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Entries Tagged as 'Magazine oversupply'

Will the Netflix of magazines challenge print

April 20th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Magzter is a new digital magazine newsstand. For A$9.99 a month you have unlimited access to digital editions of more than 2,500 magazine titles, their back issues, notifications of new content and access on all devices. You can sign up for a year for A$99.99 and it only costs A$8.33 a month. There is a lite […]

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Dealing with oversupply of Modern Wedding magazine

April 16th, 2015 · 1 Comment

I wrote to Modern Wedding magazine three days ago about the unjustified oversupply of Modern Wedding Cakes & Styling to a newsagent as I wrote about here. I am yet to receive a response. As with the publisher of Scoop and my similar complaint to them about the same issue, I have not received a […]

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Confronting the Scoop oversupply issue

April 13th, 2015 · No Comments

Over the weekend I emailed several contact points at Scoop about their oversupply as I wrote about here last week. The email speaks for itself. I wrote it because I’m of the view we need to hold publishers account for the oversupply we are hit with given that magazine distributors have done little to address […]

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Magazine distributor IPS completes today’s trifecta of magazine oversupply of small business newsagents

April 13th, 2015 · 13 Comments

A newsagent contacted me this morning to advice IPS, the Fairfax owned magazine distributor, has supplied 92 copies of Wild Boar magazine in response to sales data showing net average sales of 39 copies. This oversupply will cost the newsagent time, labour and cash. it will cost the publisher service fees – as the distributor […]

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Is this behaviour by magazine distributor Bauer Media’s Network Services unethical?

April 13th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Check out the supply and return data for Modern Wedding Cakes & Styling for a newsagent who contacted me yesterday. They received 3 copies of edition #17 on 21/7/2014. They didn’t sell any. On 12/1/2015, Bauer sent them another two copies. They have still not sold any. Today, they receive two more copies. Newsagents are […]

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Magazine distributor Gordon & Gotch fails newsagents with Valentine’s Day title

April 13th, 2015 · No Comments

Gordon and Gotch is today (Monday) distributing Good Things Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day was six weeks ago. There is no sense in supplying this title now and doing so makes newsagents less competitive. It will cost those who receive it time, space, eight and cash. Gotch would still be able to scale out this title to […]

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Newsagents: check if you have been oversupplied Scoop too

April 10th, 2015 · 6 Comments

Check out this oversupply of Scoop magazine by Network Services yesterday. This newsagent received two copies on November 6 last year and has not sold any. The allocations experts at Network decided to send another copy. What a waste! This oversupply makes the small business newsagent less competitive. There is no evidence to suggest this […]

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Early returning Cosmopolitan Bride

April 9th, 2015 · No Comments

With a sell through of 30% and less, Cosmopolitan Bride is a challenged title for us in the crowded wedding space. The challenge would be okay if supply was cut by 50%. Since this is not happening, we have taken to early returning early in the on-sale to manage space and cash. I cannot understand […]

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How would this title from Network Services be handled by the proposed new magazine rules?

April 4th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Unless I am missing something, this behaviour by Network Services would be permitted under the magazine supply rules the MPA has developed and the ANF endorsed: this magazine, SpongeBob and his Buddies, which failed at one newsagency in April 2014, has been sent to another newsagency. Unless it is a redistribution to the newsagency receiving it now, […]

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Has the ANF misunderstood the MPA magazine supply trial?

April 3rd, 2015 · 49 Comments

Yesterday, the ANF sent an email to newsagents lauding the MPA magazine supply trial which many here consider to not be in our interests. The email from the ANF includes this: Some newsagents appear to have a single focus on the right to early return. If you are able to manage your supply and are […]

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Submissions to the ACCC on the proposed magazine supply trial

April 1st, 2015 · 1 Comment

Click here to see responses to the magazine supply trial the ACCC proposes to authorise. The list is not quite up to date. Click here for the newsXpress submission. Click here for the Tower Systems submission. Others are welcome to publish their submissions here too. 5 likes

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Newsagents given the ability to compete on magazines

April 1st, 2015 · 14 Comments

Australian small business newsagents will rejoice today on the news of a new magazine supply model to start immediately. Newsagents control the titles they receive. Newsagents control the volume of each issue they receive. Magazine distributors to suggest range and volume which newsagents can accept or reject. Newsagents, publishers and distributors agree on a benchmark returns percentage. All returns […]

