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Another example of oversupply of small business newsagents by Bauer Media

April 28th, 2015 · 2 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 · 36 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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Special interest magazine business strong

April 20th, 2015 · No Comments

Fairfax published a profile recently on niche magazines titles and MagNation, a speciality magazine retail business which is 10 years. While it is a good story and supportive of print magazines, the article fails to acknowledge that many newsagents actively support niche titles. One reason our channel does not support more is because of the barriers within […]

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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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ACCC sets details for conference on proposed magazine rule changes

April 14th, 2015 · 4 Comments

Following a request I wrote on behalf of newsXpress newsagents, the ACCC has decided to hold a pre decision conference with newsXpress and other interested parties about the MPA proposed trial of magazine supply rule changes. This is an opportunity for newsagents to be heard on the proposed magazine supply changes, an opportunity missed by those […]

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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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What concerns newsagents? magazine supply of course!

March 24th, 2015 · No Comments

Every time my newsagency software company runs a workshop on how to cut your magazine bill it fills up. Newsagents want this training more often than anything else. The popularity of the training goes to show what matters to newsagents. Magazine publishers and distributors should take note. They won’t but they should. 6 likes

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Delayed billing does not make a magazine title more appealing to newsagents

March 23rd, 2015 · 12 Comments

We received two copies of The Australian Top 100 Graduate Employers. We have early returned this title as it sits in a  segment which does not work for us, we do not have a spare pocket and it’s expensive. I made a judgement call on these factors and knowing what I need to name from each […]

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Is Network Services loading you with Naplan books tomorrow?

March 18th, 2015 · 16 Comments

I’ve heard from a newsagent who is being loaded with Naplan books from Hinkler via Network Services tomorrow. These are books the newsagent can source direct for substantially more margin. This is an example of an action by Network no covered in the code of conduct which is part of the trial set to be […]

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Happy for the magazine supply increase

March 16th, 2015 · 6 Comments

I’m happy with the 100% increase in supply of Monster Children by Network Services – from 3 copies to 6 on the back of sell outs from the last three issues. The cynic in me says the increase because they had stock to move, in response to my specific data. 1 likes

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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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