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Another example of oversupply of small business newsagents by Bauer Media

April 28th, 2015 · 2 Comments

While Bauer Media representatives said to the ACCC last they want to help newsagents with a fairer magazine supply model, back at the office the people reporting to them scaled out HOME ENTERTAINMENT: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to newsagents. This publication was tagged New for 2014. Seriously, new for 2014. What happened yesterday is that newsagents […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Social responsibility

ANZAC Day

April 25th, 2015 · No Comments

I am thinking of newsagents touched by war today. While ANZAC Day commemorates a horror, it is also a day for reflection on other battles in pursuit of what we hold dear. I have heard newsagents talk of family loss through war and how this affected the business. I offer this post today as a placement for […]

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Tags: Social responsibility

Confronting the Scoop oversupply issue

April 13th, 2015 · No Comments

Over the weekend I emailed several contact points at Scoop about their oversupply as I wrote about here last week. The email speaks for itself. I wrote it because I’m of the view we need to hold publishers account for the oversupply we are hit with given that magazine distributors have done little to address […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Social responsibility

Magazine distributor IPS completes today’s trifecta of magazine oversupply of small business newsagents

April 13th, 2015 · 13 Comments

A newsagent contacted me this morning to advice IPS, the Fairfax owned magazine distributor, has supplied 92 copies of Wild Boar magazine in response to sales data showing net average sales of 39 copies. This oversupply will cost the newsagent time, labour and cash. it will cost the publisher service fees – as the distributor […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Social responsibility

Is this behaviour by magazine distributor Bauer Media’s Network Services unethical?

April 13th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Check out the supply and return data for Modern Wedding Cakes & Styling for a newsagent who contacted me yesterday. They received 3 copies of edition #17 on 21/7/2014. They didn’t sell any. On 12/1/2015, Bauer sent them another two copies. They have still not sold any. Today, they receive two more copies. Newsagents are […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Social responsibility

Magazine distributor Gordon & Gotch fails newsagents with Valentine’s Day title

April 13th, 2015 · No Comments

Gordon and Gotch is today (Monday) distributing Good Things Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day was six weeks ago. There is no sense in supplying this title now and doing so makes newsagents less competitive. It will cost those who receive it time, space, eight and cash. Gotch would still be able to scale out this title to […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Social responsibility

People coming late to support newsagent pressure on proposed magazine supply rule changes

April 8th, 2015 · No Comments

It is interesting seeing those who claim to support and serve newsagents now supporting requests for the ACCC to listen to newsagent concerns about the trial of new magazine supply rules after the ACCC has agreed to hold a public conference on this. Makes me wonder where they were over the last couple of months when those […]

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Tags: Ethics · Social responsibility

Reporting tobacco cover-up requirements in the UK

April 6th, 2015 · No Comments

The Times has a story today, Crisis at the corner shop as newsagents rush to hide cigarettes, which reports on the challenges faced by UK tobacco retailers, especially newsagents, to meet the demands of UK legislation requiring placing tobacco products behind doors. I don’t like their use of the word crisis in the headline. I […]

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Tags: Social responsibility · Tobacco sales

Must read: Fairfax report on News Corp tax affairs

April 6th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Fairfax newspapers this morning have published a report claiming News Corp. has sent $4.5 billion to the US virtually tax free. Rupert Murdoch’s media empire in the US has siphoned off $4.5 billion of cash and shares from his Australian media businesses in the past two years, virtually tax free. According to calculations by University of NSW accounting academic, Jeffrey Knapp, […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newspapers · Social responsibility

How would this title from Network Services be handled by the proposed new magazine rules?

April 4th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Unless I am missing something, this behaviour by Network Services would be permitted under the magazine supply rules the MPA has developed and the ANF endorsed: this magazine, SpongeBob and his Buddies, which failed at one newsagency in April 2014, has been sent to another newsagency. Unless it is a redistribution to the newsagency receiving it now, […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Social responsibility

Newsagents given the ability to compete on magazines

April 1st, 2015 · 14 Comments

Australian small business newsagents will rejoice today on the news of a new magazine supply model to start immediately. Newsagents control the titles they receive. Newsagents control the volume of each issue they receive. Magazine distributors to suggest range and volume which newsagents can accept or reject. Newsagents, publishers and distributors agree on a benchmark returns percentage. All returns […]

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Tags: Ethics · Fun · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Social responsibility

Ethics in business

April 1st, 2015 · No Comments

As I write this (Tuesday 4:05pm), I am sitting in a regional airport lounge listening to a car dealer on the phone tell his staff how to fudge sales figures so they continue to be in the running to win an award from the respected car brand they sell. They are booking ten sales by […]

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Tags: Ethics · Social responsibility

ACCC submission in relation to newsagency magazine supply trial

March 30th, 2015 · 23 Comments

The ACCC has proposed to authorise Magazine Publishers Australia to conduct a trial of an alternative magazine supply model. As I wrote here in November, I think the proposed code of conduct changes are ill conceived and will not address the unfairness for newsagents compared to others with whom we compete. Earlier this month I encouraged newsagents to […]

