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Entries Tagged as 'magazine distribution'

Why I think newsagents should turn off early return facilities in their newsagency software

April 22nd, 2016 · 3 Comments

A newsagent I am working with is confronting an above average decline in magazine sales. Working through their data I can see they have been driving some of the sales decline by early returning magazines based on settings in their newsagency software, settings that were too severe and that did not take into account any […]

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Supply of Stationery News today

April 21st, 2016 · No Comments

Gotch as provided this notice for newsagents re supply of Stationery News today. Gotch responded quickly on my notifying them of the problem on behalf of my stores and newsxpress stores early this morning. What they have sent to newsagents is a good quick response from the company: Dear Retailer, This is to inform you […]

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The role of newsagents in promoting Chemist Warehouse

April 11th, 2016 · 1 Comment

Chemist Warehouse has a sale catalogue out now called The House of Wellness – see the photo – the same title of the ‘magazine’ News Corp. requested newsagents to hand out three weeks ago as a ‘gift’ as I wrote about here. The title is also shared with a radio program now running on the Fairfax owned 3AW and […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · magazines

Gordon and Gotch update on transition

March 9th, 2016 · 33 Comments

Here is an update for newsagents from Gordon and Gotch on the transition from Network Services: Thank you for your assistance and support in executing a successful transition and integration of the NSC business. Calls to GGA As you can imagine, there has been an increase in the volume and length of calls to our […]

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The time is right for partworks publishers and Gotch to treat newsagents differently

March 7th, 2016 · 9 Comments

With only one significant magazine distributor now, the time is right for Gotch to do things differently – and I think the company will. One such area of difference ought to be with partworks. Those of us who commercially appreciate and leverage partworks to their full potential for our businesses ought to be treated differently than […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines · partworks

mUmBRELLA on how to drive magazine viability

March 4th, 2016 · 6 Comments

Miranda Ward writing at mUmBRELLA has represented newsagents well in our fight with supermarkets on magazines. I am pleased to see this quote from me as it is a message publishers need to get. “Supermarkets treat magazines as a commodity. Newsagents continue to range the category as specialists. That has a higher cost for us yet we […]

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Update from Network services on migration to Gotch

March 2nd, 2016 · 3 Comments

This afternoon, Network Services released update #5 on the transition of magazine titles to Gotch. Click here to access this update. FYI this is the last update from Network. 1 likes

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Newsagents dealing well with the Network Services shut down

February 29th, 2016 · 12 Comments

Help desk call traffic more than trebled for my newsagency software company today as newsagents updated data managed by their software reflecting the transfer of many magazine titles from Network to Gotch. All in all it was an orderly process. With 1,750+ newsagents using the software it could have gone any one of a number of […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · newsagent software · Newsagent suppliers

Newsagents: are you ready for the Network / Gotch transition

February 26th, 2016 · No Comments

Newsagents need to ensure their newsagency software is ready for the transition. If you are not across what is necessary, please talk with your software company. This is not something to ignore. 6 likes

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Gotch magazine allocations discussion

February 25th, 2016 · 17 Comments

I am publishing this post to give newsagents a place where they can comment about any allocations concerns flowing from the take over of magazine distribution by Gordon and Gotch by Network. Please be detailed in your comment … i.e. what you used to get versus what you get now. 6 likes

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Update from Network Services re transition to Gotch

February 24th, 2016 · No Comments

Click here for the latest update from Network Services on the transition from titles to Gordon and Gotch. network advises the list of Transition issues has been reduced from 150 to 92.  The updated list is hosted on both NetOnline and Gotch Connect.  Links to the portals are included in the communication. The communication through the […]

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This is not the month to indiscriminately early return magazines

February 19th, 2016 · 38 Comments

My approach to early returning of magazines is not changing because Network Services is closing down. I am not engaging in a mass cull of Network titles prior to the end of the month. I am not acting out of ear or malice. No, it is business as usual. The approach being taken by Network […]

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Update on Network Services closure

February 18th, 2016 · 4 Comments

Network Services has issued a third communication to newsagents, which I share here with permission. They have also provided a list of ‘Transition’ issues – title issues that will be dispatched by Network Services but will be returned to Gordon and Gotch. There are 150 issues on this list. Newsagents will need to ensure their […]

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Why is a magazine distributor sending newsagents Zomlings?

