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Entries Tagged as 'magazine distribution'

Terrific set your own supply initiative from Network Services

September 17th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Kudos to Network Services and their publishing partner for giving newsagents the opportunity to set their own supply for the RSPCA trading cards. That Coles and Woolworths will not have this product and the free gift of a pack on Woman’s Day next week makes the opportunity compelling. The most important aspect of this is […]

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A good example of poor title allocations

September 12th, 2014 · 1 Comment

We often sold out of the 3 copies of the telegraph we received from network Services so they increased us to 7. I;d have thought 5 was okay but not 7. A review of our history shows volatility. It does not make sense for them to more than double supply. It makes me wonder if […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines

If you have an email from Network saying your returns failed

September 11th, 2014 · No Comments

As I mentioned yesterday, some newsagents who lodged returns during Network Services Netonline planned system outage – from 1pm Friday to 6pm Saturday – are receiving emails from Network saying that their returns have failed. Some in Network and XchangeIT tell newsagents to call their software company. This is Network’s problem to resolve as the company […]

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Gotch emails helpful in tuning magazine range

September 11th, 2014 · 1 Comment

I like the fresh approach from magazine distributor Gordon & Gotch in their contact with newsagents. The emails are helpful, easy to read and opening opportunities to new titles we can use to expand our magazine range. We ought to embrace the opportunity of new titles, not all but some. The information accessible through the […]

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Network Services system upgrade causes problems for newsagents

September 10th, 2014 · No Comments

Newsagents who lodged returns during Network Services Netonline planned system outage – from 1pm Friday to 6pm Saturday – are receiving emails from Network saying that their returns have failed. Some in Network are blaming their newsagency software supplier. Others in Network are acknowledging the problem is Network’s to resolve. If only the left hand […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · Newsagency challenges

Newsagents respond to survey on magazine oversupply

September 4th, 2014 · No Comments

I recently asked newsagents to provide specific examples of what they consider to be magazine oversupply.  Here’s what I asked for: Please list details of what you consider to be magazine oversupply: Title name, most recent supply, average net sales. Please use a separate line of text for each title. This data will be published […]

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Newsagent magazine supply standards

August 30th, 2014 · 7 Comments

In February 2005 I spoke at a breakfast meeting of magazine publishers in Sydney and presented a suggested list of magazine key performance indicators. In cleaning up yesterday I found the list and thought I’d publish it here for comment. Scale out to reflect title performance in that outlet with proposed supply to be no more […]

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Where are the magazine publishers?

August 29th, 2014 · 2 Comments

I published a post yesterday inviting magazine publishers to speak with newsagents here about damaging early returns. It would be good to see more publishers join in – or are early returns not an issue? 5 likes

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Tags: magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Newsagency challenges

Yes, there is a magazine called Chicks Smashing Grunters

August 29th, 2014 · 22 Comments

Chicks Smashing Grunters is a new magazine title being distributed by IPS. Thankfully, we did not receive this title. I know one newsagent who received fifty copies yesterday. They think they will sell all if not most. Extraordinary. The title itself sounds wrong. Yes, we are not our customers. 8 likes

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · magazines · Social responsibility

Inviting magazine publishers to speak up about ignorant early return behaviour

August 28th, 2014 · 40 Comments

I had a discussion with Terry Thelwell of Lovatts at the NANA Newsagent of the Year Awards in Sydney last week about the poor behaviour of some newsagents in early returning magazines. Terry and I have discussed this often and the data Lovatts has of newsagents early returning to a point where they have considerably less on […]

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Newsagents infuriated by IPS supply of colouring books

August 23rd, 2014 · 19 Comments

Fairfax owned IPS has made a dreadful decision to scale out colouring books to newsagents. We can source similar quality colouring book products which will carry a 50% and more gross profit so there is no commercial sense for us to sell these titles on magazine margins. IPS management is not responding. They need to as […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Ugh!

Inside Out magazine still cheap at Coles

August 23rd, 2014 · 2 Comments

If every newsagents needed a reason to quit Inside Out magazine it is the continued discounting being run for the title at Coles. Given how Coles operates this has to be a publisher initiative. The Exclusive to Coles bookmark in each copy tells shoppers to not purchase the title elsewhere so why should we stock […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · magazines

How does the ACCC set its priorities?

