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Entries from November 2009

Famous stands out from the pack

November 30th, 2009 · No Comments

In a departure from my usual blog posts here, I’d like to comment about the cover of Famous magazine this week. It is an excellent example of embracing a theme. This issue is sure to be of strong interest to Twilight fans given that it goes beyond a cover photo, it is as if the […]

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Tags: magazines

Promoting Woman’s Day at the counter

November 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment

We are promoting Woman’s Day at our busiest lottery counter this week because of the preview of the Master Cheft cookbook which comes with the magazine.  A second reason this prime space promotion is their front page photo of Trishna and Krishna, two babies which have won the hearts of Victorians.  These factors make it […]

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Tags: magazines

Emirates covers newspaper masthead

November 30th, 2009 · No Comments

The Age masthead is partially covered again today, this time with an ad for Emirates.  I’ll continue to record this damaging of a proud newspaper brand because one day, the record of brand disrespect leading to (maybe) destruction will be useful. 0 likes

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Tags: newspaper masthead desecration

Australia Post to offer gambling services

November 30th, 2009 · 24 Comments

Tabcorp announced on Friday a new agreement with Australia Post to deliver over-the counter TAB betting account services. From early December, Tabcorp TAB account holders will be able to deposit, withdraw and obtain balances of their betting accounts at most Australia Post retail outlets. Read the Sydney Morning Herald piece from this morning on this. […]

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Tags: Australia Post · Newsagency challenges · Social responsibility

Bringing context to the newspaper contract debate

November 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment

News Limited has been clear in its contract documentation that it is reviewing all aspects of newspaper distribution.  This must also include financial modelling on the future of the medium itself. While publishers struggle with objective assessment of new digital delivery platforms of news – see this article at Pittsburgh live – other observers note […]

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Tags: Media disruption · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency opportunities · newspaper home delivery

Finding room for crosswords

November 30th, 2009 · No Comments

With the additional space requirements for Christmas crosswords, we moved them out of our women’s weeklies area a few weeks ago.  Late last week made room deeper into our women’s magazine area, between our British titles and women’s fashion.  In two days we sold four magazines from this display.  We will see how this space […]

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Tags: crosswords · magazines · Newsagency opportunities

Good Food sells out, again

November 30th, 2009 · No Comments

We sold our second shipment of the latest issue of Good Food magazine, taking our November numbers to more than double usual.  Our most successful location for Good Food is proving to be next to our newspaper stand.  While we cannot place every magazine there, we have a small selection which perfrom particularly well. Our […]

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Tags: magazines

The Age covers only some mastheads

November 29th, 2009 · No Comments

I bought The Age yesterday from a 7-Eleven out of necessity.  An ad for the ANZ bank was stuck on the masthead.  I checked other copies and they were the same.   Out at one of my newsagencies later in the day I noticed that none of the mastheads were covered by the ads.  Maybe […]

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Tags: newspaper masthead desecration

Empowering the poor with village made products

November 29th, 2009 · No Comments

We found ourselves with space at our prime counter display for a few days so our team at Forest Hill created a display of the excellent socially responsible range from the Noah’s Ark group in Northern India.  Rather than go with the usual product focused display, our team put together  details on the back story […]

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Tags: Gifts · Social responsibility

UK Newsagents miss out on newspaper cover price discount

November 29th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Mediaweek in the UK reports that newsagents are set to lose millions of pounds in revenue a year thanks to a decision by News International to revise its base cover price. Rupert Murdoch’s News International is to hit retailers’ tills to the tune of more than £12m a year as it looks to clamp down […]

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Tags: Newsagency opportunities · Newspapers

More magazine moves for the iPhone

November 28th, 2009 · No Comments

The three biggest magazine publishers in the US, Hearst, Time Inc and Conde Nast, are reportedly investing in a separate company which some say will be iTunes for magazines.  It will be interesting to see how they plan to monetise content which is currently freely available online. As I have written here previously, my view […]

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Tags: magazines · Media disruption · Newsagency opportunities

SA newsagents in the news

November 28th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The Independent Weekly has a report this morning of the moves by South Australian newsagents in relation to the new contracts fron News Limited and the migration program.  The migration program is about moving management of customer accounst from newsagents to News. It is interesting to read of the ANF involvement since the ANF was […]

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Tags: Newsagency challenges · newspaper home delivery · Newspapers

Borders aint Borders

November 28th, 2009 · No Comments

The owners of Borders in Australia are making it clear that they are not part of Borders in the UK which called in the administrators this week.  Redgroup retail owns Borders Australia.  They also own Angus and Robertson, Supanews and Whitcoulls in New Zealand. Regardless of the lack of association between the businesses, the UK […]

