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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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Merry Christmas!

December 25th, 2013 · 3 Comments

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas Day today. Enjoy! 12 likes

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Terrific balloon entrance could work for a newsagency

November 13th, 2013 · 3 Comments

See the effective use of balloons I saw recently to draw attention to a business. I love the two columns, on either side of the door, in the corporate colours. We could do this for at seasons or other times to draw more attention to the entrance – and get people inside. Click on the […]

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Leveraging the taste TV campaign

November 10th, 2013 · No Comments

taste is being advertised extensively on TV at the moment, making it a good magazine title to have in front of people who may not visit looking for it. We are promoting taste in food with a double pocket placement and a second location (varies between weeklies, newspapers and the counter) as a result of noticing the […]

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News Corp. apology to newsagents

October 28th, 2013 · 19 Comments

Good to see News Corp’s Herald and Weekly Times apologise to newsagents about late delivery of the Sunday Herald Sun due to production problems yesterday. This letter was distributed today. Click on the image for details. 3 likes

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Terrific Take 5 gift with purchase

October 11th, 2013 · 4 Comments

The free gemstone gift with purchase with the latest take 5 magazine is proving to be popular. I saw a noticeable lift in sales today. If suspect this is due to the extra real-estate being grabbed by the title thanks to the promotion insert. 1 likes

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Good to see ANF engaged on supermarket duopoly

September 21st, 2013 · 10 Comments

It’s been good to see the ANF listed as one of the industry associations supporting the Australian Retailers Association campaign against the fuel discount programs of the Coles and Woolworths supermarket duopoly. It’s good they are holding the new federal government to account for their election promise about the supermarkets. 11 likes

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Chocolate makes delicious delicious

April 27th, 2013 · 3 Comments

I love the free chocolate issue of delicious magazine … because our customers love it.  Even though I think it’s a mistake to seal a food title in plastic, the free block of Lindt chocolate seems to do the trick.  As usual, we have been supporting this issue in a good location to make the […]

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Merry Christmas

December 25th, 2012 · 6 Comments

I hope everyone passing by here today has a wonderful Christmas Day. If you’re a newsagent, enjoy the day off.  Have a good day with those close and important to you. 6 likes

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Newsagency management tip: treat your landlord like a customer

November 25th, 2012 · 10 Comments

Put your landlord on your customer list so they receive your regular customer communications. Always send seasonal catalogues and flyers to them. Ask them for business – copying, stationery and the like. Make special offers to them. Send them a Christmas card. Send them a birthday card. All of this will show the landlord that […]

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Who exclusive opportunity

October 25th, 2012 · No Comments

Who out tomorrow has exclusive photos of the Justin Timberlake Jessica Biel wedding. It’s an opportunity to give the magazine special treatment, to leverage its point of difference. We are planning promotion at the counter for impulse purchases as well as additional facings with the weekly magazines. 5 likes

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Pink Rolling Stone opportunity

October 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

Pink is on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine and her fans are on social media and raving about the cover photo and the magazine. This will be a collectors item for Pink fans. Newsagents should do something extra with this issue as you are likely to be able to grab […]

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