Australian Newsagency Blog

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Entries from April 2012

Coles shows what it thinks about the buy Australian campaign by importing Dawn French

April 30th, 2012 · 24 Comments

For all their talk about supporting Australia and Aussie farmers Coles has shown their true colours by importing British comedienne Dawn French to front their FlyBys advertising campaign. There are plenty of Australian personalities who could have fronted this campaign. Every time I see a TV or print ad I find myself thinking about the […]

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Maybe one good magazine wall is all it takes

April 30th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Check out he magazine wall I saw at a Dymocks store in Hong Kong (in a shopping mall) a couple of days ago. Okay so they don’t have space for displays and promotions, but they do offer range. By overlapping some covers they are able to fit more than 300 titles on this wall, far […]

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Tags: magazines

Papyrus Hong Kong not what it used to be

April 30th, 2012 · 3 Comments

I have seen several incarnations of the Papyrus card and gift model in Hong Kong in several locations. The latest I have just seen feels like a misstep. Gone is the strong branding and the unique range of cards. Just about everything I saw in store I felt I had seen elsewhere. This used not […]

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Tags: Greeting Cards

Convenience stores strong in Hong Kong

April 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Convenience stores are everywhere in Hong Kong. Two brands mainly – 7-Eleven and Circle K. Both have good magazine ranges with an average shop carrying between 105 and 200 titles. While there are book / magazine stores – Dymocks and Bookazine – it is the convenience stores which appear to have most of the everyday […]

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Tags: magazines

Sunday newsagency management tip: Should newsagents sack themselves?

April 29th, 2012 · 8 Comments

Newsagency owners lead their businesses because they paid to purchase the business. Having the capacity to fund the purchase of a newsagency does not mean you have the leadership skills to run the business. So, we all need to ask ourselves, are we the best person for the job? Do we have the skills and […]

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Tags: Newsagency management

Massive One Direction driven traffic burst

April 29th, 2012 · 2 Comments

They started lining up Thursday afternoon so by the time yesterday morning came around, One Direction fans were ready and pumped to be getting tickets to the 2013 tour. We had a great day selling tickets, One Direction magazines, posters and pre-selling the 2013 One Direction calendar. While I was not at the shop for […]

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Tags: Newsagency management

Gordon & Gotch future in play as PMP contemplates offer

April 28th, 2012 · 13 Comments

On Tuesday (Apr. 24) PMP, the parent company of magazine distributor Gordon & Gotch, announced their second profit downgrade this year. Three days later, yesterday morning, I heard reports of more retrenchments, the third or fourth round this year. Late yesterday came the announcement to the ASX of a highly conditional offer to purchase the […]

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Tags: magazine distribution

Talk about gifts with magazines!

April 28th, 2012 · No Comments

Check out the gifts with the latest issue of Cosmopolitan magazine here in Hong Kong. For the usual cover price you get a bonus, current-issue, magazine, lip gloss and a make up bag. Three bonus items, for the usual price. Looking at the package and the challenges it presents in merchandising, I should never complain […]

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Tags: magazines

Let the blood run free

April 28th, 2012 · No Comments

At the gift fair in Hong Kong yesterday I saw a huge range of products but this one stood out as memorable. It was part of a range of blood themed products. Bloodied towels and other items like this blood bath. No, I’m not planning on stocking them – they just stood out. It is […]

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Tags: Gifts

Frankie magazine opportunity for newsagents

April 28th, 2012 · 7 Comments

The current issue of Frankie magazine is not being sold in supermarkets for reasons I won’t go into here. This presents newsagents with an opportunity. I’d suggest co-location – a good display in the usual location and a noter placement at the counter or toward the front of the enwsagency so that passers-by can see […]

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Tags: magazines

How’s your day been?

April 27th, 2012 · 17 Comments

Have you been asked this at the supermarket checkout recently? I have, just about every time in recent months. Either how’s your day been? or got much on for the day? if you are shopping early in the morning. I don’t know these people. Okay I am a supermarket slut, I shop around and go […]

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Tags: Newsagency management

What are your AFL footy card sales like?