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Here’s why the MPA magazine trial fails

March 31st, 2015 · No Comments

I took this photo yesterday in a regional town at the entrance to a national brand convenience store. They can fit close to 70 titles in their magazine fixture. If you look at the top 70 titles in Australia they would account for probably more than half of all magazine sales. This c-store could, with […]

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Newsagents responding to the ACCC trial

March 31st, 2015 · 5 Comments

Click here to see responses from newsagents to the magazine supply trial the ACCC proposes to authorise. 8 likes

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ACCC submission in relation to newsagency magazine supply trial

March 30th, 2015 · 23 Comments

The ACCC has proposed to authorise Magazine Publishers Australia to conduct a trial of an alternative magazine supply model. As I wrote here in November, I think the proposed code of conduct changes are ill conceived and will not address the unfairness for newsagents compared to others with whom we compete. Earlier this month I encouraged newsagents to […]

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Another day in the newsagency and more examples of magazine oversupply

March 13th, 2015 · 1 Comment

It is tiresome writing posts to document the appalling behaviour of a magazine distributor for knowingly oversupplying a magazine at a level which is unjustified in the sales data the distributor has. A check of our sales of Farms & Farm Machinery indicates what we should get one copy of this title yet network sends us three. They’d say […]

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Newsagent specialist in National Geographic titles

March 12th, 2015 · No Comments

In a newsagency in Sydney yesterday I saw an amazing range of National Geographic titles on display – I;ve never seen so many in one place before. I was told they are popular gifts for people visiting the local hospital. The display was a reminder of the extraordinary diversity in our channel as I’d be […]

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Why the proposed magazine code of conduct is unfair for newsagents

March 3rd, 2015 · 5 Comments

With participating magazine publishers and distributors getting closer to trialling their proposed code of conduct, I am publishing here today what I publisherd here in November last year as I think the code of conduct is unfair on newsagents. I’ve made it clear I do not want to be part of a trial under this code […]

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Shock horror – Gordon & Gotch increases supply to a newsagent without justification

February 26th, 2015 · 14 Comments

Another day and more reports from newsagents of magazine distributors sending additional titles which are NOT selling out. Take a look at this example for Koori Mail – sent to me by a colleague. In the data you can see this newsagent has for all but one issue been experiencing 0% sell through yet the […]

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The high cost of thick magazines for the newsagency

February 23rd, 2015 · 5 Comments

The current of AWW has a think Priceline catalogue stuck on the back – meaning we fit fewer into a pocket. In the fixture photographed we can fit five copies while for BHG we can fit ten. Considering the cost of space, the time spent managing thicker titles and the sales of BHG and AWW, […]

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Long on-sale magazines under the spotlight

February 21st, 2015 · 7 Comments

Long on-sale magazines – any title on-sale for more than 30 days – are under more attention as newsagents seek to reduce magazine related costs. Take the titles from United Media, they have a long on-sale, a cover price that is not keeping with CPI and a scale out model that treats us as warehouses with […]

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Network Services sends newsagents unsaleable magazine junk

February 17th, 2015 · 3 Comments

This photo shows part of the cover of a magazine received in a newsagency yesterday, sent by Network Services. Click on the image and look at the detail. That gunk on the cover is from stickers placed on these titles when they were on sale in other newsagencies. As the angry newsagent who tole me […]

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Why the Happiness? issue of Psychology Today magazine makes me unhappy

February 17th, 2015 · No Comments

The usual supply of Psychology Today magazine for our newsagency was doubled for the Happiness? issue which went on sale yesterday. This 100% increase in supply is despite us rarely selling all the story we are usually supplied. The irony is extraordinary. How can I be happy about such an unwarranted oversupply. It wasted our […]

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Is this why magazine distributors are pushing to stop newsagents labelling magazines?

February 10th, 2015 · 10 Comments

There is discontent in magazine distribution and publishing businesses about the push by the distributor-controlled XchangeIT to promote the elimination of labels on magazines in newsagencies. I am told that promoters of the plan in a distribution business see it as a means for reducing newsagent early returns. It would appear push has nothing to do […]

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Here’s another magazine I wish I could cut from my newsagency

February 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

Franchising is another magazine I wish I could cut. If I’m lucky I sell one copy but that is rare. This infrequent sale has not been enough to get Network Services to reduce my supply to one or even to cut it altogether in favour of a more successful title. The performance of Franchising reinforces why […]

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