Australian Newsagency Blog

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

Entries from March 2018

Tips for a last minute push on Easter products

March 31st, 2018 · No Comments

If you have Easter stock still in-store, I suggest you pitch it hard to clear the stock, so that none is stored for next year. I never keep unsold seasonal items as I see that as a waste o0f money one all fronts: space, labour, inventory. Here are tips for quitting Easter stock: Put everything […]

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Tags: Newsagency management · newsagency marketing

Newsagents off the radar

March 30th, 2018 · 5 Comments

There was a time trading hours of newsagents mattered. Not in The Age today or the Herald Sun, because times have changed. Businesses that are part of everyday are listed. 5 likes

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Tags: newsagency of the future

Missing a massive news day

March 30th, 2018 · No Comments

On a massive news day for sports-obsessed Australia, plenty of people will get their fix without print, without a visit to the newsagent. 7 likes

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Tags: Media disruption · Newspapers

Woolworths pitching for local business business

March 29th, 2018 · No Comments

I received this A5 double-sided flyer from Woolworths at my software company Monday this week. It is another piece of business to business marketing from them, the second I have received this year already. Promoting to local businesses is important. As Woolworths shows in their offer, the actual offer does not need to be substantial. […]

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Tags: marketing · newsagency marketing · Newsagency marketing group · newsagency of the future

Different ways of pitching stationery in the newsagency

March 28th, 2018 · No Comments

Stationery, particularly pens and pencils, is being pitched in many different ways that challenge the traditional newsagency approach. Some of the new ways are successful at getting people to purchase stationery for purposes other than immediate use, this is brilliant. It can be through display, packaging or tactical placement that pitches stationery differently to what […]

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Tags: Stationery

Lottoland responds to federal legislation move

March 27th, 2018 · 1 Comment

news.com.au reports: In a statement, Lottoland Australia CEO Luke Brill said, “While we understand the concerns expressed by some newsagents, the proposed legislation is both misguided and unnecessary. “The fact is that Lottoland does not offer betting opportunities on any Australian lottery, so our offering does not have a direct impact on newsagents. “On the […]

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Tags: Lotteries

Lotto betting to be prohibited in Australia

March 27th, 2018 · 14 Comments

Big news in this press release from ALNA today: Australia, 27 March 2018: The lotto and keno betting industry will cease to exist under a new proposed amendment to the Interactive Gambling Bill, meaning the closure of dangerous sites like Lottoland and Planet Lottery – a move welcomed by the Australian Lottery and Newsagents Association. The […]

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Tags: Lotteries

Retail manager vacancy in Melbourne

March 27th, 2018 · No Comments

As a result of a promotion in the group there is an opportunity at newsXpress Southland in a store manager role. I am looking for someone keen to lead and leverage the excellent work already done in the growing business. This is 80% a gift and collectibles shop. No lotteries. No tobacco. If you know […]

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Tags: Newsagency management

Promoting single issues of special interest magazines by subscription

March 27th, 2018 · No Comments

Stack is a fascinating business, one we newsagents should take note of. Stack costs £7 per month. For that they will send you a different independent special interest magazine each month. It is a fascinating model, one that I think could work here in Australia. Their website is excellent, pricing good and pitch compelling. They have done […]

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Tags: Magazine subscriptions · magazines

Managing your Gotch account

March 26th, 2018 · No Comments

With AFL cards set to his your Gotch account in one chunk and in a way that is financially unfair to newsagency businesses, early returns of magazine titles not currently paying their way, of that have been oversupplied, is one way to mitigate the impact on cash flow. To the magazine publishers concerned about this […]

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Tags: magazines · Newsagency management

Using the lottery ticket vending machine

March 26th, 2018 · 2 Comments

I bought a $20 Powerball ticket in Seattle Friday last week and filmed it, so you can see how easy it is and how they do the age check. 10 likes