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Tags: retail

Christmas books at Christmas

November 28th, 2009 · No Comments

We have a selection of Christmas themed books mixed in with our boxed Christmas cards.  from the fun to religious, these books are part of our Christmas book sale.  As covered in the previous blog post, we have books in different locations in the store depending on the interest represented.  We figured the Christmas books […]

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Tags: Book retailing

Books at Christmas gifts – easy sales, good margin

November 28th, 2009 · No Comments

The team at my newsXpress Forest Hill store continues to move stock around to create a fresh shopping experience.  While this is a challenge with the store full of Christmas stock, they find time and ways to achieve this.  The tables around our copier no longer promote diaries.  Now, they promote Children’s books which are […]

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Tags: Book retailing · Newsagency opportunities

When magazine gifts are the same

November 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Magazine publishers use gifts (tip-ons they are called) from time to time to drive sales.  Unfortunately, there are two women’s health titles on the newsagent shelves at the moment with the same gift – Oxygen and Health & Fitness.  In each case, however, the gift is not evident until the magazine is lifted from the […]

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Tags: magazines

Since when are maths books magazines?

November 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Network Services sent us these kids maths books this morning.  We don’t want them because we already have kids maths books from which we achieve a 50%+ margin.  The stock we already have is part of a bigger retail story.  These two titles from Network are not part of a bigger story.  They have no […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · Ugh!

Newsagents ripped off with travel pads

November 27th, 2009 · No Comments

Network Services this morning sent our stock of the Pirates Travel Pad and the Princess Travel Pad.  I don’t want these products.  I have similar products which I choose to stock and from which I earn 50% margin.  Why would I want copycat product for a 25% margin – and with a three months onsale?  […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · Ugh!

Small publishers ponder a direct relationship with newsagents

November 27th, 2009 · 51 Comments

The question independent small publishers most often ask is what alternative do they have to the current magazine distribution model in Australia.  The reasons they give for wanting an alternative are: A disconnect between them and their retail partners (newsagents). Untimely sales data – they can wait months. Cash flow challenges – i.e. when they […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines · Newsagency opportunities

XchangeIT compliance advice

November 27th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Tower Systems has published its XchangeIT compliance video at yahoo to make it more widely available. With more than 100 downloads, the video by EDI expert gavin Williams is popular. XchangeIT Compliance @ Yahoo!7 Video While this training video was developed for the 1,600 newsagents using software from Tower, the content will be useful to […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines · XchangeIT

Co-location strategy for AWW drives sales

November 27th, 2009 · No Comments

The photo shows our use of the back of the ACP Magazines basket builder stand to promote Australian Women’s Weekly to shoppers as they leave the women’s magazine aisle.  This is the third location promoting AWW – the others are at the front of the shop and the with our weekly magazines. In many newsagencies, […]

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Tags: magazines · visual merchandising

Chelsea Lately and reinventing Australian newsagencies

November 26th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I was fortunate to be in the audience at Fox Television Studios in Sydney last night for the taping of Chelsea Lately, a hit US late night talk show. Star Chelsea Handler, and a team of comedians, writers and producers have been in Sydney for a week taping shows.  Last night’s was the last for […]

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Tags: Newsagency opportunities

Is the ANF to announce a deal with Corporate Express?

November 26th, 2009 · 9 Comments

I have heard from several sources over the last few weeks that the ANF is close to announcing a partnership relationship with Corporate Express – the company now owned by Staples, the US stationery retailer with 1,500 outlets. While I am certain that the ANF has been in negotiation with Corporate Express, I am not […]

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Tags: Newsagency challenges · Newsagent representation · Stationery

Dueling bathroom and kitchen titles

November 26th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The two kitchen and bathroom magazines in the photo look similar. Price is a key differentiator.  Melbourne Kitchen & Bathroom Design at $6.95 is a better price deal than Kitchens & Bathrooms Annual (Victorian Edition) at $9.95. The other differentiator is that Melbourne Kitchen & Bathroom Design is published by a Victorian  publisher. Our hope […]

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Tags: magazines

Double facing for Australian Women’s Weekly

November 26th, 2009 · No Comments

We have given the Australian Women’s Weekly a double facing for the first week of the on-sale.  This gives the free bag with the magazine a better opportunity of driving sales from this regular location for the title.It also allows us to fit two titles per pocket. We do this for magazine issues with a […]

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Tags: magazines · retail