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Entries Tagged as 'magazine distribution'

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. 5 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 · 15 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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Tags: Ethics · Leadership · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply

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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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · magazines · Newsagency challenges · newsagency of the future · Newsagency opportunities

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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Unexplainable supply of People magazine by Network Services

June 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

Check out the supply of Bauer Media’s People magazine to a newsagent from this screenshot from their newsagency software. Supply adjustments with no apparent regard for the performance data for the title. The decisions by the allocations ‘experts’ at Bauer don’t make sense. 5 likes

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Network Services can’t even get the supply of Bauer Media titles right

June 22nd, 2015 · 7 Comments

You’d think a magazine distributor owned by a publisher could get the scale out of that publisher’s titles right. Sadly, Bauer media’s own network Services has failed on that score. They have increased our supply of the Take 5 Crime & Puzzle Special from 12 copies to 16 to 18 despite the evidence showing that […]

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Overloaded with Muscle & Fitness magazine by Network Services

June 22nd, 2015 · 1 Comment

Magazine distributor Network Services increased our support of Muscle & Fitness magazine from 2 cipies to 4 to 8 and now to 9 despite the evidence indicating that three copies is probably optimal for us. Network will say it’s a mistake – surely they could not have done this deliberately. The publisher, if I spoke […]

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Bagged Take 5 offer frustrating

June 20th, 2015 · No Comments

We early returned this bagged Take 5 offer because it requires an additional pocket and because it’s a lame offer when compared to the broader offer in Woolworths. Sending them unannounced as Bauer does makes space planning difficult – hence the decision to early return. My view is if we are to pitch magazines at […]

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Woolworths promotion of Bauer titles makes it tough for newsagents

June 19th, 2015 · 4 Comments

Here’s an example of a publisher and supermarket giant working together to devalue magazine brands in a campaign that must reduce newsagent magazine sales. The Relax & Save campaign offering two Bauer titles for $7 is an enticing offer for price conscious shoppers. The folks from Bauer will tell Connections members at their national conference soon […]

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Helping newsagents understand magazine overheads

June 18th, 2015 · 10 Comments

I have created a magazine overhead cost calculator for newsagents to use to easily calculate your cost per magazine pocket. Enter four data points in the the unshaded cells and the calculator will reveal the monthly and weekly cost per magazine pocket in your newsagency. I have settled on four three data points as a result of decades of work […]

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