February 16th, 2016 · 8 Comments

Gotch yesterday sent newsagents Zomlings, a small collectible toy. While the product is interesting, for it to be successful it needs to come to us through a toy wholesaler who understands what is necessary to create a successful collector base. Using the magazine distribution model does not do this. Take a look at Amazon UK […]

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Magazine circulation numbers demand change

February 15th, 2016 · 7 Comments

The extraordinary fall in magazine circulation reported for the period to December 31, 2015 fits with what I reported earlier in the newsagency sales benchmark study – among the worst declines we have seen for many titles. This cannot continue. As I have written previously, the best opportunity for specialty magazine publishers, those publishing special […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Newsagency management · newsagency of the future · Newsagency opportunities

Update from Network Services for newsagents on business closure

February 10th, 2016 · 1 Comment

Click here for an update from network Services in transition plans for the closure of their business. Click here for a FAQ document. I am sharing these documents with the permission of the company – to facilitate wide release to newsagents. 4 likes

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Did you miss receiving Bauer Media weekly magazines today?

February 8th, 2016 · 2 Comments

I have been contacted by a newsagent in South Australia advising they received no Bauer weekly titles today but that the supermarkets they compete with received full supply. At their request I am posting this to see if any others experienced the issue. 6 likes

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What does Bauer media need to do?

February 5th, 2016 · 1 Comment

What does Bauer Media need to do to become a real force again? is a must-read article for newsagents and others interested in print media businesses in Australia by Miranda Ward and published by mUmBRELLA. 6 likes

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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines · newsagency of the future

Timing on the closure of Network Services

February 4th, 2016 · 4 Comments

Click here to download communication from Network services for newsagents on the timing of the closure of the business. I share it here with permission. The processes outlined by the company are clear cut. Achieving a refund of any money owed requires newsagents to provide bank details. The way things go with this channel there will […]

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Gordon and Gotch to take on distribution of Bauer Media magazine titles as Bauer prepared to close Network Services

January 13th, 2016 · 10 Comments

PMP, the owner of Gordon and Gotch, this morning announced to the ASX agreement with Bauer Media to distribute Bauer titles – subject to obligations Bauer has to consult with employees. The PMP announcement is part of a planned move by Bauer Media to close their magazine distribution business Network Services in the coming months. Gordon and […]

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Poor marketing execution by News Corp.

December 30th, 2015 · 18 Comments

Newsagents in Queensland received The House of Wellness launch issue with their papers today. News Corp sent out the notice to explain the free magazine hours after the papers arrived. This is appalling communication. ‘What is even worse is that the launch issue is from last year. This freebie to be given away with The […]

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

Double load of magazines gets newsagents thinking more about magazine distribution

December 29th, 2015 · 8 Comments

The double load of magazines newsagents received yesterday raised discussion, again, about unfairness in the magazine destitution model. Rather than two days of delivery this week, the magazine distributors cut back to one day, a public holiday, and in doing so presented newsagents with more resourcing challenges for managing the load on a day with […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines

More junk from Fairfax and Consolidates Products Holdings

December 21st, 2015 · No Comments

We received this junk product from Consolidated Products Holdings via Fairfax with magazines today. As it is not circulation products, we have treated it as junk mail and binned it. I can source these iPhone products elsewhere at a better price. Sending this out the week before Christmas is nuts, doomed to fail. Sending it […]

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How can Coles offer half price Bauer Media magazine titles?

December 10th, 2015 · 10 Comments

Coles Express is promoting half price Bauer Media magazines: Woman’s Day, OK!, NW and The Australian Women’s Weekly. This extraordinary deal is available with any fuel purchase, yes, any fuel purchase. The AIP says retailers make around 5% on fuel sales so they can’t be funding this deal. While I understand there is a difference […]

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Tags: Competition · magazine distribution · magazines · Newsagency challenges

Why do newsagents early return magazines and why is cutting space the only option to manage magazine costs?

December 8th, 2015 · 8 Comments

Australian magazine publishers need to understand that they are all judged by the actions of each other. All it takes is for one publisher to oversupply and there are consequences for others. I lay the blame with the publisher as they set the print run. This is where what we receive begins. The print run […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines