean, well-laid out – best-practice […]

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Tags: Lotteries · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · newsagency of the future · Newsagent representation

Tatts outages frustrating newsagents

April 5th, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Tatts retail network is down in Queensland, Victoria (and elsewhere?) right now and retailers are frustrated at a second day in a row of technical challenges. While the retail network is down, online and mobile sales continue unhindered. 10 likes

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Are you frustrated with the Tatts handling of instant scratch ticket scanning?

April 2nd, 2016 · 97 Comments

I have been asked by several newsagents to raise here their frustration with processes implemented by Tatts for handling the scanning if instant scratch tickets. When you scan the first and last tickets of a book it presents problems when people scan a free ticket I’m told. My understanding is the changes will result in apparently […]

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Tatts and WA wagering

March 18th, 2016 · 5 Comments

WA newsagents and others may be interested in analysis released yesterday about speculation on the value of WA wagering should it be put up for sale. 0 likes

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Good to see Tatts promoting retailers rather than online

March 15th, 2016 · No Comments

This large screen promotion of Saturday’s $21 million superdraw sits above a newsagency kiosk in a Sydney CBD centre. 7 likes

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Lotterywest launches retailer development workshops

March 5th, 2016 · No Comments

I like this retailer training initiative from Lotterywest. The only enhancement I’d like to see is for the training to be available online – but still live to facilitate lower cost engagement.  Here is their announcement Last week we made an exciting announcement to our retailers in our weekly e-newsletter InTouch, about the launch of […]

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Credit Suisse update on Tatts

March 3rd, 2016 · No Comments

Credit Suisse has this morning issues an update on Tatts Group that newsagents may find interesting. Tatts was unsuccessful in retaining its A$540mn pokies licence refund after the High Court upheld the Victorian Government appeal. Tatts must also pay 20 months of accrued interest and legal costs which we estimate to be A$50mn. I wonder […]

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Credit Suisse on the latest Tatts results

February 19th, 2016 · 12 Comments

I am garteful to Credit Suisse for sharing analysis of the latest Tatts results. I encourage newsagents to read the full report. here are a couple of highlights that I think are of particular interest to the newsagency channel. Tatts also has a number of other initiatives to stimulate growth in 2H16, including new website and […]

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Tags: Lotteries · Newsagency challenges

There are some nutters out there

February 3rd, 2016 · 2 Comments

I feel for Allan and Stella Wickham, the owners of newsXpress Eli Waters, the business where the winning ticket in the $70M Powerball jackpot was purchased. I feel for them because they are attracting nutters from around the country, people approaching them because they think they got a great payout as a percentage of the […]

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Talking with US lottery retailers during Powerball jackpot frenzy

January 14th, 2016 · 2 Comments

I have spoken with several lottery retailers in Chicago over the last two days about the Powerball jackpot. With outlets on almost every street in downtown purchasing is easy – they are not experiencing the long lines of a massive Australian jackpot. That said, I know in other cities the situation is different. Traffic is […]

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Lottery compliance

January 12th, 2016 · 3 Comments

This photo shows the display of instant scratch tickets at a 7 Eleven in Chicago. It is representative of the various counters I saw today. I am told they are under no pressure on keeping the space clear. Also, the lottery terminal is not placed next to these tickets. 5 likes

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How Tatts treats small business retailers

January 12th, 2016 · 10 Comments

Check out this communication from Tatts to newsagent retailers: Dear Retailer Please be advised that Tatts Lotteries have outsourced the Responsible Play Audit and Retail Standards Reviews that were previously the responsibility of the Retail Territory Manager.  These survey audits are now conducted by an external company, Market Pulse, and are being rolled out across […]

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Tags: Leadership · Lotteries · Newsagent representation

US Powerball jackpot $800M

January 9th, 2016 · 12 Comments

Powerball in the US has jackpotted to $800M for the draw Saturday night (US time). Imagine how retail traffic would be in that situation. 7 likes

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newsXpress Eli Waters sells $70M Powerball winning ticket

January 8th, 2016 · 16 Comments

Congratulations to the team at newsXpress Eli Waters in Hervey Bay, Queensland, for selling the sole winning ticket in the $70M Powerball jackpot last night. this is a good win for a business that represents best-practice transition. while respecting traditional products and services, the business is kicking terrific goals in new product categories and attracting […]

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What did the Powerball jackpot mean for you?

January 8th, 2016 · 2 Comments

Beyond the sale of Powerball tickets, what did the jackpot mean for you? Did the sales of any other products increase? If so, what? I think it is important for newsagents with lotteries to know for sure the broader impact of lotteries so they can do more of what works next time and less of […]

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Tags: Lotteries · Newsagency management

Small business newsagents can get angry or be smart about OzLotteries and Tatts

January 7th, 2016 · No Comments

I appreciate some are frustrated by the promotion of the Powerball jackpot online by tatts and OzLotteries.  This photo is another ad that came up in my facebook feed this morning. Sure, OzLotteries has a divveret cost model to newsagents and none of the compliance challenges that are expensive to newsagents. But I want you […]

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Tags: Leadership · Lotteries · Newsagency management · newsagency of the future

Is the Tatts percentage of sales fee fair on retailers?

January 6th, 2016 · 20 Comments

Tatts retailers are charged a percentage of sales by Tatts, imposing a cost of sales that fluctuates with sales revenue. The fee is like a penalty for success – the more you sell the higher the fee you pay. yet there has been no extra cost for Tatts. Last week, a newsagent colleague doubled Tatts […]

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OzLotteries promoting online purchase of Powerball

January 6th, 2016 · 2 Comments

Here is a reminder why newsagents need to be careful about capital investment in lottery products. OzLotteries promotes hard, especially large jackpots. Buying form them is fast, easy and queue-less. 5 likes

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How has the $30M Lotto jackpot gone?

January 2nd, 2016 · 12 Comments

A newsagent colleague called and asked me to open a post here this afternoon inviting comments from newsagents with lotto on the success or otherwise of the $30M jackpot for tonight’s draw. 4 likes

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