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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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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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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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Tags: retail · Trends · Ugh!

News Corp. is allocating Labour Day newspaper supplies based on Australia Day!

March 8th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Distribution newsagents have told me to be ready for sell-outs on Monday – Labour Day everywhere except for NSW and QLD – as those managing circulation nationally for News Corp. have set supply numbers based on Australia Day this year. Yes, seriously! Newsagents who have sought to change their Labour Day 2014 figures based on […]

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Tags: Newsagency challenges · Newspaper distribution · Newspapers · Ugh!

Unnecessary barcode and poor placement

March 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

Check out how one newsagent barcoded The Saturday Paper. There is no reason to barcode this title since it already has a barcode. Even more important – it was a mistake to place the barcode over part of the masthead – this makes noticing the title more difficult. This is poor management by the newsagent – […]

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FOUND! The missing Australian Open Tennis programs!

January 23rd, 2014 · 8 Comments

I was in a couple of transit location newsagencies yesterday and discovered plenty of stock of the Australian Open tennis programs. The sighting of all the spare stock made me wonder if these were the copies Network failed to supply me. Regulars here will know that we expected to sell close to 30 copies this […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines · Ugh!

Ad covers barcode on Melbourne Bride

December 30th, 2013 · No Comments

In a production blunder, the ad booklet for Rydges stuck to the latest issue of Melbourne Bride magazine covered the barcode.  The ad booklet is also falling off when browsers put the magazine back on the shelves. Part of the problem is the thickness of the magazine and the flimsiness of the ad booklet. I’ve removed […]

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Tags: magazines · Ugh!

This perfect impulse line brings out disgusting behaviour at the counter

December 24th, 2013 · No Comments

These small plastic rings that light up sell easily at the counter. Kids eyes light up when they see them. They are a perfect counter line. Two days ago a male customer in his late seventies was belittling his female companion, aged in her late thirties. I heard him snap get over here - that’s when […]

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Tags: Gifts · Impulse lines · retail · Ugh!

Network Services magazine allocations fail again: supply of 2014 Australian Open tennis program slashed

December 20th, 2013 · 6 Comments

We have been building our sales of the tennis Australian Open program for the last four years and then this year some genius or some genius process at Network Services cut us back to our 2010 supply number.  Last year we sold 26 copies out of 28 supplied. Talk about a screw up. While I […]

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Westfield mistakes ruin marketing promotion and blocks foot traffic – and offers no assistance

December 9th, 2013 · 10 Comments

I loved the idea of Super Saturday pitched by Westfield to tenants at Westfield Knox City. We completed the form indicating we would offer 25% off all gifts except plush and Christmas. We did this to be an active participant in a whole of centre sale that they would promote through a catalogue and other […]

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Tags: retail leases · Retail tenancy · Ugh!

Bauer cookbook collateral does not work in traditional magazine fixtures

November 29th, 2013 · 1 Comment

The photo shows the placement of the latest small-format cookbook offer from Bauer. If newsagents do what Bauer ask they cover-up most of the titles in the waterfall display. Whoever is responsible for this promotion and the associated collateral ought to spend more time in newsagencies. Besides the product size not being magazine fixture friendly, […]

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Tags: magazines · Ugh!

Good Weekend missing?

November 24th, 2013 · No Comments

I had a customer complain that they did not get Good Weekend magazine in The Saturday Age yesterday. I had convince them that what they thought was an Optus catalogue and threw out after leaving the shop was in fact Good Weekend magazine with the front covered by an Optus ad. 4 likes

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The magazine distributor is a card company now?

November 19th, 2013 · 2 Comments

Gordon and Gotch sent these Christmas card packs with magazines yesterday morning. They look cheap. Why a newsagent would want to sell this pack at 25% GP is beyond me. What are those responsible at Gotch thinking? The supply of this product is an abuse of newsagents. 11 likes

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Tags: Greeting Cards · magazine distribution · Ugh!

Fat Enduro magazine!

November 12th, 2013 · 2 Comments

The latest issue of Enduro magazine is taking considerably more space than usual thanks to the free calendar packages wit it. While I like the idea of the gift, we have to increase space with either a second pocket next to the mag or by not using the pocket behind the mag. The publisher needs […]

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When a manual system works better than a computer

October 10th, 2013 · No Comments

Check out the error message on the directory screen at a large shopping centre I was in recently. The technology glitch meant no directory for the 300+ stores in the centre. Sometimes a manual system, list a director of retailers, is better than a computerised system. 7 likes

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Oversupplied with Puzzler crossword titles

October 7th, 2013 · 8 Comments

We were grossly oversupplied with a bunch of new small-format Puzzler branded titles last week. Not only did we get a bunch of new titles we did not need to satisfy shopper interest in puzzles but we got way too many. Ten copies of a new title is too many. Crossword and puzzle magazine publishers […]

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

Loss of Ticketek affected our magazine sales

September 29th, 2013 · 1 Comment

As I wrote here in June, we had Ticketek taken off us when Westfield took over our centre – Westfield did a deal years back to take over Ticketek in their centres. Anyway, this past week we have seen a cost of losing Ticketek. Our sales of the AFL Grand Final Record are down by […]

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Speedimpex devalues magazine covers with its stickers

September 21st, 2013 · 2 Comments

International magazine publishers using airfreight magazine distributor Speedimpex ought to check where they are placing their promotional stickler on magazine covers.  Six different magazines I checked in a newsagency yesterday each had the stickers placed such that it was hard to tell the cover subject – devaluating the cover as a sales tool.  Nuts! 10 […]

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Fairfax misses an opportunity

August 31st, 2013 · 3 Comments

The Saturday Age today is promoting a deal offering the 2014 Good Food Guide for a discount with the newspaper. Because of a disconnect between Fairfax and retail newsagents we did not have the Good Food Guide. We lost sales. News Corp. in Victoria is building its connection with retail newsagents. fairfax should do the […]

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Tags: Newspapers · Ugh!

Another bagged magazine bundle from Bauer

August 27th, 2013 · No Comments

The bagged bundle of Cosmopolitan and OK! is frustrating. With OK! at the front the expectation is that we have it with weeklies. There’s no spare room there though. There is no point putting this with Cosmopolitan as it would look out of place. My understanding is supermarkets are paid for extra pockets. That we’re […]

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Bauer Divorce magazine has newsagents laughing this morning

August 8th, 2013 · 25 Comments

The Ultimate Guide to Divorce is a new magazine title from Bauer out today. Beyond the surprise that it would be published, newsagents are laughing that the barcode used is the barcode for the 2011 royal wedding magazine. While this is probably not intended commentary by Bauer about the wedding of William and Kate it’s […]

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