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Entries Tagged as 'Magazine oversupply'

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? 4 likes

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Inviting magazine publishers to speak up about ignorant early return behaviour

August 28th, 2014 · 30 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 · 15 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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More on Zoo oversupply by Bauer Media

July 30th, 2014 · 10 Comments

Check out the email from the allocations experts at Bauer. Having received 3 copies of Zoo this week and selling 1, the Bauer Sales Based Replenishment program (system / person) decided we needed more: Thank you for sending your sales data. Based on the information you have provided, we have raised an extra order on […]

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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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