Australian Newsagency Blog

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Entries from January 2010

UK newsagent fined for underage sale

January 31st, 2010 · 12 Comments

An Edinburgh newsagent has been fined £800 for selling tobacco to an underage shopper working during a test purchase by the local council.  I can see this getting tougher. 0 likes

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Tags: Newsagency challenges

Newsagency casual vacancy

January 31st, 2010 · No Comments

We are looking for someone to join our newsXpress Forest Hill (VIC) store on a casual basis.  If you know anyone please have them email me. 0 likes

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Tags: About us

Biggest Loser pedometers a hit

January 31st, 2010 · 19 Comments

The Biggest Loser Couples pedometer giveaway with the herald Sun went well for us in most newsagencies I am connected with. At our Forest Hill store we received plenty of pedometers and didn’t run out until late in the day. We had plenty of happy customers and happy people dropping in to pick up their […]

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Tags: newspaper home delivery · Newspapers

Newsagents being chased on Bill Express debt

January 30th, 2010 · 7 Comments

Some newsagents have recently received letters from a firm called Professional Collection Services (PCS) demanding money in relation to Bill Express.  The Bill Express liquidator has engaged PCS to collect Bill Express debts relating to telecommunication services incurred prior to Bill Express ceasing operations. Unfortunately the letters of demand to not specify what the debt […]

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Tags: Bill Express

Free iPad with a newspaper and magazine subscriptions?

January 30th, 2010 · 1 Comment

It’s question well asked by Joe Zeff at his blog.  He suggests that publishers getting in now and bundling the iPad fre ‘free’ with a long-term subscription commitment are well positioned for the evolution of the device. 0 likes

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Tags: Media disruption

Driving ink sales

January 30th, 2010 · No Comments

The large format poster was a feature in our centre at Forest Hill several times through 2009.  This week, it is righin the mall t outside our store and facing shoppers as they come through the entrance from the carpark nearest us.  We have good evidence from 2009 of this poster driving traffic and sales. […]

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Tags: Newsagency opportunities · Stationery

Missing People’s Friend

January 30th, 2010 · 3 Comments

We see to have delivery problems with People’s Friend in any one of my newsagencies every second week.  Yesterday, it was Forest Hill’s turn.  This would not matter if the title was not so popular but with 20 putaways and only a couple off copies left for the shelves we will have between 30 and […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines · Ugh!

AFL prospectus for 2010 season out now

January 30th, 2010 · 15 Comments

The AFL Prospectus for the 2010 AFL season is out now in newsagencies.  If last year is anything to go by, this $39.95 collectors (and AFL tragic) item will sell out quickly.  We have it located with newspapers as well as with our AFL related magazines.  I have seen customers decide to purchase the prospectus […]

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Tags: magazines

Get to Melbourne Gift Fair

January 29th, 2010 · 7 Comments

Newsagents in Victoria looking for new revenue opportunities ought to get to the Gift Fair which starts tomorrow morning and runs for four days.  You’ll see plenty of suppliers and products worthy of consideration.  More than 300 suppliers are exhibiting. I know of newsagents who went to their first gift fair and within months completely […]

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Tags: Gifts · Newsagency opportunities

Kutcher shows how media is changing

January 29th, 2010 · No Comments

An article in Fast Company offers an excellent insight into how media is changing.  It’s about Katalyst, a company founded by Ashton Kutcher and business partner Jason Goldberg.  You’ll read about how they are using social media like Twitter and developing web based video content – with the backing of advertisers. Now read about a […]

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Tags: Media disruption

Is newsagent privacy being breached?

January 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I have heard from several newsagents that their neighbouring newsagents have allegedly been told by publisher representatives that they have signed new newspaper home delivery contracts.  The allegation is that this information has been put in terms of well they have signed, you should too.  It has also been used to say, if you don’t […]

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Tags: Newsagency challenges · newspaper home delivery

Crosswords do sell with women’s magazines

January 29th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Last month, 80% of sales of Lovatts BIG Crossword were achieved from this one pocket next to the Australian Women’s Weekly.  That’s close to 30 units sold from one pocket.  In the first two days of on-sale of the new issue of BIG Crossword, all copies sold have come from this pocket.  Newsagents who do […]

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Tags: crosswords · magazines · Newsagency opportunities

Commentary by visual merchandising?

