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Entries Tagged as 'magazine distribution'

Nic & Rocco reissue of damaged stock by Bauer wastes newsagent time and money

October 30th, 2014 · 9 Comments

Almost a year ago, Bauer Media issued Nic & Rocco Sweet Sensations. I blogged about it at the time. Today, they sent it out again. This time it’s stock that has been around the block. Many copies are damaged. What a waste of time and money! What an appalling and unfair treatment of newsagents. I consider […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Ugh!

I don’t want Inside Out

October 30th, 2014 · 4 Comments

With the arrangement between News Life Media and Coles which sees Inside Out magazine priced at $2.00 less in Coles than my newsagency and with two Coles curer markets in my centre I see no point in carrying this title and promoting my business as being more expensive. More important, I need to make a stand […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · magazines

ANF offers emotion over leadership to newsagents on magazine oversupply

October 24th, 2014 · 8 Comments

At the ANF’s National Newsagent blog this week, under the headline of My heart bleeds for these newsagents, the ANF published a letter from a Western Australian newsagent about magazine supply issues including oversupply. Rather than providing leadership on the issue, what is supposed to be the peak body of the newsagency channel offers emotion […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · magazines · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · Social responsibility

Meeting with XchangeIT

October 23rd, 2014 · 6 Comments

I met with Chris Leach the CEO of XchangeIT today as part of a regular discussion Chris has with the various newsagency software companies. I took the opportunity to express concern that newsagents are pressured to provide accurate sales data yet we see little benefit in return. While it is outside his purview, Chris listened […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · magazines · Social responsibility · XchangeIT

Newsagents caring less about accurate data as a result of worsening magazine oversupply

October 23rd, 2014 · 13 Comments

A newsagents who recently got pinged by XchangeIT for failing to meet their standards expressed anger at abuse of their business by the imagine distributors for overloading them with stock. Digging into the situation, there was no issue with data quality, just timing. So, the distributors receive accurate sales and return data but it is […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · magazines

Is it unethical to send more stock of a title a newsagent without justification?

October 22nd, 2014 · 4 Comments

Imagine the surprise of a newsagent this week when they received additional stock of Modern Wedding Styling magazine when they still had stock on the shelves from the August allocation. There is no sales history to indicate they will get through the initial allocation. So, the newsagent topped the supply this week and early returned […]

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

Evidence Bauer Media sales based replenishment of magazines to newsagents is not based on sales data

October 22nd, 2014 · 4 Comments

Thank you for sending your sales data. Based on the information you have provided, we have raised an extra order on your behalf. This order will be delivered to you on the next available delivery day. Outlined below is a list of what the order will contain. This is the opening of an email this […]

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Tags: Competition · Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · Ugh! · XchangeIT

Magazine publishers who make supermarkets more appealing than newsagents risk the future of our channel

October 21st, 2014 · 33 Comments

For years there have been differences between how suppliers who supply newsagents and supermarkets with the same products treat these competing retail channels. While newsagents have complained, they have done nothing about it. I think we are approaching a time when we will need to act. The challenges now are about much more than better […]

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Tags: Competition · Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · newsagency of the future · supplier arrogance · Ugh!

Network fixed journal delayed billing error

October 13th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Network Services late this afternoon issues an email to newsagents advising that the journals distributed today from Universal magazines are , indeed, delay billed. While this is welcome news I suspect some newsagents will have processed returns already – because of lack of advice from Network and because they don’t need journals at sub-par margin. […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines

Newsagents frustrated at journal supply

October 13th, 2014 · 1 Comment

I’ve heard from several newsagents about the Paper Pocket branded journals received today from Network Services.  These are from Universal Magazines. They are part of the calendar offer newsagents were given the opportunity to opt out of. Billing is delayed. While they are 33% margin, that’s short of where they need to be to be […]

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Tags: Calendars · Diaries · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management

It’s a mystery

October 13th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Network Services sent us a new product: Bungees. Mystery Pack it says.  Well, it’s a mystery to us why they would send us this item. No thanks. 25% if an offensively low GP for a toy item. It makes us less competitive when suppliers send us unrequested product that it not appropriate to our business model. 5 […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Newsagency management · supplier arogance · Ugh!

We need faster access to licenced product

October 8th, 2014 · No Comments

Frozen is the latest licence to take off, delivering extraordinary results around the world. From clothing to greeting cards to dolls to activity cards. There is more Frozen product for sale newsagencies in the UK than is currently the case in Australia. Those involved in the supply chain to Australian newsagents need to reduce the time […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management

How newsagents can act on calendar supply by magazine distributors

October 7th, 2014 · No Comments

As promised a few days ago, here are my thoughts on how newsagents can act on the supply of calendars by magazine distributors where we have little or no control on supply and where margins are considerably lower than what we can achieve ourselves through direct relationships. If you have been supplied calendars that you […]

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Tags: Calendars · Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Newsagency management · Social responsibility

A single drop of long on-sale magazine titles not appreciated by newsagents

October 3rd, 2014 · 4 Comments

With more and more newsagents reducing space allocated to magazines newsagencies are no longer geared to warehouse stock sent to last through a long on-sale. Whereas in the past holding bundles of stock for three months was acceptable, today it is not. Technology should be used to apply product based on sales through the on-sale. Publishers […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines

Were you overloaded with magazines and calendars today?

October 2nd, 2014 · 55 Comments

I’ve received emails from several newsagents angry as the volume of magazines and calendars delivered today. I thought I’d open this post for feedback from anyone who wants to identify supply they consider to be unreasonable. 14 likes

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Tags: magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply

Woman’s Day wedding issue

October 1st, 2014 · 7 Comments

Info just in from Network Servcies on a special edition for eastern seaboard states (excluding far north Queensland) of Woman’s Day out tomorrow: There’s an additional Woman’s Day being delivered tomorrow to replace the stock that is currently on the shelf. It’s the same magazine, but with a 16 page cover wrap of George Clooney’s […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines

Expensive magazine partworks returns

September 30th, 2014 · 8 Comments

Several newsagents have contacted me about the freight costs in sending boxed of unsold part 1 of new partworks back to the distributors. My experience is that distributors will cover this if you contact them and explain that the allocation of oversupply is their responsibility. If the supply model was more accurate such wastage could […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · partworks

Overloaded with The Block magazine

September 29th, 2014 · 2 Comments

We have been sent three times more copies of The Block magazine than we sold last year. That doesn’t make sense to me. This is a perfect title to be supplied using the Bauer Media Sales Based Replenishment program and not using newsagencies as warehouses. I decided to early return stock at the weekend and reduce […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines

Loom band title too late for newsagents

September 29th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Amazing Loom Bands is a title that has arrived in-store a few months too late as the latest incarnation of the Loom band craze has passed for now. Australia is ahead as Loom bands seem to be big in the UK right now. The other issue with this magazine is the price – $16.95 is […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines

Calendar terms illustrate the brokenness of the Australian magazine distribution model and how it hurts newsagents

September 23rd, 2014 · 8 Comments

The margin newsagents make on calendars from magazine distributors are a perfect example of the brokenness of the newsagency magazine distribution model. Distributors and publishers think they are doing us a favour offering 40% gross profit can delayed billing to January. These terms are out of date, they are unacceptable. I make 60% from calendars […]

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

Terrific set your own supply initiative from Network Services

September 17th, 2014 · 2 Comments

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 · 2 Comments

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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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines

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