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Entries Tagged as 'magazine distribution'

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. 4 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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Tags: Ethics · Fun · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Social responsibility

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

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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Newsagent specialist in National Geographic titles

March 12th, 2015 · No Comments

In a newsagency in Sydney yesterday I saw an amazing range of National Geographic titles on display – I;ve never seen so many in one place before. I was told they are popular gifts for people visiting the local hospital. The display was a reminder of the extraordinary diversity in our channel as I’d be […]

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Why the proposed magazine code of conduct is unfair for newsagents

March 3rd, 2015 · 5 Comments

With participating magazine publishers and distributors getting closer to trialling their proposed code of conduct, I am publishing here today what I publisherd here in November last year as I think the code of conduct is unfair on newsagents. I’ve made it clear I do not want to be part of a trial under this code […]

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Shock horror – Gordon & Gotch increases supply to a newsagent without justification

February 26th, 2015 · 14 Comments

Another day and more reports from newsagents of magazine distributors sending additional titles which are NOT selling out. Take a look at this example for Koori Mail – sent to me by a colleague. In the data you can see this newsagent has for all but one issue been experiencing 0% sell through yet the […]

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The high cost of thick magazines for the newsagency

February 23rd, 2015 · 5 Comments

The current of AWW has a think Priceline catalogue stuck on the back – meaning we fit fewer into a pocket. In the fixture photographed we can fit five copies while for BHG we can fit ten. Considering the cost of space, the time spent managing thicker titles and the sales of BHG and AWW, […]

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Network Services helps newsagents affected by Cyclone Marcia

February 22nd, 2015 · 1 Comment

Network Services sent the following terrific message today to newsagents in the areas hit by Cyclone Marcia. Good to see them on the front foot over the weekend on this: Dear QLD Newsagents, To those affected directly and indirectly by Cyclone Marcia, we wish to express our support and offer any affected agents our assistance. […]

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Long on-sale magazines under the spotlight

February 21st, 2015 · 7 Comments

Long on-sale magazines – any title on-sale for more than 30 days – are under more attention as newsagents seek to reduce magazine related costs. Take the titles from United Media, they have a long on-sale, a cover price that is not keeping with CPI and a scale out model that treats us as warehouses with […]

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Network Services sends newsagents unsaleable magazine junk

February 17th, 2015 · 3 Comments

This photo shows part of the cover of a magazine received in a newsagency yesterday, sent by Network Services. Click on the image and look at the detail. That gunk on the cover is from stickers placed on these titles when they were on sale in other newsagencies. As the angry newsagent who tole me […]

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Why the Happiness? issue of Psychology Today magazine makes me unhappy

February 17th, 2015 · No Comments

The usual supply of Psychology Today magazine for our newsagency was doubled for the Happiness? issue which went on sale yesterday. This 100% increase in supply is despite us rarely selling all the story we are usually supplied. The irony is extraordinary. How can I be happy about such an unwarranted oversupply. It wasted our […]

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Adding to the magazines we carry

February 14th, 2015 · No Comments

We have recently added Manuscript to the list of magazines we sell – proving that newsagents do seek out additional titles to expand their range. I mention this to show magazine publishers who stop by here that some of us actually use a pull model. The challenge is that so much of what we get is […]

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Despite sales failure Bauer continues to send discount magazine bags

February 12th, 2015 · No Comments

Bauer Media continues to supply newsagents their bagged discount magazine bundles. What was originally pitched as a four times a year promotion is now promoted regularly. I’d prefer magazines to be purchased for their content and not because of a discount to the cover price. Regular discounting is a slippery slope. People who purchase on price […]

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Kudos to magazine distributor Gordon & Gotch

February 11th, 2015 · No Comments

It’s terrific to see magazine distributor Gordon & Gotch promoting newsagents on Twitter with this tweet profiting the latest Men’s Health magazine. Newsagents ought to thank Gotch for this support. 9 likes

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Is this why magazine distributors are pushing to stop newsagents labelling magazines?

February 10th, 2015 · 10 Comments

There is discontent in magazine distribution and publishing businesses about the push by the distributor-controlled XchangeIT to promote the elimination of labels on magazines in newsagencies. I am told that promoters of the plan in a distribution business see it as a means for reducing newsagent early returns. It would appear push has nothing to do […]

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XchangeIT announces survey on magazine label replacement

February 6th, 2015 · 9 Comments

Mid last year I was approached by XchangeIT about their consideration of changes to IT infrastructure to facilitate the elimination of labelling magazines. I explained to XchangeIT at the time: Smart newsagents did not label weeklies or high volume monthlies. Labels provided a vital role in shop floor management of magazine inventory. Labels provide for […]

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Here’s another magazine I wish I could cut from my newsagency

February 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

Franchising is another magazine I wish I could cut. If I’m lucky I sell one copy but that is rare. This infrequent sale has not been enough to get Network Services to reduce my supply to one or even to cut it altogether in favour of a more successful title. The performance of Franchising reinforces why […]

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Here is why newsagents need more control over magazine supply

February 2nd, 2015 · 3 Comments

Further to my post two days ago about a possible new approach to magazine distribution, the supply this week of Menace To Society by Bauer Media’s Network Services to newsagents is a good example of why we need control. This is a title serving a narrow and declining in size niche. In my own newsagency it […]

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