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Entries Tagged as 'magazine distribution'

Did you receive Business First magazine?

August 20th, 2015 · No Comments

Gordon and Gotch is promoting Business First magazine, saying it is in newsagents now. The appeal of this title is so niche that it ought only have been distributed to newsagents who opted in. I am not aware of Gotch did this as I didn’t see anything from them on it. It is only when […]

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Overloaded with Your Investment Property

August 17th, 2015 · No Comments

There is no justification for the increase in supply to us of Your Investment Property magazine when you look at the net sales we have achieved in recent months. This over supply is a waste of paper, time and money and we newsagents are the ones carrying the cost. 2 likes

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Wrong barcode on Picture magazine discount pack frustrates newsagents

August 11th, 2015 · No Comments

Years ago if Network Services sent a magazine with a wrong barcode they would contact newsagency software companies as they are usually the first port of call if there is a problem. Not any more. Network sent a notice to newsagents and this eventually made its way to the software companies. Poor customer service from Network. 8 likes

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Too much Shop Till You Drop

August 11th, 2015 · 2 Comments

There is no sense to the 300% increase in supply of Shop Till You Drop magazine. I look back at the sales history back to July last year and this latest allocation beggars belief. I can’t see why Bauer has done this. What a waste. 7 likes

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The problem with new magazines for newsagents

August 10th, 2015 · 14 Comments

A consequence of magazine publishers and distributors failing to address the poor financial return from magazines for small business newsagents is a reduction in space allocation in newsagencies for magazines. In real terms we make less today than five years ago yet the cost to us of magazines has increased between 5% and 10% year […]

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Newsagents help

August 10th, 2015 · No Comments

Check out the magazine a friend found in a bag with the copy of Gourmet Traveller they purchased from Woolworths last week. We can tell from the sticker left on by Bauer that the magazine is a return from a newsagent. The newsagent would have paid to return the copy of Belle that failed to sell for […]

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Frustration with IPS

July 31st, 2015 · 6 Comments

I like Forge magazine but I do not like that I get four copies when I only need 2 and that I have to keep it on the shelves longer than viable given the cost of the space it occupies. It is tough and often unprofitable work being a magazine specialist. 6 likes

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Updated advice on doing a magazine relay in your newsagency

July 23rd, 2015 · 5 Comments

In the three years since I published my article How to do a magazine relay in your newsagency plenty has changed. In this post I provide up to date advice. I hope you find it useful. Before you start the relay, consider the amount of space you want to allocate to magazines. Do not allocate […]

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Overloaded with Hooray magazine by Network Services

July 17th, 2015 · No Comments

The magazine allocations gurus at Network Services have outdone themselves sending us more than double our supply of Hooray magazine without evidence of us selling out. What a waste of time, paper and money. It makes a mockery of their claims to the ACCC that they want to help newsagents make money from magazines. Their […]

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Monocle editor responds to reporting on his comments about newsagents

July 15th, 2015 · 7 Comments

Please see below comment from Tyler Brûlé, editor in chief of Monocle in response to comments attributed to him by B&T and commented on by me here. As Australia is one of our most important markets (third biggest in the world) it’s clear that that most in the trade do a very good job and […]

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Why all the posts today about Network Services?

July 6th, 2015 · 17 Comments

The posts I have published today reflect data from one newsagency. The newsagent sent me the screen shots as evidence of the appalling oversupply they are suffering and have been suffering from Bauer’s Network Services. While the company reps say one thing to the ACCC and have the ANF under their spell, the company does […]

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Network Services overloads newsagents with Motor magazine

July 6th, 2015 · No Comments

Look at this evidence of Network Services increasing supply of Motor magazine to a newsagent without any justification in the sales data. Network is owned by Bauer. Bauer representatives told the ACCC recently that they want to support newsagents and help newsagents grow their businesses.  The actions from Bauer indicate something different. No wonder newsagents early return. […]

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Network Services overloads newsagents with Harpers Bazzar magazine

July 6th, 2015 · No Comments

Look at this evidence of Network Services increasing supply of Harpers Bazzar magazine to a newsagent without any justification in the sales data. Network is owned by Bauer. Bauer representatives told the ACCC recently that they want to support newsagents and help newsagents grow their businesses.  The actions from Bauer indicate something different. No wonder newsagents […]

