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Entries Tagged as 'magazine distribution'

No, delayed billing does not let you use my newsagency as a warehouse

July 22nd, 2014 · 1 Comment

Network Services sent us four copies Diamond Rings magazine. had they asked us we’d have said no thanks. Instead, they sent the four copies. I am guessing they thought the delayed billing to the end of September let them think it was okay. It is not okay sending a title we are not likely to sell […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines

Unfair magazine distribution model makes newsagents less competitive

July 21st, 2014 · 8 Comments

The installation of ExchangeIT software at newsagencies enabled PBL to track real-time sales of all titles and thereby fine-tune its distribution and cut costs.  After that triumph, Alexander as also put in charge of the Nine Network, which has since improved its leadership of the television stations. SIC. This is from a story by Trevor […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines

Publisher of Car magazine promotes newsagents

July 17th, 2014 · No Comments

The publisher of Car magazine took to Twitter last night to promote the latest issue – celebrating 50 years. In their Tweet they gave a call out to newsagents for which we should be appreciative. I don’t like their use of good in the tweet since they do not disclose that as the publisher they […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines

How many times can a magazine be reissued?

July 11th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Did you get Photoshop for Photographers yesterday? We did – for the third time. And the stock we received looks like it has been around the country several times. It was dirty – not of merchantable quality. That’s why we early returned it. It looked like trash. Shame on Network Services for letting this recycled old […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines

Double standards from Bauer on approving direct supply?

June 28th, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Bauer requirement to prove a minimum sales volume in order to get a direct account does not appear to apply to all with one new account reportedly being approved by Bauer in a town already served with plenty of newsagents and in a small centre that has a challenged retail business track record. The history of […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines

IT Girl Loom band magazine late to the party

June 28th, 2014 · 5 Comments

The It Girl Loom band magazine is months too late to connect with the rapidly fading Loom band craze. Many of us were in this space last year and are now out with the market more than saturated. Also, we were making 50% and 69% GP and not the 25% we get on magazines. I […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines

News Corp deal makes Coles look cheap and newsagencies look expensive

June 27th, 2014 · 25 Comments

News Corp’s Inside Out magazine is on sale at Coles for $6.00, $2.20 less than the price in newsagencies and other retail outlets. How is it that this News Corp. title can be sold to shoppers at Coles for less than newsagents pay for it? Why would newsagents not early return all Inside Out stock right away […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · magazines · Newsagency challenges

Bauer speaks out on Coles magazine discount

June 16th, 2014 · 26 Comments

Julie Green, National Channel Manager – Newsagents, at Bauer Media has issues a statement about Coles discounting Woman’s Day today in Victoria: It has been brought to our attention that Coles has made the decision to discount this week’s current edition of Woman’s Day to $2.10 in their Victorian stores. Bauer Media would like to […]

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Tags: Competition · magazine distribution · magazines

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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Tags: magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines

A magazine for our times

June 10th, 2014 · 2 Comments

I noticed this magazine, Online Privacy, on the shelves of another newsagency and was surprised it had not been widely scaled out. With the many stories about online security breaches and data hacking hitting international companies, this title would sell. Fear drives sales. Online Privacy is a title I am sure many newsagents would have […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines

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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Tags: magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines

Who’d be a magazine distributor?

May 31st, 2014 · 1 Comment

Source Interlink, one of the biggest magazine distributors in the US announced Friday that it will soon end “substantially all” of its business operations, putting 6,000 out of work. The Wall Street Journal report documents some challenges for the category: Companies such as Source Interlink play a major role in the magazine business, arranging for printed […]

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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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Tags: magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines

Confronting the Thursday shift in high street newsagencies

May 21st, 2014 · 5 Comments

It is almost a year since magazine distribution changed from Monday, Wednesday and Friday to Monday and Thursday. Newsagency sales data I have seen indicates that high street newsagents have been confronted with the most significant impact. In one case Thursday sales are down 33% and the change can be tracked to the change in […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines

Bauer Media launches reader rewards to encourage newsagency magazine shoppers to purchase Bauer titles

May 9th, 2014 · 41 Comments

The Bauer Media Connections program has launched Reader Reader rewards, an App-based loyalty program for Bauer titles purchased in participating newsagencies. Consumers are rewarded with free magazines – collected ar participating newsagencies. Funded 100% by Bauer. Click here to read more about this program and see a couple of videos and see how it will work […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines

Anyone else have Woman’s Day supplies cut this week

April 15th, 2014 · 25 Comments

We had our Woman’s Day supplies cut to below what we would usually sell. I’ve heard of a couple of others experiencing this too. Anyone else? 5 likes

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Tags: magazine distribution

Magazine distributors should not distribute books

April 15th, 2014 · 10 Comments

I was surprised to receive this book with magazines yesterday. We don’t sell books –  not full price titles and not for 25% in gross profit. We need to be able to stop products like this being sent to us without out approval. As it stands we have to pay to send back this stock […]

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Tags: Book retailing · magazine distribution · Ugh!

A look at Bauer Media

April 8th, 2014 · No Comments

Respected journalist Ben Hills wrote a long and fascinating piece for Good Weekend – published March 28 – that looked at Bauer media, the business formerly known as ACP. Hills was thorough in his research – I know because of questions he put to me as part of the research. The article is something newsagents […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines · Newsagent suppliers

Do changes at magazine distributor Network Services indicate newsagents are less of a focus?

March 11th, 2014 · 12 Comments

Changes announced internally at Network Services last week read to me like a downgrade in focus on newsagents. While the company will deny this, my view is based on the backgrounds of those they are promoting into newsagent related roles and considering the experience of those they are promoting out of newsagent related roles. After […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines · Newsagency challenges

The danger in returning bagged discount magazine packs

February 28th, 2014 · 9 Comments

This bagged pack of current (when released) issues of Elle and Cosmopolitan is tagged by the publisher as a topped return. If we did that we’d top the covers and return both separately. This could open us to a fraud allegation by the publisher owned distribution business. Instead, we return the whole bagged pack – to […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines

Newsagent frustration at Network Services invoice changes

February 27th, 2014 · 36 Comments

Following off-topic comments here about recent EDI changed by magazine distributor Network Services, as promised I am opening a post here so newsagents can comment and through this provide feedback to Network. This week, Network released EDI changes including the following (I have pulled this info from correspondence from Network – the image is the […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · XchangeIT

Insights into the ACCC and how they could help newsagents

February 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

ACCC Chairman Rod Sims, provided an insight into the activity of the ACCC in a speech this week at the CEDA conference. Early in the speech he shared some useful stats: Each year the ACCC receives roughly 160,000 complaints and inquiries. From this pool we have to make a judgment on which matters merit an […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines

Magazine distributor Gordon & Gotch harasses newsagents on payment

February 20th, 2014 · 37 Comments

Gordon & Gotch this morning emailed a newsagent claiming that their account is overdue when there is still half a day left to pay the bill.  This is appalling treatment of this newsagent by Gotch, a company that does not provide newsagents with reasonable control over their level of indebtedness. I suspect others have received […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · magazines

Are magazine distributors cutting small newsagency accounts?

February 10th, 2014 · 7 Comments

Several moves in recent weeks suggest that magazine distributors Gordon & Gotch and Network services are reviewing small accounts with a view to cutting accounts that to not meet minimum sales criteria. While they have had thresholds for new accounts and in the past have review performance, I anticipate the review this year will be […]

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Tags: Hubbed · magazine distribution · magazines · Newsagency management · Newsagent representation

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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Tags: magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply