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Entries Tagged as 'magazine distribution'

Too many Christmas food magazines

November 25th, 2014 · No Comments

We have too many publishers publishing Christmas-themed specials. Some are publishing two and more. While I understand that publishers see this as an opportunity to extend the reach of their brand, we retailers need space to do the titles justice. Our shelves are overflowing with Christmas themed titles. I doubt we will see a net increase […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines

How to cut your end of month magazine bill

November 24th, 2014 · 15 Comments

This photo shows some of the magazines I took off the shelves for early return in one of my newsagencies on Saturday in my weekend cull. Every Saturday I review all magazines on the shelves, considering the stock on hand, the length of time on the shelves already, the pressure on space and sales history. […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Newsagency management

Another example of Bauer Magazine oversupply

November 24th, 2014 · 5 Comments

I don’t want to be in a position to write this blog post. No, I want fair and justified magazine supply. I don’t want unjust treatment that is not based on data facts. My story plays out in thousands of newsagencies each week, costing our channel millions of dollars. It disadvantages us. Click on the […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Social responsibility

Magazine publishers ignore the channel that sells 50% of magazines in Australia

November 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Newsagents do not have a voice at the Publishers Australia conference in Sydney this week – Publish – The Future of Print and Digital Publishing. It is a missed opportunity for our channel and publishers to talk about the future of print publications. The program looks terrific with sessions newsagents could engage in. 1 likes

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Bauer Media ignores newsagent sales data & sends extra stock when there is plenty in-store

November 18th, 2014 · 22 Comments

This is not a new story. What I describe here happens in newsagencies across Australia every week, many times over. It’s been happening for years. This is a crime. There appears little or no interest in key spiller businesses in fixing the issue. Shame on those involved as you are the people hurting small business […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · Social responsibility

Code of conduct for magazine publishers and distributors

November 14th, 2014 · 11 Comments

Magazine Publishers Australia and representatives of Pacific Magazines, Bauer Media, Network Services and Gordon an Gotch have been working on a possible code opt conduct for the supply of magazines to newsagents. This work was initiated by the publishers and has been in discussion for a year. Any code is a complex process because it […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management

What a waste Bauer distributing this Ripley’s book

November 13th, 2014 · 13 Comments

The anger from the newsagent reporting receiving this Ripley’s book from Bauer’s network Services this week was palpable. The RRP $29.95 title had no place in the scale out from a magazine distributor. Newsagents can get books like this elsewhere at 50% and more GP and with more control over supply. Any book supplier using […]

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Tags: Book retailing · magazine distribution

Newsagents – beware duplicate barcodes

November 6th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Network Servcies has two titles out this week with the same barcodes. This is a dreadful error by the publishers. 03/11/2014 – THE CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE Bipad 3748 Issue 201401 Correct Barcode 9780992584955 06/11/2014 – GUIDE TO THE CRICKET WORLD CUP Bipad 3817 Issue 201401 Correct Barcode 9780992584948 Make sure you handle this according to advice from […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines

The Friendship Book delivers excellent destination business

November 6th, 2014 · No Comments

We are promoting The Friendship Book for 2015 with placement in front of magazines, next to People’s Friend. As we do each year, we’ll order more stock. Our problem with this title is under supply! It’s feast or famine when ti comes to magazines! 1 likes

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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines · Ugh!

Why the re-issue of the Ashes magazine?

November 5th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Did you receive the reissue of The Ashes magazine? This old title has had its day and reissuing to newsagents as happened this week is a space and money grab. Had we been asked I suspect many newsagents would have said no thanks, been there, done that. This is a perfect example of how magazine distributors […]

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Tags: magazine distribution

Justified early returns

November 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

We had no space for the additional SKU from Bauer – Elle and Bazaar and so we early returned them. What’s unfair is that we have to send back the whole bag. What a waste of my money! I know newsagents who compensate by early returning other titles for ‘balance’. Asking me if I have […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply

Nic & Rocco reissue of damaged stock by Bauer wastes newsagent time and money

October 30th, 2014 · 12 Comments

Almost a year ago, Bauer Media issued Nic & Rocco Sweet Sensations. I blogged about it at the time. Today, they sent it out again. This time it’s stock that has been around the block. Many copies are damaged. What a waste of time and money! What an appalling and unfair treatment of newsagents. I consider […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Ugh!

I don’t want Inside Out

October 30th, 2014 · 4 Comments

With the arrangement between News Life Media and Coles which sees Inside Out magazine priced at $2.00 less in Coles than my newsagency and with two Coles curer markets in my centre I see no point in carrying this title and promoting my business as being more expensive. More important, I need to make a stand […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · magazines

ANF offers emotion over leadership to newsagents on magazine oversupply

October 24th, 2014 · 8 Comments

At the ANF’s National Newsagent blog this week, under the headline of My heart bleeds for these newsagents, the ANF published a letter from a Western Australian newsagent about magazine supply issues including oversupply. Rather than providing leadership on the issue, what is supposed to be the peak body of the newsagency channel offers emotion […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · magazines · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · Social responsibility

Meeting with XchangeIT

October 23rd, 2014 · 6 Comments

I met with Chris Leach the CEO of XchangeIT today as part of a regular discussion Chris has with the various newsagency software companies. I took the opportunity to express concern that newsagents are pressured to provide accurate sales data yet we see little benefit in return. While it is outside his purview, Chris listened […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · magazines · Social responsibility · XchangeIT

Newsagents caring less about accurate data as a result of worsening magazine oversupply

October 23rd, 2014 · 13 Comments

A newsagents who recently got pinged by XchangeIT for failing to meet their standards expressed anger at abuse of their business by the imagine distributors for overloading them with stock. Digging into the situation, there was no issue with data quality, just timing. So, the distributors receive accurate sales and return data but it is […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · magazines

Is it unethical to send more stock of a title a newsagent without justification?

October 22nd, 2014 · 4 Comments

Imagine the surprise of a newsagent this week when they received additional stock of Modern Wedding Styling magazine when they still had stock on the shelves from the August allocation. There is no sales history to indicate they will get through the initial allocation. So, the newsagent topped the supply this week and early returned […]

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

Evidence Bauer Media sales based replenishment of magazines to newsagents is not based on sales data

October 22nd, 2014 · 4 Comments

Thank you for sending your sales data. Based on the information you have provided, we have raised an extra order on your behalf. This order will be delivered to you on the next available delivery day. Outlined below is a list of what the order will contain. This is the opening of an email this […]

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Tags: Competition · Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · Ugh! · XchangeIT

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

October 21st, 2014 · 33 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!

We need faster access to licenced product

October 8th, 2014 · No Comments

Frozen is the latest licence to take off, delivering extraordinary results around the world. From clothing to greeting cards to dolls to activity cards. There is more Frozen product for sale newsagencies in the UK than is currently the case in Australia. Those involved in the supply chain to Australian newsagents need to reduce the time […]

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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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