Australian Newsagency Blog

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

Entries from September 2018

Pitching Better Homes and Gardens

September 30th, 2018 · No Comments

When I post about magazines on social media I use photos in the magazines rather than the covers. I think this is more interesting than a magazine cover shot, which is what most others use. My magazine posts, which are infrequent, celebrate interesting content. It’s not about chasing likes and shares. This post about Better Home […]

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Tags: magazines

Debate on cashless church collections can benefit retailers

September 30th, 2018 · No Comments

Further to my posts already about cashless retail comes a story in The Sydney Morning Herald about cashless collection plates at St. Mary’s Cathedral. While there is plenty of debate about cashless collections by churches, it shines a light on the place of cash in everyday and this debate is useful for retailers contemplating reducing […]

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Tags: Newsagency management · newsagency of the future

Hallmark Keepsake ornaments popular in the newsagency

September 29th, 2018 · 2 Comments

The Hallmark Keepsake Christmas ornaments are working a treat this year. They are driving in-store traffic as well as excellent online sales for the Hallmark Keepsake ornaments web site we created. What is interesting about online sales is that not one is from a local to the store. Indeed, 75% of sales have been out […]

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Tags: newsagency marketing · Newsagency opportunities

Are partworks set to be a thing of the past in Australia?

September 28th, 2018 · No Comments

With the unexpected liquidation of partworks importer and distributor Bissett Magazines, the question is: do partworks have a future in Australia? The closure of Bissett came as a shock to magazine professionals. Bissett had what was effectively a monopoly on partworks in Australia. They had been in this position for many years, supplying newsagents through […]

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Tags: magazine distribution · magazines · partworks

AFL Grand Final lunch

September 27th, 2018 · No Comments

We’re celebrating in the office today ahead of the public holiday in Victoria tomorrow for the Grand Final parade. You’ve got to love a state with a public holiday for a horse race and a foot game parade. Anyway, we have cake and that’s a good thing. 5 likes

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Tags: Fun

Lotterywest conference highlights

September 27th, 2018 · No Comments

Here is a video released by Lotterywest featuring highlights of their recent conference in Perth: 2 likes

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Tags: Lotteries

VALE JIM CASSIMATIS.

September 26th, 2018 · 1 Comment

Jim Cassimatis, the owner of newsXpress Caboolture and newsXpress North Lakes, passed away yesterday afternoon surrounded by his children and family. It was very peaceful. He was calm and just drifted away with no struggle. Jim suffered a brain aneurysm on Sunday and had been in hospital since. Jim served the newsagency channel for many […]

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Tags: Social responsibility

Are licensed post office businesses set to take action against Australia Post for fair pay?

September 26th, 2018 · 9 Comments

Yesterday, I heard a radio interview with the head of an association representing Licensed Post Office (LPO) businesses in which they canvassed taking action against Australia Post for fair pay. They outlined the current model and, in particular, a decline in gross profit because of constraints in their agreement with Australia Post and because of […]

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Tags: Australia Post

New lottery outlets impact the value of an existing businesses

September 25th, 2018 · 5 Comments

Imagine the impact on your newsagency with lotteries if a new outlet opens a few minutes walk away. Imagine you’ve worked hard for years to build up your business, traded through tough economic times and here you are experiencing nice growth and, finally, feeling that your head is above water. And then you discover a […]

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Tags: Ethics · Lotteries · Social responsibility

Helping newsagents see beyond the traditional

September 24th, 2018 · No Comments

My newsagency software company has launched a campaign that, in part, helps newsagents look beyond the traditional view of their business. here is the front of the first post and in that campaign: I see newsagency businesses evolving every day. The diversity resulting from the evolution is wonderful, inspiring. For the future of retail businesses […]

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Tags: Newsagency management · newsagency of the future · Newsagency opportunities

Sunday retail management tip: on competing with big businesses

September 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

Small business retailers often express frustration at big business competitors: they have more money for marketing, get better supplier deals and often have lower overheads per dollar of revenue. In my experience, there is little to be gained from worrying about these things, which we cannot change. There is more to gain from focussing on […]

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Tags: Management tip · marketing tip · Newsagency management

Zumbo: cashless

September 22nd, 2018 · 2 Comments

Further to my recent post about cashless retail, I noticed Zumbo at QVB in Sydney is cashless. While not without challenges, I expect more retail businesses will move to cashless as the benefits are considerable. 2 likes