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Tags: Lotteries

Counter impulse pitch inspiration

March 25th, 2018 · No Comments

US retailers in the card / gift / convenience space upsell at the counter well, through structured displays that regularly change. Here is one unit I particularly like, with ideal impulse purchase items: 2 likes

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Tags: Impulse lines · Newsagency management

Australia Post tries a new online marketing event

March 24th, 2018 · No Comments

Earlier this week, Australia Post promoted Click Frenzy Junior, an online only sales and marketing event for online business partners of Australia Post. It is a partner event to the bigger Click Frenzy, the main event run online. Since it was the first time for this event, noise on social media was small. I suspect sales […]

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Tags: newsagency marketing

Some thoughts on the traffic challenge for newsagents

March 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

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Tags: magazines · Media disruption · Newsagency management · newsagency of the future · Newspapers

Learnings from Shoptalk 2018 in Las Vegas

March 22nd, 2018 · 1 Comment

While the takeaways from the Shoptalk conference are considerable, here are some early insights I’d like to share here as I think they are relevant to newsagents:  30 likes

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Tags: Newsagency management · newsagency of the future

The value of moving tech from the back room in retail businesses

March 21st, 2018 · No Comments

Many years ago newsagents and many other retailers placed high importance on technology for the back room of the business. Typically, it was used for arriving new stock, doing returns, running reports and general management. Today, I see little value in a retail business like a Newsagency for technology in the back room. This is […]

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Tags: Newsagency management

Easter marketing tips for newsagents

March 20th, 2018 · 1 Comment

I have revised my previous Easter marketing ideas and offer them here for retailers looking to take a different, non-traditional)  approach to marketing this season of increasing value: Have a festival of tastes in-store. Invite customers to bring a plate of Easter traditional food to share with others. Promote gratefulness. Easter is a good this […]

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Tags: Uncategorized

Fake $50 notes

March 19th, 2018 · 1 Comment

I have been contacted by two newsagents in the last week about them receiving fake $50 notes in their businesses. Both are from New South Wales, but hours apart. The reserve Back website has excellent details on how to spot fake Australian banknotes. I urge you to print this and ensure all team members have […]

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Tags: Newsagency management

Massive St Patrick’s Day in New York

March 19th, 2018 · No Comments

I am grateful for the opportunity to spend St Patricks Day 2018 in New York. It was fun, loud, sloppy and memorable. In retail, it was good to see the range of celebration products available, including greeting cards. In many stores they were sold out. The photo is from a large CVS (drug store) near […]

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Tags: Newsagency opportunities

Australian Business For Sale magazine promotes newsagents on Twitter

March 19th, 2018 · No Comments

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Tags: newsagency marketing

Easter product displays to inspire

March 18th, 2018 · No Comments

Here are several Easter displays from US stores that I like, for inspiration… 6 likes

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Tags: visual merchandising

Understanding how much the ‘newsagency’ world has changed

March 17th, 2018 · 4 Comments

The post on green shoots being experienced by some newsagents has a small group of people in a lather. The reality is that what transacts under a newsagency shingle has changed dramatically for many in recent years. So mush so for some that the shingle is almost all that remains of the old business. Online […]

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Tags: Newsagency management · newsagency of the future

Magazine distributor IPS

March 16th, 2018 · 5 Comments

I have heard from several newsagents in recent weeks of issues with IPS an, in particular, data. My understanding is that IPS has been no help in resolving the matters. I have posted this, here, so people may comment about their experiences with IPS. 3 likes

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Tags: magazine distribution

A blast from the past

March 16th, 2018 · No Comments

This dropped into my Twitter feed yesterday … 6 likes

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Tags: History

800 Toys R Us stores to close

March 15th, 2018 · 5 Comments

Further to my earlier post about the toy opportunity, Toys R Us has announced all US and UK stores will close. Toy retail around the world will be impacted. 2 likes

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Tags: Newsagency opportunities