April 27th, 2012 · 22 Comments

Is it just me or are others experiencing a downturn in AFL card sales this year?  Our sales of the regular cards as well as the newspaper cards are down. The rest of the newsagency is experiencing double digit growth. So, I am wondering if footy cards are on the decline… 1 likes

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Tags: Newsagency management

Relishing the One Direction calendar opportunity

April 27th, 2012 · No Comments

We are thrilled to be offering the official 2013 One Direction calendar – especially given that we have tickets for their 2013 concert going on sale this Saturday. We are not taking and chances by requiring payment in full with the placement of the order. We will have the calendars in-store in eight weeks so […]

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Tags: Calendars

Promoting the AWW Cakebaking cookbook

April 27th, 2012 · No Comments

Check out the display promoting the The Australian Women’s Weekly Cakebaking cookbook. This display is situated one side of the wide entrance to our newsagency, making it hard to miss. Shoppers see the display as they enter the centre from the carpark. We have ordered extra stock already as we think this title will be […]

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Tags: magazines

1st Fleet in administration

April 26th, 2012 · No Comments

Trucking company 1st Feet went into administration today.  This will cause some pain in the magazine distribution world.  Twitter is the best place for up to date news. 1,000 jobs at risk.  There are consequences to cutting costs, especially in the logistics space. There is no news yet on the implications for magazine distribution. 0 […]

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Changes to small magazine publisher meeting

April 26th, 2012 · No Comments

I have had to change the date for the Sydney meeting with small publishers. I should have a new date sorted our by next week.  In the meantime, the Melbourne meeting is just a week away: Friday May 4 @ 10am. Tower Systems Head Office. 3A Lynch Street Hawthorn.  It will provide a forum where […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines

Newsagency software facilitates consolidation in newspaper distribution

April 26th, 2012 · No Comments

For years my newsagency software company has been working with consortiums of newsagents in several states on various newspaper distribution consolidation models. While each model is quite different, they all have a common goal at their core – to leverage scale to create a commercially viable newspaper distribution operation. At one end we have newsagents […]

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Tags: Newsagency management · newsagent software

Showing the free DVD with AWW

April 26th, 2012 · No Comments

The team at my newsXpress Knox store are tech savvy smart and retail smart. To make the most of the free DVD, Fat, sick and nearly dead which comes with the latest issue of  The Australian Women’s Weekly, they are playing it on our customer displays. These are located just above a counter display we […]

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Tags: magazines

A second crack with Australian iPhone

April 26th, 2012 · No Comments

We are having another crack at driving sales of the latest issue of  Australian iPhone magazine, a title which has already performed very well for us – we even ordered extra stock. This time we are giving the magazine time as the feature title in the new space we have created in our men’s magazine section. […]

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Tags: magazines

Promoting Timeout with newspapers

April 26th, 2012 · No Comments

We have been promoting the latest issue of TimeOut Melbourne with newspapers. It makes sense not only because of the nature of the title – it’s an impulse purchase title rather than destination for us. The Mexican cover story is very current and this is another reason for promoting TimeOut Melbourne in a high traffic […]

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Tags: magazines

End of Financial Year Finance offer for newsagents from Flexirent

April 26th, 2012 · No Comments

Flexirent, a company used by many newsagents to fund newsagency computer system and other purchases, has announced details of an end of financial year offer – a two-month payment holiday to start off each new deal between now and June 30. Click here for details. Flexirent financing is easy to arrange and can be tailored to […]

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Tags: Newsagency management

A tough day at the office for the Murdochs

April 25th, 2012 · No Comments

The coverage in the media of James Murdoch’s appearance before the Leveson inquiry yesterday is most comprehensive in The Guardian.  Click here to access the coverage.  Is suspect that the newspapers back in Australia won’t have as much coverage.  This is a massive story in the UK and it is growing in coverage in the […]

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Tags: Ethics

Excited to be in Hong Kong to look for product

April 25th, 2012 · No Comments

I am in Hong Kong to attend the gift and premium fair as well as taking care of work for my newsagency software company. With more than 4,000 exhibitors promoting a diverse range of products I’m looking forward to traffic generating and basket filling items which will work in a newsagency.  The last time I […]

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Tags: retail

Ah, Anzac Day…

April 25th, 2012 · 7 Comments

Anzac Day is like Australia Day from a retail perspective … very quiet. While newsagents will no doubt be busy bringing in the usual last Wednesday of the month spike in magazine stock, the day is one of the weakest in terms of sales. Frankly, I wish landlords would close centres all day given the […]

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Tags: Newsagency management

Promoting Mother’s Day at the counter

April 25th, 2012 · No Comments

We are promoting Mother’s Day at the counter with the display in the photo – click on the image to see a large version of the display. This display is what customers see when we are serving them at the counter. The creative team in-store has done a terrific job, making the Breville food processor, […]

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Tags: Gifts · Greeting Cards