January 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I laughed at the placement of these calendars in the calendar stand.  I wonder if anyone browsing is noticing. Sometimes in retail, team members play without hurting the business – it can get them through a rough day. 0 likes

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Tags: visual merchandising

Predicting our future

January 28th, 2010 · 1 Comment

In the future you may not have to go to the newsagent any longer. That’s Robert Penfold, US correspondent for the nine network reviewing the iPad from Apple – on Sky News a few minutes ago – and talking about the use of the device to read newspapers and magazines. 0 likes

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Tags: Media disruption · Newsagency challenges

Mainstream media and the iPad

January 28th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Checkout the report published by the Globe and Mail newspaper in Canada by about the iPad. But those with the most hope invested in the new iPad are newspaper and magazine publishers who are struggling to open new revenue streams as print advertising shrinks and readers seek free content on the Internet. “It’s the best […]

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Tags: magazines · Media disruption · Newspapers

Apple launches the iPad

January 28th, 2010 · 6 Comments

The coverage within hours of the launch overnight of the Apple iPad in the US reflects the anticipation worldwide for this device.  Check out a video from a report ZDNet from the launch. Apple has launched a book store – iBook – to sell books for the device.  The Telegraph reports that publisher of the […]

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Tags: Media disruption

Fat Auto Salon magazine

January 28th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Auto Salon magazine is fat this month thanks to the two old (but free) back issues the publisher has bagged with the title.  The thickness of the Auto Salon package means that we cannot place in its usual location.  We had to bump a more popular title from their flat-stack location.  The publisher ought to […]

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Tags: magazines · Ugh!

Leveraging the shared magazine brand

January 28th, 2010 · No Comments

We have placed the latest issues of Melbourne Kitchen & Bathroom Design and Melbourne Pool & Outdoor Design next to each other to leverage thier shared branding.  Our hope is that this makes them more noticeable to shoppers than if they were placed away from each other. 0 likes

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Tags: magazines · visual merchandising

Back to school magazine

January 28th, 2010 · No Comments

Turn the latest issue of Healthy Food over and newsagents have a magazine which fits well in a Back to School display.  It’s a booklet with tips about healthy back to school food options.  This is a smart move by the publisher but should have been publicised more widely to newsagents with a specific call […]

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Tags: magazines · Newsagency opportunities

Publisher considers a new approach to newspaper gifts

January 27th, 2010 · 15 Comments

The Herald and Weekly Times has written to newsagents today exploring options for improving the supply of gifts with newspapers. HWT is also reviewing its approach to assessing stock quantities for future promotions. Where we have historical data to use as a basis for our ordering, we have been able to accurately predict demand. For […]

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Tags: Newsagency challenges · Newspapers

ePay outage affecting newsagents

January 27th, 2010 · 2 Comments

ePay is experiencing an unexpected outage and will be down until around 2pm later today.  This is affecting newsagents selling mobile phone top ups and other product pulled from ePay. It is amazing how reliant we have become on technology for what we sell.  I am sitting in the Tower Systems office at the moment […]

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Tags: Financial services

Promoting That’s Life at the counter

January 27th, 2010 · No Comments

We have replaced Burke’s Backyard at the counter with That’s Life this morning. That’s Life wins this prime impulse purchase position with the free pack of Celebrity Slim being given away with this issue.  We’ll leave this display in place until Friday depending on sales. While feel bad about bumping the Burke’s Backyard display after […]

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Tags: magazines · visual merchandising

Promoting the Australian Women’s Weekly

January 27th, 2010 · 1 Comment

We are promoting the new issue of Australian Women’s Weekly (out today) at the front of the store.  This display bumps our weekly magazine display. We find that AWW responds well to a display like this out the front of the store in the first week of on-sale. We asked ACP for additional collateral with […]

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Tags: magazines · visual merchandising

More space for women’s health and fitness titles

January 27th, 2010 · No Comments

We expanded the space allocation for women’s health and fitness titles at our newsXpress Forest Hill store yesterday. To enable this, we reduced space allocated to home and living titles – this segment is next to women’s health. The move reflects space pressure as well as sales – in both segments. The additional column allows […]

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Tags: magazines

Apple tablet speculation reaches fever pitch

January 27th, 2010 · No Comments

Speculation has reached fever pitch about the launch in the next 24 hours of the new tablet device from Apple.  Particular attention will be on the publishers who partner with Apple by providing easy access to content, for a fee.  Check out coverage at the LA Times.  Also check out what Nick Summers writes at […]

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Tags: Media disruption