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Entries Tagged as 'Magazine oversupply'

Magazine distribution change opportunity draws blog traffic

January 31st, 2015 · No Comments

The opportunity for newsagents to have a say on a change to magazine distribution has driven a 30% increase in traffic to this blog since Thursday. Some the the 400 extra visitors a day will be checking in to see what newsagents think about the opportunity. I know from calls that plenty of publishers are […]

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Tags: Blogging · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management

Newsagents: have your say about a possible fresh approach to magazine distribution

January 29th, 2015 · 54 Comments

I have been talking with a senior magazine distribution executive on behalf of newsagents on a possible change to their model and write today to open the topic for discussion by newsagents. But first, here is one question for you: If you were given the control you want over magazines you receive, would you use it, […]

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What a waste of energy sending out this unwanted cookbook

January 28th, 2015 · No Comments

We early returned  Eating Well from Bauer Media as we have access to equally appealing cookbooks at 50% margin and more. The supply of the unwanted low-margin title is a good example of the waste in our channel. I suspect we are not alone in early returning the title. The cover price would have newsagents […]

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The first early magazine returns sweep of 2015

January 17th, 2015 · 27 Comments

With no reasonable or fair mechanism through which to manage magazine supply, early returns are a must to manage space use, inventory investment and cash-flow. Today, I’ve done the first sweep for 2015, in plenty of time for the returns to be processed with this month’s data. In addition to taking of all stock for […]

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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

Partworks in convenience stores

December 30th, 2014 · No Comments

I’m in Singapore and noticed partworks being sold in 7-Eleven. While this probably because there are no specialist magazine retailers here, it was a shock to see such a specialist title in a convenience store with only a small range of magazines. The placement tells me that the giant 7-Eleven corporation can specialise when necessary, […]

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Video: How magazine publishers and distributors make newsagents less competitive for magazines

December 23rd, 2014 · 9 Comments

Here’s a short video about the impact of magazine oversupply and why newsagents early return. It was shot in my newsagency on Thursday last week. If you work for a magazine publisher or distributor, please watch this video and learn more about the #1 issue that makes newsagents less competitive than they could be, the #1 issue […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · Newsagent representation

Magazine publishers abuse delayed billing and fail newsagents

December 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Modern Wedding is another magazine sent to newsagents to warehouse for an uneconomically viable on-sale period. It’s a thick title, we can only store two per pocket. In newsagencies without a back room, Modern Wedding takes up retail space that is costing as much as $9.00 per month per pocket to rent. Leaving Modern Wedding […]

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Tags: Magazine oversupply · magazines

Time Out Sydney in Melbourne

December 18th, 2014 · 19 Comments

We don’t have room for Time Out Sydney. had we been asked if we wanted the title ewe would have declined. Instead, we’ve brought it in, unpacked it, processed it and then returned it. As newsagents become more angry magazine publishers will see an increase in early returns. In case you are unsure about newsagent anger […]

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Extra early returns for Christmas

December 12th, 2014 · 1 Comment

I broke with tradition and did an additional sweep for early magazine returns yesterday, Thursday, because of space pressures as a result of unwarranted additional magazine supply and Christmas space pressures. Outside of our usual magazine returns and a reasonable first pass at early returns, this  photo shows the additional early returns I pulled out of […]

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Gordon & Gotch magazine fail #3

December 11th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Yep, the same newsagency as the last two, this time it’s TAN UNRESTRICTED. With no sales achieved from issue 54 through to issue 64, the Gotch magazine allocations experts have decided the newsagent needs to go from five copies to eight copies. This would be laughable if it was not so harmful to the business. […]

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Gordon & Gotch magazine fail #2

December 11th, 2014 · No Comments

Here’s a second example for the same newsagency of appalling behaviour by the Gotch magazine allocations experts. No sales of DANCE AUSTRALIA between April and November and Gotch increases supply. Appalling and unfair. Shame on Gotch. 4 likes

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Gordon & Gotch magazine fail #1

December 11th, 2014 · No Comments

Check out this screen shot from a newsagent showing supply of LOVE IT today. Zero sales for eight issues and the allocations experts at Gotch increase supply. This is disgusting. Shame on you Gotch. This is proof of you making this newsagency less competitive. 4 likes

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Too many Christmas food magazines

November 25th, 2014 · No Comments

We have too many publishers publishing Christmas-themed specials. Some are publishing two and more. While I understand that publishers see this as an opportunity to extend the reach of their brand, we retailers need space to do the titles justice. Our shelves are overflowing with Christmas themed titles. I doubt we will see a net increase […]

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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

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

Justified early returns

November 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

We had no space for the additional SKU from Bauer – Elle and Bazaar and so we early returned them. What’s unfair is that we have to send back the whole bag. What a waste of my money! I know newsagents who compensate by early returning other titles for ‘balance’. Asking me if I have […]

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Nic & Rocco reissue of damaged stock by Bauer wastes newsagent time and money

October 30th, 2014 · 12 Comments

Almost a year ago, Bauer Media issued Nic & Rocco Sweet Sensations. I blogged about it at the time. Today, they sent it out again. This time it’s stock that has been around the block. Many copies are damaged. What a waste of time and money! What an appalling and unfair treatment of newsagents. I consider […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Ugh!

Is it unethical to send more stock of a title a newsagent without justification?

October 22nd, 2014 · 4 Comments

Imagine the surprise of a newsagent this week when they received additional stock of Modern Wedding Styling magazine when they still had stock on the shelves from the August allocation. There is no sales history to indicate they will get through the initial allocation. So, the newsagent topped the supply this week and early returned […]

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Tags: Environment · Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Newsagency management · Ugh! · XchangeIT

Evidence Bauer Media sales based replenishment of magazines to newsagents is not based on sales data

October 22nd, 2014 · 4 Comments

Thank you for sending your sales data. Based on the information you have provided, we have raised an extra order on your behalf. This order will be delivered to you on the next available delivery day. Outlined below is a list of what the order will contain. This is the opening of an email this […]

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Tags: Competition · Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · Ugh! · XchangeIT

Magazine publishers who make supermarkets more appealing than newsagents risk the future of our channel

October 21st, 2014 · 33 Comments

For years there have been differences between how suppliers who supply newsagents and supermarkets with the same products treat these competing retail channels. While newsagents have complained, they have done nothing about it. I think we are approaching a time when we will need to act. The challenges now are about much more than better […]

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Tags: Competition · Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · newsagency of the future · supplier arrogance · Ugh!

Network fixed journal delayed billing error

October 13th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Network Services late this afternoon issues an email to newsagents advising that the journals distributed today from Universal magazines are , indeed, delay billed. While this is welcome news I suspect some newsagents will have processed returns already – because of lack of advice from Network and because they don’t need journals at sub-par margin. […]

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Newsagents frustrated at journal supply

October 13th, 2014 · 1 Comment

I’ve heard from several newsagents about the Paper Pocket branded journals received today from Network Services.  These are from Universal Magazines. They are part of the calendar offer newsagents were given the opportunity to opt out of. Billing is delayed. While they are 33% margin, that’s short of where they need to be to be […]

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Tags: Calendars · Diaries · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management

It’s a mystery

October 13th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Network Services sent us a new product: Bungees. Mystery Pack it says.  Well, it’s a mystery to us why they would send us this item. No thanks. 25% if an offensively low GP for a toy item. It makes us less competitive when suppliers send us unrequested product that it not appropriate to our business model. 5 […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Newsagency management · supplier arogance · Ugh!