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Sunday newsagency challenge: making your people the best

March 27th, 2016 · No Comments

The success of your retail newsagency depends on you having the best people working in the business, including you. Rate everyone, including you. If they are not the best, if they are not what you need, your challenge is to address this. No one else will, it is up to you. 5 likes

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Enjoy the day off

March 24th, 2016 · 5 Comments

Most newsagents will get tomorrow off. Have a good break even if you find your mind on the business even when you are away from it. Happy Easter whatever the season means to and for you. 13 likes

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VANA takes action on Hubbed and reveals the hotly contested area of last mile delivery in Australia

December 17th, 2015 · No Comments

VANA, under their parcel brand of Nparcel, yesterday sent out an email to newsagents claiming the ANF endorsed and promoted Hubbed is ‘piggy backing’ off the VANA platform. Yesterday’s email was a follow up to an earlier email. yesterday’s email was explicit in its allegations: Further to our previous communication regarding other providers piggy backing […]

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Appalling editorial from the Herald Sun

December 11th, 2015 · 4 Comments

People at News Corp. must think Australians are idiots with their continual spin against state and federal labor parties. They pass off as news made up headlines and stories. Yesterday’s Herald Sun front page story was typical News Corp. nonsense. It is a headline driven by the Auditor General’s report into the East West Link. […]

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Plenty of newsagency suppliers in Hong Kong

October 24th, 2015 · No Comments

I was in Hong Kong at the start of the week for the Gift Fair and met up with plenty of Australian suppliers there sourcing products for our market for 2016. I appreciated the opportunity of sharing products I liked the look of with suppliers who could themselves see the products in Hong Kong and […]

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More information on News Corp. Townsville changes

October 15th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Click here for a FAQ doc. from News. It answers some of the questions being raised following my earlier post. The image is from a letter sent with a contract termination letter. The move by News Corp. in Townsville is real, it has a timeline and the first steps of implementation have been taken. 2 likes

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UK PayPoint experience valuable for Aussie newsagents to consider

July 24th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Newsagents the world over are told by some existing and would-be suppliers: you will win because this product / service will drive foot traffic. We know from our own basket analysis data in Australia this is not true for transport ticket top-up, newspapers, lottery products and bill payment. They are all inefficient in terms of […]

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Is your website mobile friendly?

July 14th, 2015 · No Comments

If you have a website for your newsagency make sure it is mobile device friendly for if it is not Google will downgrade your ranking. If you are not sure, use the Google test tool. You do not want the results I found for one site I checked this morning. Sites that are not mobile friendly […]

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Another example of magazine oversupply & why the MPA trial is not needed

June 19th, 2015 · 4 Comments

The ANF supports the MPA trial as it is better than nothing and so data can be gathered. Despite offers, the ANF has not considered the excellent data in newsagencies. This image is a screen shot from a newsagent showing appalling behaviour by Network services in grossly oversupplying Muscle & Fitness magazine. From March this […]

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The $20 pack of lead pencils

April 17th, 2015 · 1 Comment

New York based fashion designer Kate Spare has released this pack of pencils which I have seen in several different shops in the US. $2.00 a pencil is a new benchmark by Australian standards. Priced at $20 it shows how adding fashion to an everyday item can change the shopper and the price you can […]

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Merry Christmas

December 25th, 2014 · 1 Comment

To all the newsagents here – have a well deserved day off. To everyone else – relax and enjoy the day! Merry Christmas! 10 likes

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Even the Financial System Inquiry report wants magazine supply to be data driven

December 8th, 2014 · No Comments

Check out this excerpt from Chapter 3 Innovation of the Murray report – the final report of the Financial System Inquiry: The Inquiry’s recommendations to facilitate innovation aim to: Encourage industry and government to work together to identify innovation opportunities and emerging network benefits where government may need to facilitate industry coordination and action. Strengthen Australia’s […]

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Who magazine shines with Hughes coverage

December 8th, 2014 · No Comments

The Who cover story on the passing of Phillip Hughes was timely and respectful. It’s one of their best issues of the year, showing how a magazine can stand apart with coverage of a major local news story. Well done to everyone involved. We embraced the opportunity with full cover placement with weeklies and with […]

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Star Wars another mega brand newsagents could benefit from

November 13th, 2014 · No Comments

It was a thrill to see earlier this week some of the new Star Wars products to be launched shortly. While the majors have been and will continue to be all over Star Wars, we have an opportunity to play in this space in some gaps left by the majors. For newsagents to get the […]

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Changes at Hubbed and an impact for newsagents?

