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Entries Tagged as 'newsagency of the future'

At the Connections conference in Cairns

August 27th, 2015 · No Comments

I have been at the Bauer Connections Conference in Cairns this week. It was good to see the inclusion of several of the newsagency marketing groups at the conference as they offer platforms of consistency, marketing, management and optimism for newsagents. I think Bauer inviting representatives of the groups was a smart move as it […]

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Tags: Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · newsagency of the future · Newsagency opportunities · Optimism

Stunning plush sales in the newsagency in August

August 26th, 2015 · 1 Comment

We have sold more than forty premium plush items each priced at $100 and more in the newsagency so far this month. Also so far this month, sales of $9.99 plush items targeted at girls 8 to 12 are up 22% with sales at over 500 units. A carefully planned and executed strategy attracting new shoppers to the business […]

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Adult colouring art therapy in the newsagency

August 7th, 2015 · No Comments

Here is our current adult colouring art therapy offer at the front of the newsagency. The display in the photo is one of three locations where we have similar product. We have served this niche for almost all 2015. It’s been highly profitable. We are discussing our exit since many retailers nearby are now in the space including discount […]

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Happy newsagents at the Gift Fair

August 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

It’s been a thrill to catch up with many happy newsagents at the Gift Fair. I have seen plenty of smiles and optimism and heard of money being spent on new product categories through which they are changing their businesses. 3 likes

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A Disney pitch behind the counter

August 1st, 2015 · No Comments

We have refreshed our behind the counter offer with a range of Disney art pieces by Pop Artist Romero Britto. Disney collectors love them. Britto fans love them. They are an adorable gift. Better still, they are a perfect behind the counter offer for pitching what the business stands for compared to others. 3 likes

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Tags: Gifts · newsagency of the future · Newsagency opportunities

Perth newsagents for sale

July 29th, 2015 · No Comments

READ ALL ABOUT IT is an interesting article online published by Perth Interactive Voice. It starts with a compelling opening paragraph: DOZENS of Perth newsagents are selling up amid fierce competition from major retailers and the rise of online media. The article goes on to respite about a proactive newsagent diversifying to attract more shoppers. […]

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Sunday newsagency challenge: risk $500

July 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Give a staff member who has never had responsibility for purchasing stock up to $500 to spend on a new product for your business. Tell them to find new products you have never sold that they think will help attract new shoppers to the business. Stay out of their way. Let them spend the money, […]

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Sunday newsagency challenge: replace EVERYTHING at your counter

July 19th, 2015 · No Comments

Remove everything you sell at your counter from the counter and replace it with completely different products that are usually not at your counter. This idea is designed to disrupt you and your customers. Track the results for a week and see how they compare to what you usually sell from the counter. If you keep doing […]

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RETAIL NEWSAGENCY SALES BENCHMARK APRIL – JUNE 2015 vs. 2014

July 15th, 2015 · No Comments

The June quarter was tough newsagents. Sales in the core traffic driver of magazines declined more sharply than in recent quarters. Add to this the continuing decline in newspaper sales and we ought to be very concerned as the traffic from print media sits been at the core of viability for many newsagencies. Cards, too, […]

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Growing a high street newsagency – a story of inspiration for newsagents

July 14th, 2015 · No Comments

I my analysis for the April – June newsagency sales benchmark study I am fortunate to have data for this suburban high street newsagent. The year on year results reflect the challenges of the traditional newsagency and the benefits to be gained by approaching the challenges as opportunities: Number of sales: up by 1%. Average sale […]

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Monocle publisher Tyler Brule ignorantly rips into Australian newsagents

July 13th, 2015 · 26 Comments

Tyler Brule, publisher of Monocle magazine is quoted by B&T in an article titled: Print’s Biggest Problem Is Aussie Newsagents Are Crap: Tyler Brule “You go into lots of news agencies in Australia,” Brule told B&T,  “and it’s not a very nice experience. They haven’t changed for decades and that’s not in a good way. I’m not saying […]

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The Toowoomba Chronicle is clumsy in focussing on the newsagency channel

July 9th, 2015 · 3 Comments

After the Toowoomba Chronicle ran the story about a newsagency closure, they ran a poll asking people if they visit a newsagency at least once a week. It’s a dumb question in my view, too narrow in focus. Embedded in the question is the suggestion people visit newsagencies less than they used to. As I […]

