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Helping a newsagent prepare for a GNS meeting

August 21st, 2015 · 4 Comments

A fellow newsagent is meeting with senior GNS management Monday next week following comments on a blog post here. I have opened this thread for others to comment about what they are looking for from GNS operationally and product-wise that this newsagent could raise in their meeting. I am happy to receive private comments at […]

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Tags: Newsagency management · Newsagent representation

How one newsagent leveraged the local paper out of Woolworths

August 21st, 2015 · No Comments

A newsagent shared this story with me recently about how they won a local newspaper back to their business and out of Woolworths. In their own words, with identifying details edited out, here is their story: One of the local papers some time ago put their paper in the local Woolworths supermarket located very close […]

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Tags: Newsagency management · Newsagency opportunities · Newsagent representation · Newspapers · Social responsibility

Making the case to Transurban for better commission on Citylink top-up

August 12th, 2015 · 1 Comment

I have made a submission through Touch to transurban pitching for an increase in commission for newsagents from the current 55 cent transaction fee. I was invited to make the submission following several emails to management on behalf of newsagents. Here is part of what I wrote: Newsagents pay around $23.00 an hour for employees […]

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Tags: Management tip · Newsagency challenges · Newsagent representation

Can newsagents trust the ANF promotion of Hubbed?

August 7th, 2015 · 3 Comments

If the ANF wants newsagents to support them as an industry association they need to retreat for commercial activity. Yesterday, the ANF sent out an email to newsagents promoting Hubbed. The communication has no disclosure as to commercial arrangements between Hubbed and the ANF. A while back, following an outcry from newsagents, the ANF said it […]

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Is the IBIS report on newsagencies based on flawed Hubbed pitch?

July 31st, 2015 · No Comments

Reading the IBISWorld Industry Report OD5495: Newsagencies in Australia, I am left wondering how wide their research took them since they place considerable emphasis on the Hubbed Connect platform. There are nine references over 29 pages including this from page 11: The Connect model, which is being offered to newsagencies, is anticipated to provide significant growth […]

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Tags: Hubbed · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · Newsagent representation

Good to see the redundant N not on TVCs

July 24th, 2015 · No Comments

It is good to see UK partworks publishers not including the N symbol on TV commercials currently running. The N symbol is not a unifying symbol as many newsagents do not use it and among those who do there are several versions dating back to the original release many years ago. 5 likes

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Tags: Newsagency management · Newsagent representation

Why I think the ANF advice on adult colouring is flawed

July 11th, 2015 · 4 Comments

The ANF published an article this week about adult colouring that focused only on products from Gotch and Network. I hope newsagents do not rely on the ANF advice as it is flawed and late, many months late. Adult colouring is not a recent craze. Newsagents in newsagency marketing groups or plugged to trends know this […]

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Tags: Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · Newsagency opportunities · Newsagent representation

Cheap old magazines damage the newsagency brand

June 26th, 2015 · No Comments

While for sure there is a debate about the Newsagency shingle, for the majority of newsagency businesses it remains the key identifier of the business. This is why it is frustrating to see a display like this outside a newsagency. In my opinion this display damages the business and the broader newsagency brand. I don’t […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · Newsagent representation

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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Tags: magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Newsagent representation

More correspondence on the ANF handling of the MPA trial

June 12th, 2015 · No Comments

Yesterday, I received an email from the ANF CEO despite the ANF Chairman saying ANF staff had been directed to not respond.  Here is that email: Mark I am writing directly to you as I feel that I need to respond to your comments, in relation to what I have supposedly done. Firstly I have […]

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Correspondence with the ANF on the proposed magazine supply rule changes

June 11th, 2015 · 33 Comments

I emailed the CEO of the ANF on May 31 after being shown correspondence between him and a newsagent in which he referred to me. Click here to see the text of my email. The ANF chairman responded to me last week. Click here to see this letter Here is my response sent yesterday to […]

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

The ANF ignores questions about what its representatives have said about the MPA pilot

May 31st, 2015 · 5 Comments

I have heard from several newsagents that representative of the ANF has been critical of me at public meetings and critical of what I have said about the MPA pilot of proposed new magazine supply rules. The first time I heard this I contacted the ANF staffer who reportedly spoke about me, Ann Nugent in […]

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Further submission to the ACCC on proposed trial of magazine supply rule changes

May 13th, 2015 · 29 Comments

Yesterday, I lodged another submission with the ACCC in relation to the application by the MPA to trial new magazine supply rules for newsagents. Click here to download the submission. The submission is also on the public register of the ACCC. Like my first submission which the ACCC already has to consider, this submission was made on behalf […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Newsagency management · Newsagent representation

