Newsagency B is a sub agent of newsagency A because the previous owner of newsagency B sold the distribution business to newsagency A before selling the retail business a year or so later. Today, a couple of years on, the relationship between the two businesses is seriously challenged. Newsagency A supplies newspapers to newsagency B and engages in some odd behavior. For example, when they close at lunchtime on a Saturday, they will not release all remaining newspapers to newsagency B Newsagency B consistently sells out and newsagency A has returns which could have been sold.
With more newsagents selling their runs and therefore more ‘sub agents’ being created, newspaper publishers will watch this behavior and, I hope, act in the interests of consumers and their product. An old school lording over his territory as may have happened thirty years ago is not good business for anyone other than this newsagent’s bitterness.
If it looks to a customer like a newsagent it is a newsagent in my view. Some old-school newsagents will claim that a retail outlet which does not have a direct newspaper accou t is a sub agent. Some will think they can treat the ‘sub agent’ as a second class citizen. Shame on them.