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Unfortunate reporting Toowoomba Chronicle on newsagencies

July 9th, 2015 · 4 Comments

Reporting on the closure recently of the Mercer and Windley Newsagency on Ruthven Street in Toowoomba, the Toowoomba Chronicle let the newsagency channel down. They have done a soft piece that fuels wrong assumptions about the newsagency channel. This newsagency should not have closed. The closure is the fault of the business owner. Sure newspaper sales are declining […]

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Why I do not champion the convenience model for newsagents

July 8th, 2015 · No Comments

The convenience model is one some Australian newsagents have embraced and one I know others are considering. By convenience I mean a shop offering tobacco, candy, ready to eat food, lotteries, newspapers, top selling magazines and other high traffic everyday items people purchase locally or on the go. Convenience businesses are strong in Australia. IBISWorld says […]

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If you are in Queensland…

July 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

Gift HQ is a terrific trade show in Brisbane starting tomorrow. I am one of eight speakers speaking on business development and growth topics. I am sharing New Loyalty insights. Anyone visiting Gift HQ who would like to catch up let me know: 0418 321 338. 4 likes

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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

How the tables turn – newsagents become the threat to niche retailers

June 30th, 2015 · 1 Comment

I have been part of a discussion elsewhere over the last few days where a number of independent niche retailers are criticising newsagents for moving onto their turf. Passions have run high in the discussion as the niche retailers and their fans have pilloried newsagents and claimed we don’t have the same care for their customers. There […]

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Sunday newsagency management top: your end of financial year to do list

June 28th, 2015 · No Comments

Here is a list of things you need to do this week with the new Financial Year kicking in on July 1: Take a backup at the close of business on June 30. While not all software systems will require this, it is better to be safe. Store the backup off-site. Ensure it is labelled. […]

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Would you purchase a corporate Australia Post outlet?

June 27th, 2015 · 4 Comments

With the news yesterday of redundancies at Australia Post and the talk of corporate store closures, I’d be interested to know your thoughts on purchasing a government owned Australia Post retail outlet and merging this with your newsagency. A few years back when I had one directly opposite me at Forest Hill in Victoria and […]

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Newsagency of the Future on the Gold Coast next week

June 27th, 2015 · No Comments

The next Newsagency of the Future workshop is Wednesday July 1 at 11 am at the Surfers Paradise Marriott. Click here to book. It’s free. As with each workshop, this one is an evolution from the last (in Cairns last Saturday). The content evolves as more insights are gained and more data harvested. The changes […]

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Leveraging the GoT franchise

June 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

With the latest series at an end, now is the time to leverage Game of Thrones merchandise. Anything with Jon Snow is especially popular. If you are asking what is game of Thrones you are too late. If you are asking which suppliers have product you are probably already too late. For these pop culture […]

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Newsagents ought to try the online Tatts experience

June 23rd, 2015 · 5 Comments

I have been trying out the Tatts mobile and online facilities to understand how they operate and compare the experience to the usual in-store experience. Regulars here will know that I think online represents a far greater risk to newsagent lottery traffic and revenue than supermarkets yet newsagent associations have focused their attention primarily on the […]

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Tags: Lotteries · Newsagency management · newsagency of the future

Watching Australia Post

June 19th, 2015 · No Comments

I urge newsagents to read the excellent John Durie article in the deal lift-out in The Australian today. Also read the accompanying piece by Glenda Korporaal. Both articles speak to challenges we face in our businesses, challenges being faced by Australia Post too. There is an optimist underpinning the Australia Post story. What Australia Post […]

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Great growth story from a regional newsagency

June 12th, 2015 · 2 Comments

I have been fortunate to see sales data for a regional newsagency run by the same owners for more than fifteen years. In the twelve months to the end of May 2015, this business increased revenue by 13% over the previous twelve months. This is an excellent result. Better still, the business increased gross profit […]

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Newsagency of the Future workshops added: Geelong, Perth, Gold Coast

June 4th, 2015 · No Comments

I have added more dates for the Newsagency of the Future 2015 workshop series: Geelong. Thursday June 18 @ 1pm. (To allow for magazine work in the morning.) BOOK HERE. Cairns. Saturday June 20 @ 9AM.. BOOK HERE. Perth. Tuesday June 30 @ 10am. BOOK HERE. Gold Coast. Wednesday July 1 @ 11am. BOOK HERE. I promise a […]

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