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Sunday newsagency management report: get it in writing

October 19th, 2014 · No Comments

I should set this post to re-publish every month as every week I get a call from a newsagent with an issue about a supplier that would be resolved if there was a signed contract documenting all obligations. This week I have had calls about a newsagency software company and a shop fitter. Last week […]

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Newsagency management: best practice performance reporting

October 14th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Year on year revenue and unit sales comparison across two trading periods is the most useful management reporting for newsagents. Regardless of the software you use, I’d expect this type of reporting the be available. Here is a video I shot a few weeks ago for newsXpress members explaining how I use the report to […]

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Sunday newsagency management tip: how stay on top of emails

October 12th, 2014 · No Comments

While email communication is not popular with millennials, it remains a key method of communication in business. Too many newsagents treat email as a secondary channel and miss out on opportunities as a result. managed well, emails can be efficiently handled and helpful to your business. here are some tips to make the medium more […]

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Sunday newsagency marketing tip: help a local business and attract more shoppers

October 12th, 2014 · No Comments

I have been fascinated to see pet groomers in action at the Pet Expo pet industry trade show in Sydney over the last two days. While I am concerned for how some dogs may feel about being groomed, the groomers were absolute professionals, doing excellent work. Watching them in action I realised this is a […]

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Sunday newsagency management tip: disappear from your business

October 5th, 2014 · No Comments

What would happen in your newsagency business if you didn’t turn up for work for a day or a few days?  I appreciate that for many newsagents the shop would not open as they run the business alone or almost alone. My question is for the others, the newsagents who are not rostered on as […]

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Take care with your backups

October 1st, 2014 · 2 Comments

This photo shows a USB stick received at my software company last week. It’s from a newsagency sending in a backup for assistance. The damage to the stick and, in particular, the part that stores data was such that the backup was useless. There is no point in backing up your data if you do […]

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Sunday newsagency management tip: make sure your employees know what you expect of them

September 28th, 2014 · No Comments

Do you employees know exactly what you expect of them? Do they each have a position description? If not, how can you be certain they are certain they know what you expect of them? A good position description outlines the goals of a role, specific tasks and how the performance of the incumbent is measured in […]

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Sunday newsagency management tip: revisit past suggestions

September 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Make a list of ideas, advice and suggestions you have been given over the last two or three years that you did not take up or embrace. I’m talking here specifically about relating to your newsagency. Go on, make a list.  Yes, write them down!  From the smallest idea to the biggest. Be honest – […]

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Sunday newsagency management tip: use a focus group to guide you

September 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Focus groups are used by many businesses to test new products, advertising campaigns, business names, product packaging, business ideas – just about anything a business might be considering. While usually a big business approach, focus groups can work in small businesses like in your newsagency. For clarification on what a focus group is and how […]

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Sunday newsagency management tip: setting tasks for your team

September 7th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Ensuring business runs the way you want when you are not there can be challenging. I have found a diary works as a single place for communication between everyone involved. However, that can be limiting when you have a lot on or very specific things to be done. This management tip is what I have […]

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Sunday newsagency management tip: train your staff to play

August 31st, 2014 · No Comments

Smart retail today is all about interacting with your products, showing them off on the shop floor so that shoppers can imagine them playing with or using the products. This is especially true with toys, puzzles, magic tricks and kinetic sand. The more you play the more you will sell. I know from my own […]

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Where do you place magazine labels?

August 29th, 2014 · 5 Comments

I have shot some training videos for people working in newsXpress newsagencies this week. Each is two or three minutes and on a single topic. Here is the three and a half minute video on magazine label placement that I thought might interest readers here: Getting stuff like this is vital for us to be seen […]

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Would you close for a family wedding?

August 26th, 2014 · 7 Comments

Further to my post ten days ago about a business closing to give the owner a break, I noticed at the weekend a cafe with this sign in the window. The cafe was closed for the wedding of the owner’s daughter. On reflection, small independent retailer businesses should not close for a holiday or to […]

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Sunday newsagency management advice: manage customer accounts with care

August 24th, 2014 · No Comments

The local newsagency is one of the few businesses where a customer can open an account without providing a personal guarantee or going through any form of credit check. Too often I see newsagency businesses where there is little or no management of these accounts. Here are my suggestions for best practice customer account management: […]

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The art of attracting new shoppers to your newsagency

August 19th, 2014 · 3 Comments

It’s an art attracting shoppers to any retail business let alone to an Australian newsagency where the old-school shingle encourages wrong assumptions and out of date expectations about the business and the products it sells. I prefer to play down the shingle and attract shoppers based on product placed specifically for that purpose. The knitting […]

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Sunday newsagency management tip: are you open the right hours?

August 17th, 2014 · No Comments

When was the last time you assessed sales by time and particularly at sales revenue at the start of the day and at the end of the day? It could be that you are opening too early or too late or that you are closing too early or too late. What does your data show? Use […]

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Poor label placement can hinder magazine sales

August 13th, 2014 · 2 Comments

I was helping a newsagent to boost magazine sales recently and trained them on label placement. They were putting labels on titles they did not need to label and they were placing the labels without care. Placing a label over the title masthead – as in the example in the photo – can make it […]

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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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Sunday newsagency management tip: manage your back room

August 10th, 2014 · No Comments

The back room of a modern newsagency is not an ideal place of work. It’s away from the heart of the business, the shop floor. Smart newsagents have reduced their use of a back room, transferring previous back room work to the shop floor and the shop counter, they have adjusted their buying so that stock needed […]

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Sunday newsagency management tip: keep your display stands full

August 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

A stand with empty pockets or hooks where products were located can be off-putting to shoppers. Messages they could take away from seeing this is: oh the best items have been sold or the business can’t afford to top up their stock or that’s a messy & incomplete stand. My experience is a full stand […]

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Sunday newsagency management tip: research what you sell

July 27th, 2014 · No Comments

Knowing more about what you sell can help you sell more. While that sounds like a glib marketing pitch, it is true. We researched The Grumpy Cat and instead of placing it on the shelves as a regular product we created small signs that connected the product with the memes on facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and […]

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Get your Disney titles together

July 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Check where you have the three Disney food titles in-store. Place them together to leverage the Disney brand. The photo shows what we have done. While we have the Cakes cookbook with food magazines, we figured it could also sell from this location. 3 likes

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Newsagency sales benchmark study: April – June 2014 compared to 2013

July 22nd, 2014 · 2 Comments

Some newsagents had a strong June 2014 quarter while the majority did not. The latest newsagency sales benchmark study shows the gap between newsagency businesses continues to widen. Here are the headline numbers: Customer traffic. 68% of newsagents recorded an average decline of 2.6% in transactions. 9% reported no change and the rest an average […]

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Sunday newsagency management tip: Ask for proof

July 20th, 2014 · 1 Comment

If a supplier claims a product is selling well, ask for proof. If someone on the phone says they have been told to call you by a colleague, your marketing group or someone else, ask for proof. If a landlord makes a promise, ask for proof – get it in writing. If a salesman makes […]

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Newsagents: beware any who claim they can get you a better lease deal

July 19th, 2014 · 1 Comment

I heard this week about a newsagent who relied on someone who claimed they could get a better lease deal and ended up paying more per square metre than a nearby competitor. The lease negotiator they used negotiated the lease for a couple of newsagencies that went broke on the back of what I’d saw […]

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