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Entries Tagged as 'Magazine oversupply'

Sure it’s only by a couple of copies but here is evidence of Zoo being oversupplied

July 28th, 2014 · 5 Comments

Click on the image the see the screen shot showing the data Bauer has relied on to set our supply of Zoo Weekly. Look particularly at issues 28 through 33. Without justification our supply was increased. While it’s only an extra copy, Bauer is hard on newsagents who are only a day late paying their bill. […]

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Newsagents need control over expensive AWW cookbooks

July 12th, 2014 · 1 Comment

While the publisher of Good Chef Bad Chef let newsagents control supply of the popular cookbook, Bauer send another expensive title this week without newsagent engagement. I’d have said no thanks to the $29.95 cookbook – The BEST-EVER Collection. Instead, it’s been sent out only to have us not put it on the shelves due […]

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APC magazine overloaded

July 7th, 2014 · No Comments

APC has a consistent sell through for us of under 50%. It’s now on my early return watch list given the failure of the allocation processes. Bauer has our accurate data yet they allocate ignoring this. Check your supply. Anything less than a 70% sell through and you’re probably losing money. 4 likes

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Too many copies of restored Cars

June 28th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Our supply of Retsored Cars Australia was increased without any justification in the sales data. While I like this Aussie magazine and want to support them, the publisher needs to ensure newsagents do not face an increase in supply without any justification in the sales data. Ugh! 2 likes

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Network overloads PlayStation Australia magazine

June 27th, 2014 · 3 Comments

We can’t work out why Network Services would increase our supply of PlayStation Australia when we have not been selling out. There is nothing in this issue to justify the increase. All we can put it down to is that Network has spare stock they need to send out in order to charge the publisher distribution […]

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Asiana wedding?

June 11th, 2014 · 1 Comment

I’m not sure what data Network Services has to justify sending us Asiana Wedding. It’s a new title for us and to fit in with wedding magazines we have to take a pocket away from another title. Landlords fine retailers who take more than their allocated space. Maybe we should fine magazine distributors who do […]

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Bauer Media increases Yours supply without justification

June 2nd, 2014 · 10 Comments

Our supply of Yours was increased by close to 20% by the Bauer Media allocations team without any justification in our sales data. With a consistent (except for one issue) sell-through of between 40% and 50% there is no reason for any increase in supply. This is gross oversupply by Bauer. I’d love to know if other […]

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Aussie newsagents are not the only ones oversupplied with magazines

May 30th, 2014 · 2 Comments

A colleague newsagent from Ireland shared this story and photo, demonstrating that the magazine distribution challenges that frustrate us here in Australia frustrate newsagents on the other side of the world: The World Cup is fast approaching and we are inundated with various World Cup titles trying to cash in. When going through my magazine […]

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Oversupply of Franchising magazine has to be a mistake Network Services

March 28th, 2014 · 15 Comments

I feel for the newsagent who had their supply of Franchising magazine bumped from one copy an issue to eleven copies of the latest issue – on the back of zero sales for each of the last eight issues. Click on the image to see for yourself. I’m sure that this bump from one copy […]

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Has Gotch increased magazine supply to your newsagency today?

February 10th, 2014 · No Comments

I’ve received a couple of reports today from newsagents saying that Gotch increased supply of a range of titles by 1 or 2 copies each without any justification in the sales data. Anyone else experience this today specifically? 10 likes

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Early-returning AWW Low Fat Family Food title

February 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

We early-returned AWW Low fat family food because we’re satisfied with our range of food magazines and are concerned at the $29.95 price point. We have plenty of low-cost cookbooks on which we make 45% and more. This title is a good example of a product for which our gross profit should be significantly more than […]

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The five day training course for newsagents quietly slips away

January 31st, 2014 · 27 Comments

Ten years ago the then federal Minister for Small Business Joe Hockey launched the magazine distributor and newspaper publisher mandated new newsagency training program at the offices of the ANF in Sydney. I was at the launch and supported the introduction of the training. The goal of the five-day training program was to ensure that […]

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Bauer continues to oversupply Elle

January 27th, 2014 · 12 Comments

The allocations experts at Bauer have increased our supply of Elle Australia on the back of a sell through of less than 50%. Five issues in and this magazine is loss making for us and, I suspect, many newsagents. We have promoted the title, given is excellent positioning, co-located a couple of issues and ensured […]

