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Adelaide Advertiser alienates SA newsagents

March 26th, 2015 · 18 Comments

Check out the ad in the Adelaide Advertiser promoting a Crows sticker. What the ad does not say is that it’s available in all newsagents. Promoting Newspower is disrespectful to other SA newsagents – branded and unbranded. Newspower location numbers are down in SA so why News Corp. would hitch this promotion to only that […]

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Tags: Newspapers · Ugh!

Disappointed to see News Corp. make Woolworths look better

March 17th, 2015 · No Comments

I was disappointed to see this as in The Australian yesterday promoting an exclusive to Woolworths gift opportunity with Delicious, Australian Country Style, Taste and other News Corp. magazine titles. News Corp. should be investing in the newsagency channel instead of Woolworths. We do more for their magazines than this supermarket giant. 5 likes

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Tags: magazines · Newspapers · Ugh!

Bauer Media trials Woman’s Day price increase and botches newsagent engagement

February 2nd, 2015 · 1 Comment

Bauer Media is trialling a price increase for Woman’s Day to $4.40 in Western Australia while at the same time offering it through Coles for half price and continuing to chase sales by including it in a discount pack at 33% off. What makes the WA price increase trial worse is the poor and after […]

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Tags: Ethics · Ugh!

Check out the subscription offer in this magazine

January 8th, 2015 · 5 Comments

While I accept subscriptions are important to the sale and distribution mix of magazine publishers, sometimes they go too far, abusing our low cost retail channel for completely selfish gains. Take the latest issue of Men’s Muscle & Health. The issue has a card inserted which partially covers the title in the pocket behind. On this […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazines · Media disruption · Ugh!

The Friendship Book delivers excellent destination business

November 6th, 2014 · No Comments

We are promoting The Friendship Book for 2015 with placement in front of magazines, next to People’s Friend. As we do each year, we’ll order more stock. Our problem with this title is under supply! It’s feast or famine when ti comes to magazines! 1 likes

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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines · Ugh!

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

October 30th, 2014 · 12 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!

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!

Our card vandal is back

October 20th, 2014 · 7 Comments

We found these cards torn in our Spirit Humour stand on Saturday. Our prude shopper who judges what we sell by damaging our stock is back. What an arrogant yet weak act. Arrogant in that they clearly want a world reflecting only what they approve. Weak in that they don’t have the guts to speak […]

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Tags: confectionary · Ethics · Greeting Cards · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · Social responsibility · theft · Ugh!

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!

Fairfax prefers 7-Eleven over newsagents

September 1st, 2014 · 2 Comments

Further to my post about not being able to get The Age Good Food Guide to sell in my newsagency, Fairfax has been promoting that it’s in 7-Eleven outlets and newsagents. Thanks Fairfax. They go negotiate to get it into 7-Eleven but don’t even try and get it into better service focussed retail newsagents. This […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newspapers · Ugh!

Fairfax misses opportunity to connect with retail newsagents

August 30th, 2014 · 25 Comments

If Fairfax wants to increase over the counter sales of newspapers they need to develop a better relationship with retail newsagents. Yesterday, they published a list of newsagents offering a deal for the Good Food Guide and The Age bundled together. From what I can tell these are newsagents who also deliver the newspaper. I […]

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Tags: Newspapers · Ugh!

Tomorrow’s news today at Coles Express Goondiwindi

August 28th, 2014 · 15 Comments

Here is the display of magazines at Coles Express in Goondiwindi. The photo was taken yesterday morning. Some of the titles in the photo were due to go on sale today. The local newsagent received their stock early but did not put it out, respecting the contract. Coles, apparently, lives by a different set of […]

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Tags: Ethics · magazines · Ugh!

Newsagents infuriated by IPS supply of colouring books

August 23rd, 2014 · 25 Comments

Fairfax owned IPS has made a dreadful decision to scale out colouring books to newsagents. We can source similar quality colouring book products which will carry a 50% and more gross profit so there is no commercial sense for us to sell these titles on magazine margins. IPS management is not responding. They need to as […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · Ugh!

How one customer paid $2.00 for Yours magazine

August 9th, 2014 · 4 Comments

A customer today told me that we charge too much for Yours and that they just paid $2. They bought the Australian Women’s Weekly and Yours at a Coles Express and got Yours for $2.00. They went back later and returned AWW using the refund to buy another title they actually wanted – meaning they […]

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Tags: magazines · Ugh!

Memo to Your Brides Guide publisher from a newsagent

August 8th, 2014 · 5 Comments

We received the Your Brides Guide yesterday for the first time and I’m ready to early return the lot. However, as it’s a full copy return and bulk, I am going to give it a couple of weeks before I freight it back to Network at my cost (which sucks!!). While the title comes with […]

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

Gold Coast Bulletin souvenir edition not in newsagencies

August 5th, 2014 · No Comments

News Corp’s Gold Coast Bulletin published a special edition yesterday commemorating the handover of the Commonwealth Games. As their own report indicates, this special edition was not available in newsagencies. News Corp has passed up another opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to the newsagency channel. The company for years has said newsagents are important to […]

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Tags: newspaper home delivery · Newspapers · Ugh!

Old NW discounted with current OK!

July 1st, 2014 · 2 Comments

I don’t like these discounted bagged magazines from Bauer: they waste space in already crowded magazine shelves. This latest offer is promoting NW magazine with the current OK! – an offer that does not make sense to me. We have no space so have relegated the offer to a rear pocket. 3 likes

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Tags: magazines · Ugh!

Too many copies of restored Cars

June 28th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Our supply of Retsored Cars Australia was increased without any justification in the sales data. While I like this Aussie magazine and want to support them, the publisher needs to ensure newsagents do not face an increase in supply without any justification in the sales data. Ugh! 2 likes

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Tags: Magazine oversupply · magazines · Ugh!

FIFA World Cup Sticker Collection pack fail

May 7th, 2014 · 6 Comments

The retail pack for the FIFA World Cup Sticker Collection is not ideal for use in retail. Instead of being the retail-friendly merchandiser we expected, it was a box holding product that we need to modify if it’s to be put on display in store. The publisher could have done a better job. to help us […]

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Tags: retail · Ugh!

Selling guns is retail

May 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

I know of a couple of newsagents who sell guns but not automatic and semi-automatic weapons like I saw in the window of a gun shop I visited earlier this week. They, they had what looked like everything you’d need for a private army. Some pretty crazy stuff. Once I got over the shock of […]

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Adelaide Advertiser hard to find in Adelaide

April 23rd, 2014 · 2 Comments

Several newsagents contacted me yesterday saying that cuts in circulation by the publisher saw them sell out of the Adelaide Advertiser before lunchtime. Too often, we hear of situations where newsagents advise what they need and publishers, in their wisdom, disagree and sales are lost as a result. 5 likes

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Tags: Newspaper distribution · Newspapers · Ugh!

Magazine distributors should not distribute books

April 15th, 2014 · 10 Comments

I was surprised to receive this book with magazines yesterday. We don’t sell books –  not full price titles and not for 25% in gross profit. We need to be able to stop products like this being sent to us without out approval. As it stands we have to pay to send back this stock […]

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Tags: Book retailing · magazine distribution · Ugh!

Nanny state threatens Loom Bands sales

April 13th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Fairfax reports today NSW schools are banning Loom Bands. Instead, the schools should consider congratulating kids for making something rather than watching TV or playing on their phone or tablet device. 8 likes

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