The ANF fails newsagents on its loyalty promotion

May 7th, 2015 · 4 Comments

The ANF appears confused about its support for the Rewardle loyalty program saying it is launching the program, then that it is not launching the program and then that it is launching the program. No wonder newsagents shake their heads in despair about this organisation. Here is the headline of the ANF announcement on April […]

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Mumbrella covers MPA newsagent magazine supply rule change proposal

May 2nd, 2015 · 13 Comments

Media news website Mumbrella yesterday covered the ACCC conference held last week to consider the application by the MPA to trial new magazine supply rules. I appreciate the time they took to learn about the proposed trial and the concerns it represents for newsagents. This the first time I can recall such public coverage of the […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Newsagent representation

Newsagents are being let down by their associations on magazine supply rule trial

April 28th, 2015 · 4 Comments

I am disappointed in the poor reporting by the ANF of the ACCC conference held Thursday last week to consider issues raised about the proposed trial of new magazine supply rules. The note published does not accurately report what happened. Nor does it accurately inform newsagents about the trial. My view is that the reporting reflects […]

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ACCC conference listens to newsagent concerns over proposed magazine supply changes

April 24th, 2015 · 41 Comments

The ACCC conference to consider a trial of new magazine supply rules held yesterday in response to a request I submitted on behalf of newsXpress was well attended. Major magazine publishers attended along with the MPA, lawyers, the ANF, VANA and NANA, several newsagents and a rep from POS Solutions. While the main conference room was […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · Newsagency marketing group · Newsagent representation

Westpac to quit small business agency outlets for Australia Post

April 21st, 2015 · 17 Comments

Small business newsagents and other retailers operating a Westpac banking agency within in their retail business heard in a phone hookup with Westpac yesterday that they are to lose their agency business. Westpac has contracted with Australia Post to take over local Westpac agency operations. This is a blow to these locally owned newsagencies and […]

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Tags: Australia Post · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency opportunities · Newsagent representation

ACCC sets details for conference on proposed magazine rule changes

April 14th, 2015 · 4 Comments

Following a request I wrote on behalf of newsXpress newsagents, the ACCC has decided to hold a pre decision conference with newsXpress and other interested parties about the MPA proposed trial of magazine supply rule changes. This is an opportunity for newsagents to be heard on the proposed magazine supply changes, an opportunity missed by those […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines · Newsagent representation

The best source for labour rate and public holiday information

April 11th, 2015 · No Comments

Some newsagents retain association membership to access labour rate and public holiday information. If this is you, save yourself the money. Click here for an accurate public holiday list. Click here to access the Fair Work Ombudsman Award finder. Here are other free resources some newsagents use associations for: Advice on checking shopper bags for possible […]

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ACCC schedules a pre-decision conference of MPA magazine supply pilot in response to newsXpress submission

April 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

I received this from the ACCC today as I suspect others who made submissions did. I am pleased they have responded positively to the newsXpress request for a pre-decision conference. Dear Sir or Madam, I write in relation to the authorisation application lodged by the Magazine Publishers of Australia (A91472). A pre-decision conference has been […]

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One newsagent’s plea on lotteries and supermarkets

March 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

Here’s a letter published in The Land from newsagent Rod King at Bingara, making his case on supermarkets and lotteries. I’m glad Rod wrote the letter and that The Land published it for the argument it makes about excessing supermarket power in Australia. The reach of Coles and Woolworths is, as I understand it, greater than most […]

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Tags: Lotteries · Newsagent representation

ANF suppliers conference

February 26th, 2015 · 4 Comments

I have been asked by several people if the newsagent supplier forums I am hosting are in response to the ANF suppliers conference. The answer is no. I was not aware of this ANF suppliers conference until yesterday. I received from the ANF to newsXpress last year about an event it was planning but that event […]

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Why do people buy more Back To School items at supermarkets than newsagents?

January 23rd, 2015 · 15 Comments

Woolworths and Coles are doing well with Back to School because they do it well. Just check out your local Woolworths to see the consistency in all their floor display units. Their consistent corporate branding takes precedence with the product brand secondary. There is an excellent visual connection between the units and this strengthens the […]

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Tags: Newsagency challenges · Newsagency opportunities · Newsagent representation · Stationery

Unhelpful commentary from Michael Pascoe on newsagents

January 22nd, 2015 · 1 Comment

Fairfax published a comment piece today by Michael Pascoe, BusinessDay Contributing Editor, about the decision being faced by the NSW government on where Tatts lottery products can be sold and the lobbying by NSW newsagents for continued protection. While I agree with some of what Pascoe writes on this topic, his commentary is ignorant in some areas. For example: […]

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Tags: Lotteries · Newsagency · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · Newsagent representation