November 11th, 2014 · No Comments

Hubbed appears to have let the domain for its blog expire, taking it offline. While not a big deal, it shuts down a communicate channel the company had used to promote Hubbed to newsagents. This is happening at a time where there appears to be a shift in the services mix promoted by Hubbed. This ANF […]

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Is Victoria about to see many more Tatts outlets?

October 31st, 2014 · No Comments

A letter from the Victorian Minister for Gaming Regulation to Intralot outlets opens an issue of concern for newsagents. The last paragraph on page one of the letter notes Tattersalls will offer current Intralot outlets the opportunity to become Tattersalls outlets. I know of newsagency businesses with Tattersalls located next to or near supermarkets that have Intralot. What will […]

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Promoting Better Homes with newspapers

October 19th, 2014 · No Comments

We also have Better Homes and Gardens with Newspapers. Stock counts tell us this is working a treat for us. While it’s a bigger pack size and we have space for less stock, that it’s exclusive is the winner for us here. 2 likes

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Newsagency sales up 15% year on year thanks to POS software discount vouchers

October 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Our sales were up 15% year on year in the September quarter. This is an excellent result which I put down to a combination of a terrific in-store offer, excellent staff and our discount voucher loyalty program. Indeed, discount vouchers are driving basket depth, shopper return and bringing in new traffic thanks to word of mouth. […]

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Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best

October 8th, 2014 · No Comments

I have looked at many retail situations over the last week in London and Manchester. I plan to do a video covering some of the insights. In advance of that, I was taken with the simplicity of the fixtures in this pop-up coffee shop in Manchester. Their use of pallets is excellent, demonstrating that sometimes […]

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Good Peppa Pig products from Network

September 11th, 2014 · 2 Comments

I like the Peppa Pig products from Network Services. They are a terrific addition to our Peppa Pig range. Yes, I don’t like the low margin … I wish I was making the 50% and more off these that I make off other Peppa products. But it’s icing so I’ll put up with the inadequate margin […]

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Newsagents abused by the Queensland Country Women’s Association

September 2nd, 2014 · 4 Comments

Like plenty of newsagents I am sure we received stock of The Queensland Country Women’s Association Cookery Book yesterday. Network crows that delayed billing is to assist in maximising your sales. It’s delay billed to try and stop us early returning. Here are my specific issues with issues with the scale of of The Queensland Country Women’s Association Cookery Book to […]

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There goes the masthead of The Weekend Australian newspaper

June 28th, 2014 · 2 Comments

There was a time when newspapers valued their mastheads. Not any more apparently. They prefer to cover them with ads that end up as litter when readers rip them off while walking out of the shop. Shame on those responsible at The Weekend Australian. 6 likes

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Selling magazine subscriptions in-store – with magazines

April 14th, 2014 · No Comments

On the retail tour in the US these last twelve days I have seen several versions of retailers selling magazine sin-store. This is the best and most tech connected – a tablet computer promoting subs in the magazine department and shoppers being encouraged to sign up on the spot. Now, this was in a transit […]

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Newspaper publishers should work together to help the category

March 27th, 2014 · 1 Comment

It is frustrating that Fairfax and News often work against each other in their support of newsagents with collateral and fixtures. Where both company have local capital city dailies they target different shoppers – so there is no reason to block working together. I’d like to see both publishers invest in a small footprint movable […]

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Newspaper covers-up lead story

March 24th, 2014 · 5 Comments

This is one of the worst cases of newspaper editorial cover-up I have seen. The Sunday Telegraph in Sydney yesterday had an ad for Quickflix stuck over the front page headline. So much for news selling newspapers. Shocking. Shameful. I wonder how the editorial team feel. 3 likes

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