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Tags: Newsagency management

Pitching boxed Christmas cards in the newsagency

September 22nd, 2018 · 2 Comments

We started with a small selection of boxed Christmas cards near the entrance to the business, to introduce their availability. Already, we are seeing hero designs emerge. As is often the case, the religious themed cards sell well early in the boxed card season. The connection with Make A Wish is valuable as boxed card […]

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Tags: Greeting Cards

The first ever newsagent’s choir sets up discussion about teamwork and strategy

September 21st, 2018 · 2 Comments

The newsXpress national conference on the Gold Coast this week opened with Pub Choir leading a 90 minute workshop that created a choir of newsagents and suppliers. The 200 voices, who had never sung together before, singing Better Be Home Soon by Crowded House created a beautiful sound. The experience spoke to confronting challenges, breaking […]

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

Newsagents feature in Take 5, on sale now.

September 20th, 2018 · No Comments

While I’m not sure about the headline, it is terrific to see newsagents feature in the latest issue of Take 5 magazine. This is an issue to promote on social media as it humanises newsagents, makes us human and fun, if not wild! All good stuff! 6 likes

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Tags: Fun · magazines

The challenge of the convenience model for newsagents

September 20th, 2018 · 5 Comments

In addition to my post on this topic earlier this year, here is a video I shot a last week where I talk more about the challenges I see in a convenience model for newsagents: 13 likes

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Tags: Convenience retail · Newsagency challenges

Look carefully at revenue at the start and end of the day

September 19th, 2018 · 2 Comments

Talking with a newsagent recently about labour costs in their business and reviewing their data we could see that between 5am and 7am on the six days they were open they lost close to $200.00 a week. They had two staff on for security reasons. The nature of the business, its location and management practices […]

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Tags: Newsagency management

Fake licence products hurt ethical retailers

September 18th, 2018 · 5 Comments

A competitor of one of my shops sells fake licence product for considerably less than the authentic licence products we sell. They have done it for some years. While the landlord was unconcerned about fake products being sold in the centre, the licence holder was more engaged. However, they did not proceed with legal action […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newsagency management

Questions for newsagents from uni students

September 17th, 2018 · 6 Comments

I have been interviewed by four uni students in this week for papers each is preparing for assessment. Two are writing papers for business studies, one for journalism and one for media studies. In each case they were interested in where our channel sits in this period of disruption to print media. They came at […]

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Tags: Newsagency management · newsagency marketing · newsagency of the future · Newsagency opportunities

A teacher appreciation video from newsXpress

September 16th, 2018 · 10 Comments

Here is a video newsXpress has just released to its members for use on social media, recognising the teachers in our community. 13 likes

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Tags: marketing · Social responsibility

A marketing video any small business retailer can use

September 16th, 2018 · No Comments

My POS software company produced this un-branded marketing video for its small business retail customers to use if they wish on social media and elsewhere. 11 likes

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Tags: marketing

Leveraging Peppa Pig for the newsagency

September 15th, 2018 · No Comments

Peppa Pig is one of the top licences in Australia with 200,000 searches a month. What’s terrific is that newsagents can access plenty of Peppa Pig products from greeting cards to stationery to toys to plush. The thing is, however, you need to display Peppa Pig products together to tell a strong and noticeable Peppa […]

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Tags: Basket building · Newsagency management · newsagency marketing · Newsagency opportunities

Smart placement of puzzles and pens

September 15th, 2018 · No Comments

Check out this placement of a small format puzzle book and pens at a news outlet at Sydney airport. This is situated with fashion titles, close to the front. Where retail space is expensive, it pays to be smart and maximise every shopping visit opportunity. 6 likes

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Tags: crosswords

Growth in higher price-point toy revenue in Australia

September 14th, 2018 · 4 Comments

Good news: Independent industry driven analysis of toy purchases at retail in Australia in the last financial year reveals significant growth in $10+ product purchase points. All price point bands above $10 show growth in the research results. Even at the $50+ point, which accounts for 25% of revenue, we see 3% year on year […]

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Tags: Newsagency opportunities · Trends

Fresh tips on using Facebook to promote your newsagency

September 14th, 2018 · No Comments

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Tags: marketing · marketing tip · newsagency marketing