Australian Newsagency Blog

A blog on issues affecting Australia's newsagents, media and small business generally.

Entries from June 2017

Suppliers need to be better at handling out of stocks

June 30th, 2017 · 1 Comment

Suppliers to retailers of everyday lines – you know, the lines they are known for and that you purchase from them on a regular basis – have an obligation to ensure this items are always in stock. Too often now I hear stories from newsagents of core suppliers not maintaining adequate stock levels of these […]

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Tags: Newsagency management · Newsagent suppliers

The challenge of selling a newsagency business with Tatts

June 29th, 2017 · 3 Comments

Tatts Group is in a powerful position when a newsagency business with a Tatts agency is for sale as they have to approve the purchaser. From what I see and hear, the Tatts approval process is opaque. I hear of people approved who are dreadful retailers with few skills and no plan and I hear […]

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Tags: Ethics · Lotteries

The warrior against ‘fake news’ promotes fake news

June 29th, 2017 · No Comments

A fake cover of Time magazine has been discovered on display at gold clubs owned by Trump’s business. Time has request the fake cover be removed. I find it hilarious that Trump of all people has a fake magazine cover featuring him displayed in  his businesses. This is the person who bemoans fake news published […]

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Tags: magazines

MALWARE WARNING.

June 28th, 2017 · No Comments

A new malware attack on computers is sweeping the world. It has hit the UK government, big businesses (shutting down the Cadbury factory in Tasmania) and small businesses. Please protect your business. Here is our advice. Tell all who use your computers to not open any emails that look suspicious in any way. Do not click […]

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Tags: Newsagency management

Beware those who want you to fail

June 28th, 2017 · 2 Comments

There are people who have left the newsagency channel yet remain interested and sometimes and criticise newsagents and their suppliers. Some of them come across with the attitude of I failed so you must fail too. There are others i the channel who have adopted a path different to yours yet seek to talk down […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newsagency management

Nostalgia

June 27th, 2017 · No Comments

I saw this nice bit of history for sale in a store on Smith Street Collingwood on the weekend. From back at a time when newspapers published news and were less engaged in pushing proprietor serving and other agendas. #thosewerethedays 5 likes

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Tags: Newspapers

Lottoland is pitching another ‘discount’

June 27th, 2017 · 3 Comments

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Tags: Lotteries

Uncensored magazine

June 27th, 2017 · No Comments

Uncensored can be a challenging magazine to display. This issue could easily sit with the newspapers instead of fringe titles. It could also be promoted online – depending who you want to attract. That it continues to be published speaks to diversity. 3 likes

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Tags: magazines

A strange newspaper story

June 26th, 2017 · 2 Comments

Published on news.com.au today: Vic woman arrested for dumping newspapers A woman is expected to be charged with “aggravated littering” for allegedly dumping large quantities of newspapers across at least six Melbourne suburbs. The 54-year-old Narre Warren woman was arrested on Monday after allegedly dumping bundles of newspapers over several weeks in Beaconsfield Upper, Narre […]

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Tags: Newspaper distribution · Newspapers

Leveraging the Back to the Future DeLorean partwork

June 26th, 2017 · 4 Comments

With the TVC on air right now, pitching this partwork launch at the front of the business is vital, right now as people will look for it. That is what we are doing – front of store display and placement with pop culture products. I get the the partworks supply model inn Australia is as […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · partworks

Dumping fidget spinners

June 26th, 2017 · 1 Comment

Amart Sports are dumping fidget spinners with a multi buy offer at the counter. The chap I spoke with said they were not moving, even with the additional 20% off on the weekend. This product really has run its race in retail. Make sure you are not left with stock. 8 likes

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Tags: Newsagency management

Sunday newsagency management tip: are you ready for EOFY?