August 20th, 2014 · 2 Comments

The ACCC chairman has been all over the media this week touting a victory over Maggie Beer and what the ACCC says is misleading labelling. I don’t see how any shopper considering purchasing Maggie Beer products could have been misled. The products are conceived and developed in Maggie Beer’s kitchen in the Barossa Valley. That […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management

Share your magazine oversupply evidence

August 18th, 2014 · No Comments

I have created a survey for you to record details of magazine oversupply. List specific details, by title, details of recent oversupply experiences. Data needs to be  in a specific format with one line per title. Here’s he survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JCHT3H8 You can response more than once if you have more oversupply experiences. 1 likes

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New survey: magazine oversupply stories

August 16th, 2014 · No Comments

I have created a new one-question survey on magazine over supply. I’d like you to list specific details, by title, details of recent oversupply experiences. I am keen for the data to be in a specific format with one line per title. Here’s he survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JCHT3H8 I’ll publish all the results here next week. 1 […]

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What can magazine publishers and or magazine distributors do to stop newsagents early returning magazines?

August 14th, 2014 · 9 Comments

I asked this question as part of my early returns survey this past weekend. Here are all the responses – from survey participants, not me – to this question exactly as entered except for some spelling corrected. The sequence is that in which they were entered by newsagents with response #144 being the first. Magazine […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency opportunities · Newsagent representation

Delayed billing does not play in newsagent magazine early return decisions

August 13th, 2014 · 2 Comments

72.62% of newsagents participating in the early returns survey on the weekend have indicated that delayed billing does not impact early returns decisions. This will shock some magazine publishers. I know of publishers who have been encouraged to introduce delayed billing to reduce early returns. Are you listening publishers? I sincerely hope so. I created this […]

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

Newsagency magazine early returns survey results

August 12th, 2014 · No Comments

168 responses to my magazine rely returns survey provide a valuable  insight into newsagent thinking on early magazine returns. 167 of the 168 respondents undertake early returns. 100 say they return the day magazines come in and 67 say they early return before the end of the month but not the day they come in. […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Management tip · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · newsagency of the future · Social responsibility

ACCC has time for dating scams but not newsagents

August 12th, 2014 · No Comments

My experience over the years with the ACCC is that they care less about situations that disadvantage small business newsagents and their customers. Despite the ACCC playing a role in the deregulation of print media distribution in Australia, they have been hands off in investigating complaints of anti-competitive of supermarkets and others compared to small business […]

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Last call: newsagent survey on early magazine returns

August 11th, 2014 · 5 Comments

Please take my four-question survey for newsagents on early return behaviour and reasons: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KLBV87H 0 likes

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Newsagent survey on early magazine returns

August 10th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Please take my four-question survey for newsagents on early return behaviour and reasons: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KLBV87H 1 likes

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Newsagent survey: why do you early return magazines?

August 9th, 2014 · 5 Comments

I have created a four question anonymous survey for newsagents on early return behaviour and reasons: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KLBV87H The results will be published here. You can see responses so far when you complete the survey. 5 likes

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Memo to Your Brides Guide publisher from a newsagent

August 8th, 2014 · 5 Comments

We received the Your Brides Guide yesterday for the first time and I’m ready to early return the lot. However, as it’s a full copy return and bulk, I am going to give it a couple of weeks before I freight it back to Network at my cost (which sucks!!). While the title comes with […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Newsagency management · Ugh!

Kudos to Gordon & Gotch for their handling of the Bauer / Network IT failure

August 6th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Magazine distributor Gordon and Gotch was impacted by the IT meltdown experienced by Bauer Media’s network Services last week. Kudos to Gotch for sending out this email to newsagents: Dear Valued Retailer, Due to the Network / XIT problems last week a number of returns claims sent last Wednesday /Thursday (30th and 31st July) were […]

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Gotch magazine returns audit crackdown

August 5th, 2014 · 14 Comments

Newsagents have told me about a crackdown by magazine distributor Gordon and Gotch on magazine returns claims. They are cross-checking supply and sales data against returns claims and going back to newsagents where the data does not add up. While Gotch has spot checked returns for years, they now appear more attentive. Newsagents over claiming returns […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Newsagency management