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Tags: Environment · Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · Newsagency opportunities · Social responsibility

Fairfax duds newsagents with Financial Review price rise

March 28th, 2015 · 16 Comments

Fairfax has announced the cover price of the Australian Financial Review increases 8.5% from Tuesday April 7 yet the gross profit increase permitted by Fairfax to retail newsagents is only 2.5%. Fairfax is double dipping. They are increasing the cover price and reducing the margin permitted. This is an appalling move by Fairfax against small business newsagents. […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newspapers · Social responsibility

Disappointing to see the AFL support Coles

March 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

I have complained to the AFL over their exclusive promotion of Micro-Figures with Coles timed for the start of the AFL season. Local newsagency businesses are key supporters and sponsors of local grass-roots football teams. The AFL should be careful about supporting Coles as it will make us wonder about the respect given to our local team support. […]

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Tags: Competition · Social responsibility

Australians love products that do good beyond the products themselves

March 5th, 2015 · No Comments

Many retail businesses and retail brands are doing good through their product and shoppers are making decisions based on this socially responsible activity. An early adopter was Hallmark through their support for the National Breast cancer Foundation. Internationally, The Body Shop set a high benchmark. Now, we have many retailers and suppliers doing good thanks […]

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Tags: Ethics · Gifts · Social responsibility

Well done News Corp. and Courier Mail

March 4th, 2015 · 1 Comment

I was pleased to see News Corp’s Courier Mail use their newspaper today and their social media platforms to make a plaintive call for the Indonesian Government to not kill the two Australian drug traffickers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. While I prefer to see newspapers focus on reporting news, in this instance the front […]

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Tags: Social responsibility

Sunday newsagency marketing tip: refresh your charity commitments

February 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

This sign I saw last week in a pizza shop seeking local sponsorship opportunities got me thinking about how newsagents connect with local community groups. I know in my own case I’ve supported the same group for years through the newsagency business before wondering if it was the best relationship. It could be useful to reconsider the […]

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Tags: marketing · marketing tip · newsagency marketing · Social responsibility

APN disrespects newsagents with Daily Mercury promotion

February 11th, 2015 · 3 Comments

The marketing and promotions department from the APN owned The Daily Mercury newspaper in Mackay has launched a promotion offering a $5,000 classroom makeover as the prize. Readers collect tokens for their school over the duration of the promotion (Feb. 14 – Mar. 16) and the school with the most tokens at the end wins. A $500 […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newspapers · Social responsibility

Trends in retail: the sharing economy and opportunities for newsagents

January 16th, 2015 · No Comments

Sharing is cool right now and engagement is growing across a number of engagement points. In cities we can see parking spots allocated to vehicles that are shared. There are websites dedicated to enabling people to share items used infrequently like tools and baby furniture. I have seen services in the US for sharing high-end […]

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Tags: Newsagency management · Social responsibility

The case for newsagents newsagents receiving more margin from magazines

January 12th, 2015 · 14 Comments

Australian retail newsagents is a direct account with magazine distributors make 25% of the cover price of a magazine. Distribution newsagents make 25% and have to share that with retailers they supply. The share they make can range from 12.5% to as high as 5% depending on terms negotiated. Newsagents want more than 25%. While some […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · Newsagency opportunities · Newsagent representation · Newsagent suppliers · Newspaper distribution · Newspapers · Social responsibility

Newsagents: beware counterfeit licenced product

January 5th, 2015 · 3 Comments

Licenced brands are important in our businesses. Licenced brands like Frozen, Sesame Street, Disney and Peppa Pig. They are licenced brands because they are licenced by the owner of the intellectual property and represent large investment in developing the licence. The challenge is that these products can be easily copied and governments are under-resourced in detecting […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newsagency management · Social responsibility

Unfair demands from Tatts on retailers at the busiest retail time of the year

December 16th, 2014 · 4 Comments

In addition to the challenge of the $30 million OzLotto jackpot tonight taking some focus from Christmas product sales, some Tatts retailers have been yelled at by their Tatts regional territory manager in an email. I say yelled at because the email font is larger than is usual for a business email and the typeface […]

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Tags: Ethics · Lotteries · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · Social responsibility

A social responsibility connection can help attract shoppers to your newsagency

December 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

At Christmas, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day we see terrific engagement from shoppers in our newsagencies with products that have a social responsibility or charity connection. Card companies have been particularly good at this engagement. As retailers have built their businesses around ethical product sourcing and charity support or social responsibility engagement in some other […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newsagency management · Social responsibility

Another example of Bauer Magazine oversupply

November 24th, 2014 · 6 Comments

I don’t want to be in a position to write this blog post. No, I want fair and justified magazine supply. I don’t want unjust treatment that is not based on data facts. My story plays out in thousands of newsagencies each week, costing our channel millions of dollars. It disadvantages us. Click on the […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Social responsibility