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Another new title from Bauer challenges space

January 6th, 2014 · 2 Comments

With a full allocation of pockets in the weekly & TV magazine sections of the magazine department, Bauer is challenging newsagents with launch of TV Week Soap Extra. In addition to making space we’re dealing with too much stock. This is a title they could have used sales based replenishment for rather than using newsagencies […]

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Dealing with the breach of privacy by magazine distributor Gordon and Gotch

December 30th, 2013 · 20 Comments

Further to my post Friday about the breach of privacy by Gordon and Gotch with their publishing of email addresses of many newsagents they claim to be delinquent in paying accounts, The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner offers newsagents an entry point for complaining about the breach and requesting it be investigated. In the states […]

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Shock as Network Services is guilty of magazine oversupply again!

December 24th, 2013 · 4 Comments

V8X Supercar magazine failed the last time we had it in 2011. Network Services responded to the failure supplying the title to us recently as a volume three times the failed 2011 supply. This scale out by Network doesn’t many any sense. The Bauer controlled Network expects newsagents to pay their accounts on time yet […]

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Gross oversupply of Money magazine

December 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

Some allocations genius in Bauer Media decided we needed triple our usual supply of Money magazine. On recent sales I’d have accepted a 25% or even 50% increase but not 300%. This is gross oversupply.  I early returned a third of the stock on the weekend.   3 likes

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No choice but to early return Dolly

December 16th, 2013 · 3 Comments

Our supply of Dolly was increased significantly even though previous issues were not coming close to selling out. While I would not usually early return such a major title I had no choice given the gross oversupply and no storage space for such a thick issue where we can fit only one copy per pocket. […]

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Network lacks accountability when scaling out new titles

December 10th, 2013 · 3 Comments

We received three new titles from Network Services yesterday. We didn’t order them and this is frustrating. While we might have ordered one, we would not have ordered the other two. Network Services demands accountability from newsagents in terms of paying their account on time yet the company refuses to accept accountability for its actions […]

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Is the supply of Christmas cards by magazine distributor Gordon and Gotch outside the terms of their contract with newsagents?

November 21st, 2013 · 4 Comments

The contract between Gordon and Gotch and each individual newsagency business covers the supply of publications. On the second page of the agreement is a definition: publications means: The publications distributed by Gordon and Gotch on behalf of Australian and overseas publishers. Any other kinds of publications or products distributed by Gordon and Gotch to […]

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Another failed discount magazine pack

November 17th, 2013 · 1 Comment

We’ve lost money on the discount pack of NW and Shop Til You Drop. The GP from the copy sold has not paid for the space. I wish we could permanently stop supply of these discount magazine packs. Instead, we’re forced to lose money. 2 likes

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Bauer makes us fat with too many copies of cheesecake cookbook

November 8th, 2013 · 6 Comments

We received twenty-three (yes, 23!) copies of the Cheesecakes mini cookbook from Bauer yesterday. Under ACP we used to get ten and ended up returning five or six. Bauer takes over and now we get twenty-three. This is ridiculous, a waste of time, space and cash. Maybe this over-allocation is a result of less human […]

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Gotch takes on Network’s magazine junk?

November 8th, 2013 · 11 Comments

The Mega Trading Card Collector Pack units that did not sell when distributed through Network Services have made their way to some newsagencies through Gotch. They – the publisher? the distributor? – didn;t even have the courtesy to remove the old pricing stickers. Appalling. This scale out of stock that failed to sell is a perfect example […]

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Delayed billing does nothing to sweeten this new ‘magazine’ title

November 6th, 2013 · 7 Comments

We received nine copies of nic & rocco Sweet Sensations. That’s nine copies more than I would have ordered had I been given the opportunity of deciding whether I wanted to invest in the launch of this magazine / cookbook. That billing is delayed does nothing for me since it takes up space and is […]

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New newsagents hit with no early returns policy

November 5th, 2013 · 6 Comments

I’m not sure if this is a new policy but I just found out that new newsagents are barred from early returning magazines by Gotch and Network for their first few weeks. In one situation I saw recently a new newsagent had an account for less than $100 for their second month in once they […]

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