June 25th, 2017 · No Comments

It is the end of the financial year in a few days, are you ready? At the very basic level, here is what you should do at the close of business on June 30: Take a backup. Mark it your June 30 back up. Store it in a safe place. Run a stock listing report. Include […]

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Tags: Management tip · Newsagency management

Sunday newsagency marketing tip: optimism sells

June 25th, 2017 · No Comments

Without a doubt, pitching optimism in-store and online works a treat. It is easy to do this through the products we stock. Customers love it, they love the optimistic product at the counter, the happy Facebook post the range of optimistic products in their own section among gifts. There are plenty of gift and other […]

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Tags: marketing · marketing tip · newsagency marketing

Newspaper front page editorial content covered

June 25th, 2017 · No Comments

I still don’t like seeing the front pages of newspapers covered, especially for cheap subscription deals. 6 likes

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Tags: newspaper masthead desecration

Cards and wrap driving traffic and basket depth growth

June 24th, 2017 · 8 Comments

We are experiencing terrific year on year growth in card sales. The May numbers on a same-store year-on-year comparison basis are terrific. Looking across this you have May 2017 in the numbers to the left. next, you have May 2016. Then, you have the variance. Unit sales and revenue are tracking very well. Unit sales […]

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Tags: giftwrap · Greeting Cards · Newsagency management · newsagency marketing · Newsagency opportunities

Lottoland offers $21M superdraw tickets at 40% off

June 23rd, 2017 · 2 Comments

Check out this marketing email sent out by Lottoland: 0 likes

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Tags: Lotteries

Pitching magazines on social media

June 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

I don’t pitch magazines often on social media but when I do I try and do it in a way that is interesting, different to the usual XXX out now type post. Indeed, being interesting, and entertaining, is essential on social media today, especially on Facebook. That is what I have gone for here with […]

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Tags: magazines

Magazine deals at Woolworths

June 22nd, 2017 · 5 Comments

Check out two differentiating magazine deals from News Corp. and Bauer media, which I saw at Woolworths on George Street in Sydney yesterday: 3 likes

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Tags: Competition · magazines

Analysing the CEO change at Bauer Media

June 21st, 2017 · 4 Comments

Miranda Ward offers an in-depth analysis of the sudden departure of Nick Chan from the CEO role at Bauer Media. I encourage newsagents to read it. Nick Chan brought with him hope for Bauer from a newsagent perspective, as the company had a leader with Australian magazine experience, a leader with a good track record […]

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Tags: magazines

Tatts promotes June 24 superdraw

June 21st, 2017 · 1 Comment

Chasing online sales, using Twitter just now. This from the company that says it promotes its retailers on social media. 4 likes

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Tags: Lotteries

Bauer Media switches CEO

June 21st, 2017 · 2 Comments

Bauer Media announced this morning the appointment of a new CEO: BAUER MEDIA GROUP APPOINTS PAUL DYKZEUL CEO OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND 21 JUNE, 2017 Bauer Media Group have named experienced media executive Paul Dykzeul as chief executive officer of Bauer Media Australia and New Zealand. Dykzeul is currently CEO of Bauer Media New […]

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Tags: magazines

Good times for games and puzzles retailers

June 21st, 2017 · No Comments

Three weeks ago I got to see the latest toy category performance data for Australia. It makes for interesting reading. I was particularly pleased with the result achieved for games and puzzles as this is a segment we embrace. More and more newsagents are realising they can compete with then old-school specialty retailers in a range […]

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Tags: Newsagency management · Newsagency opportunities

Green light for Tabcorp takeover of Tatts

June 20th, 2017 · 1 Comment

Things are about to get more interesting for lottery retailers with the ACCC approval of the Tabcorop / tatts ‘merger’. Only time will tell how the takeover plays out for retailers. Given that share price value is the core focus of any public company it is a challenge to see much upside for retailers. ALNA […]

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Tags: Lotteries

So much for the commitment about magazine reissues

June 20th, 2017 · 3 Comments

This issue of Digital Photography magazine was sent to newsagents by distributor Gordon and Gotch as if it is a new issue. It is not. This issue was sent out a year ago. What Gotch has done is re-send stock newsagents returned, stock that failed to sell. This is an appalling abuse of small business newsagents. […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines

Discussing the Rebel Wilson story

June 19th, 2017 · No Comments

The Rebel Wilson legal action against Bauer Media is a popular topic across newsagency counters at the moment. Several newsagents I have spoken with say it is the biggest magazine related story discussed across the counter this year. 2 likes

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Tags: magazines