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Network Services overloads newsagents with Belle magazine

July 6th, 2015 · No Comments

Look at this evidence of Network Services increasing supply some issues back of Belle to a newsagent without any justification in the sales data. Network is owned by Bauer. Bauer representatives told the ACCC recently that they want to support newsagents and help them grow their businesses.  The actions from Bauer indicate something different. No wonder newsagents […]

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Network Services newsagents overloads with Empire Magazine

July 6th, 2015 · No Comments

Look at this evidence of Network Services increasing supply of Empire magazine to a newsagent without any justification in the sales data. Network is owned by Bauer. Bauer representatives told the ACCC recently that they want to support newsagents and help newsagents grow their businesses.  The actions from Bauer indicate something different. No wonder newsagents early […]

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Network Services overloads newsagents with Good Medicine

July 6th, 2015 · No Comments

Look at this evidence of Network Services increasing supply of Good Medicine magazine to a newsagent without any justification in the sales data. Network is owned by Bauer. Bauer representatives told the ACCC recently that they want to support newsagents and help newsagents grow their businesses.  The actions from Bauer indicate something different. No wonder […]

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Magazine publishers: careful what you wish for

July 2nd, 2015 · 3 Comments

For years there have been differences between how magazine publishers with products in newsagencies and supermarkets treat these retail channels. While newsagents have complained, they have done nothing serious about it. I think we are approaching a time when we will need to act. The challenges now are about much more than better gifts with purchase […]

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Another magazine sent unnecessarily

June 30th, 2015 · No Comments

Here is another example from another newsagent documenting the consistent oversupply of Inside magazine by Network Services. There is no sense to this other than Network keeping their trucks full. Right here is why newsagents early return. 3 likes

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How many new magazine titles from Bauer this month?

June 30th, 2015 · No Comments

One newsagent told me yesterday they had received 27 new titles from Bauer Media’s Network Services this month and two reintroduced titles. 27 new titles is nuts. Performance data from the business does not support this expansion. The result is cash, time, space and paper wasted as well as competitive disadvantage for the newsagent and, […]

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Good to see Gotch promoting Aussie magazines

June 27th, 2015 · No Comments

It is good to see magazine distributor promoting magazine titles from Aussie publisher Artwear Publications on Twitter and pitching that these titles are available from newsagents: 1 likes

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ACCC grants MPA authorisation

June 25th, 2015 · 3 Comments

The ACCC has witten to interested parties advising the decision to approve the MPA application for authorisation to conduct a pilot program. Click here for the Determination by the ACCC. The ACCC decision is despite: The majority of post-draft determination submissions were received from newsagents opposing authorisation of the pilot. The role of the ANF is documented […]

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Damning magazine sell through rate data

June 25th, 2015 · No Comments

Here is magazine sell through rate data at the MPA category level for Network Services titles supplied to a newsagency. Click on the image for a larger version. Ignore the last column as the month was not complete when the report run. The eleven months prior offer damning evidence for some title categories. A consistent sell through […]

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Further submission to ACCC on proposed magazine supply rule changes

June 25th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Here is the full text of a letter I sent on newsXpress letterhead yesterday to the ACCC in relation to the MPA Pilot program that tests proposed new magazine supply rules. I am sharing it here to keen all newsagents informed. In Annexure C of the submission by the Association of Magazine Publishers Australia Inc. […]

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The ANF can’t hide forever

June 24th, 2015 · 13 Comments

Ever since I and other newsagents started speaking about the poor representation of newsagents by the ANF on the proposed magazine supply rule change trial being organised by the MPA, representatives of the ANF have attacked some speaking out but refuses to engage in real dialogue. There was Ann Nugent, QLD ANF staffer, reportedly speaking […]

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Bauer Media doubles supply of Wheels magazine without justification

June 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

The newsagent who sent me this evidence of oversupply of Wheels magazine must be wondering if this is payback for some offence as there is no logic behind Bauer Media’s decision to double supply of Wheels magazine. There is no evidence in the data either. Look at April, Bauer bumped supply from 4 to 8 […]

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