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Newsagents set to lose newspaper sales to Coles this weekend thanks to a News Corp. deal with the supermarket chain

Mark Fletcher
December 7th, 2018 · 5 Comments

News Corp. preferences Coles over small business newspaper outlets with this deal as promoted in today’s Herald Sun:


Category: Newsagent suppliers · Newspapers · Social responsibility · Ugh!

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kim // Dec 7, 2018 at 8:20 PM

    Sad day Mark. I am no longer a newsagent having retired 19 years ago. It was clear to me then that publishers’ loyalty to the news agency network was commercially outdated; that digital news delivery was imminent; and that coming generational change was to challenge what we had assumed was to be an ongoing unchanged market. In those earlier years, as a NANA Director, I suggested a tiered franchising arrangement, a common newsagent Australia-wide digitally mapped 13NEWS telephone number and marketing tool, and a ‘pack, wrap and despatch’ network. I argued that the newsagancy industry offered a chain of retail outlets uniquely geographically and demographically rpresentated across Australia. What might have been. Good luck.


  • 2 pat // Dec 8, 2018 at 9:03 AM

    coles says jump they all ask how high


  • 3 Shayne // Dec 8, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    So customers can buy a paper from Coles present the coupon to the newsagent and receive whatever the free giveaway is at the time but the reverse doesnt apply. No double standards here!


  • 4 Colin // Dec 8, 2018 at 7:22 PM

    I had one customer in today wanted her free little shop toy, I pointed out that it is a Coles only promotion and she would have to go to a Coles store about 8 kilometres away . She stormed out in a real huff mind you she purchased her paper in Woolworths.


  • 5 pat // Dec 9, 2018 at 7:49 AM

    I pretty much got accused of lying the other day when trying to explain that we did not have a free scarf with elle magazine this month and was more likely a supermarket promotion.


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