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Entries Tagged as 'Magazine oversupply'

Time Out Sydney in Melbourne

December 18th, 2014 · 4 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!

How newsagents can act on calendar supply by magazine distributors

October 7th, 2014 · No Comments

As promised a few days ago, here are my thoughts on how newsagents can act on the supply of calendars by magazine distributors where we have little or no control on supply and where margins are considerably lower than what we can achieve ourselves through direct relationships. If you have been supplied calendars that you […]

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

A single drop of long on-sale magazine titles not appreciated by newsagents

October 3rd, 2014 · 4 Comments

With more and more newsagents reducing space allocated to magazines newsagencies are no longer geared to warehouse stock sent to last through a long on-sale. Whereas in the past holding bundles of stock for three months was acceptable, today it is not. Technology should be used to apply product based on sales through the on-sale. Publishers […]

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Were you overloaded with magazines and calendars today?

October 2nd, 2014 · 56 Comments

I’ve received emails from several newsagents angry as the volume of magazines and calendars delivered today. I thought I’d open this post for feedback from anyone who wants to identify supply they consider to be unreasonable. 14 likes

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Expensive magazine partworks returns

September 30th, 2014 · 8 Comments

Several newsagents have contacted me about the freight costs in sending boxed of unsold part 1 of new partworks back to the distributors. My experience is that distributors will cover this if you contact them and explain that the allocation of oversupply is their responsibility. If the supply model was more accurate such wastage could […]

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Overloaded with The Block magazine

September 29th, 2014 · 2 Comments

We have been sent three times more copies of The Block magazine than we sold last year. That doesn’t make sense to me. This is a perfect title to be supplied using the Bauer Media Sales Based Replenishment program and not using newsagencies as warehouses. I decided to early return stock at the weekend and reduce […]

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A good example of poor title allocations

September 12th, 2014 · 2 Comments

We often sold out of the 3 copies of the telegraph we received from network Services so they increased us to 7. I;d have thought 5 was okay but not 7. A review of our history shows volatility. It does not make sense for them to more than double supply. It makes me wonder if […]

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Newsagents respond to survey on magazine oversupply

September 4th, 2014 · No Comments

I recently asked newsagents to provide specific examples of what they consider to be magazine oversupply.  Here’s what I asked for: Please list details of what you consider to be magazine oversupply: Title name, most recent supply, average net sales. Please use a separate line of text for each title. This data will be published […]

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Where are the magazine publishers?

August 29th, 2014 · 2 Comments

I published a post yesterday inviting magazine publishers to speak with newsagents here about damaging early returns. It would be good to see more publishers join in – or are early returns not an issue? 5 likes

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