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Entries Tagged as 'Magazine oversupply'

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

October 21st, 2014 · No 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 · 55 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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Tags: magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Newsagency challenges

Inviting magazine publishers to speak up about ignorant early return behaviour

August 28th, 2014 · 40 Comments

I had a discussion with Terry Thelwell of Lovatts at the NANA Newsagent of the Year Awards in Sydney last week about the poor behaviour of some newsagents in early returning magazines. Terry and I have discussed this often and the data Lovatts has of newsagents early returning to a point where they have considerably less on […]

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Newsagents infuriated by IPS supply of colouring books

August 23rd, 2014 · 25 Comments

Fairfax owned IPS has made a dreadful decision to scale out colouring books to newsagents. We can source similar quality colouring book products which will carry a 50% and more gross profit so there is no commercial sense for us to sell these titles on magazine margins. IPS management is not responding. They need to as […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Ugh!

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

Keeping magazine oversupply survey open

August 19th, 2014 · 4 Comments

I am keeping the survey for you to record details of magazine oversupply open for a while. List specific details, by title, details of recent oversupply experiences. Data needs to be  in a specific format with one line per title. Here’s he survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JCHT3H8 You can response more than once if you have more oversupply experiences. 0 […]

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Share your magazine oversupply evidence

August 18th, 2014 · No Comments

I have created a survey for you to record details of magazine oversupply. List specific details, by title, details of recent oversupply experiences. Data needs to be  in a specific format with one line per title. Here’s he survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JCHT3H8 You can response more than once if you have more oversupply experiences. 1 likes

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Record your magazine over-supply stories

August 17th, 2014 · No Comments

I have created a new one-question survey on magazine over supply. I’d like you to list specific details, by title, details of recent oversupply experiences. I am keen for the data to be in a specific format with one line per title. Here’s he survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JCHT3H8 0 likes

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New survey: magazine oversupply stories

August 16th, 2014 · No Comments

I have created a new one-question survey on magazine over supply. I’d like you to list specific details, by title, details of recent oversupply experiences. I am keen for the data to be in a specific format with one line per title. Here’s he survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JCHT3H8 I’ll publish all the results here next week. 1 […]

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What can magazine publishers and or magazine distributors do to stop newsagents early returning magazines?

August 14th, 2014 · 9 Comments

I asked this question as part of my early returns survey this past weekend. Here are all the responses – from survey participants, not me – to this question exactly as entered except for some spelling corrected. The sequence is that in which they were entered by newsagents with response #144 being the first. Magazine […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency opportunities · Newsagent representation

Delayed billing does not play in newsagent magazine early return decisions

August 13th, 2014 · 2 Comments

72.62% of newsagents participating in the early returns survey on the weekend have indicated that delayed billing does not impact early returns decisions. This will shock some magazine publishers. I know of publishers who have been encouraged to introduce delayed billing to reduce early returns. Are you listening publishers? I sincerely hope so. I created this […]

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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

Memo to Your Brides Guide publisher from a newsagent

August 8th, 2014 · 5 Comments

We received the Your Brides Guide yesterday for the first time and I’m ready to early return the lot. However, as it’s a full copy return and bulk, I am going to give it a couple of weeks before I freight it back to Network at my cost (which sucks!!). While the title comes with […]

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

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

Too many fitness magazines

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments

Both magazine distributors have been sending us more fitness titles – too many for us to display how we would like. This is another example of us being abused and of the distributors increasing our financial obligation without giving us control over this. It is frustrating. If Gotch and Bauer want us to be responsible […]

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