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Entries Tagged as 'Magazine oversupply'

Clarity on the MPA trial next steps

May 28th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Magazine Publishers Australia (MPA) has announced the pilot program to trial proposed new magazine supply rules will commence next month. While the ACCC has made no announcement since the conference a month ago, the MPA was granted interim authorisation by the ACCC and ti is this which enables them to proceed. I am disappointed that despite […]

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Why the ANF is wrong about magazine performance data in newsagencies

May 26th, 2015 · 2 Comments

The CEO of the ANF says the ANF supports the MPA pilot of new magazine supply rules for newsagents to gather data on magazines in newsagencies. The CEO ignores the considerable data set already available in newsagencies. Here’s a new 11 minute video from me outlining some of the data available. This video illustrates that as […]

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Another reason to not trust the magazine distributor

May 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Our sales history for Rocco La Bella titles is not good yet despite this Network sends us six copies of the new title. We gave his title a go initially but lost money. It disadvantages us that we cannot say no to a title and that it is sent despite poor sales history. Shame on you […]

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Further submission to ACCC seeks fairness for newsagents on magazine supply

May 25th, 2015 · 11 Comments

This morning I made another submission to the ACCC on the issue of magazine supply, encouraging them to collect data to assess the fairness of the newsagent supply model versus the supply model used for our competitors. Here is the full text of the letter: Magazine Publishers of Australia application A91472 While this letter is written […]

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How much damage did the ANF CEO do in contradicting newsagents?

May 20th, 2015 · 18 Comments

I have been thinking about the April 23 ACCC convened conference to discuss the proposed magazine supply rule change pilot and, in particular, the contradiction of submissions of newsagents by the CEO of the ANF. Every newsagent speaking at the ACCC conference objected to the pilot as proposed and the magazine supply rule changes at the […]

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Magazine supply workflow from MediaScope

May 15th, 2015 · 1 Comment

I like this infographic from MediaScope showing the position of newsagents in the magazine landscape and our uncompetitiveness due to out of date supply rules. It makes a complex issue understandable. It makes the case for fairness for us so we can compete. 6 likes

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Unmerchantable product from Network Services

May 14th, 2015 · No Comments

This photo shows the state of one magazine title distributed by Network Services to a newsagent recently. This magazine is unmerchantable: not fit for retail, yet Network Services sent it. Network is part of Bauer Media and Bauer thinks newsagents need help to manage and display magazines. They ought to tidy their own house first. No wonder newsagents […]

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Further submission to the ACCC on proposed trial of magazine supply rule changes

May 13th, 2015 · 29 Comments

Yesterday, I lodged another submission with the ACCC in relation to the application by the MPA to trial new magazine supply rules for newsagents. Click here to download the submission. The submission is also on the public register of the ACCC. Like my first submission which the ACCC already has to consider, this submission was made on behalf […]

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Sydney Wedding oversupplied to newsagents by Bauer Media

May 11th, 2015 · No Comments

Sydney Wedding is a good example of why newsagents need control over magazines.  It is think, takes up too much space and is unlikely to sell for us in Melbourne. Bauer reps say to the ACCC they want to help newsagents be more engaged and more professional with magazines at the same time as they […]

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If you received Wedding Styling Handbook this week from Bauer Media read on

May 9th, 2015 · 2 Comments

A newsagent colleague called me yesterday with news the newsagency received Wedding Styling Handbook issue #1 for the fourth time. First time around their received 4 copies and sold all. Two months later they received 5 copies and returned 3. Four months later they received 3 and returned 3.  This title was done after the […]

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MPA seeks to vary magazine pilot arrangements

May 8th, 2015 · No Comments

The ACCC advised yesterday that the MPA is seeking to vary arrangements for the pilot to test magazine supply rule changes. Click here to see the MPA letter. Click here to see the annexure. This latest correspondence from the MPA does not trial magazine supply changes that enable newsagents to be competitive with others. The […]

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What newsagents need to know about the MPA trial of proposed magazine supply rule changes

May 6th, 2015 · 27 Comments

Here is a video I shot Monday this week to explain what I think newsagents need to know about the trial of new magazine supply rules proposed by three magazine publishers. It’s a long video but brings to the view concerns about the facts. Please watch it. In the video you are provides quotes from […]

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Men’s Style magazine loss-making for this newsagency

May 5th, 2015 · No Comments

With a sell through rate of 20% or less, Men’s Style magazine is loss-making for us. The publisher and distributor would know this yet they continue to grossly oversupply. Our supply should have been cut by 50% at the very least And publishers complain that newsagents early return! 0 likes

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Mumbrella covers MPA newsagent magazine supply rule change proposal

May 2nd, 2015 · 13 Comments

Media news website Mumbrella yesterday covered the ACCC conference held last week to consider the application by the MPA to trial new magazine supply rules. I appreciate the time they took to learn about the proposed trial and the concerns it represents for newsagents. This the first time I can recall such public coverage of the […]

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Another example of oversupply of small business newsagents by Bauer Media

April 28th, 2015 · 6 Comments

While Bauer Media representatives said to the ACCC last they want to help newsagents with a fairer magazine supply model, back at the office the people reporting to them scaled out HOME ENTERTAINMENT: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to newsagents. This publication was tagged New for 2014. Seriously, new for 2014. What happened yesterday is that newsagents […]

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Oversupplied The Block magazine

April 27th, 2015 · 1 Comment

A year ago we received 31 copies of The Block magazine and returned 22. This year, taking no notice of our sales data, Bauer supplied us 31 copies again. Last year we promoted the title prominently. This year we are not. We have better use for the same. Saturday, I early returned stock of this […]

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ACCC conference listens to newsagent concerns over proposed magazine supply changes

April 24th, 2015 · 41 Comments

The ACCC conference to consider a trial of new magazine supply rules held yesterday in response to a request I submitted on behalf of newsXpress was well attended. Major magazine publishers attended along with the MPA, lawyers, the ANF, VANA and NANA, several newsagents and a rep from POS Solutions. While the main conference room was […]

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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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