Australian Newsagency Blog

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

Entries from May 2019

Do we need to see old magazine titles retired?

May 15th, 2019 · No Comments

In the online world of e-commerce sites, information sited, podcasts and community forums, it is common to see major rebrands and replacements of old with new. Fresh is in online. Thanks to excellent and deep engagement data, decisions are made based on evidence. hence the replacement of brands with new. Looking at the magazine shelves, […]

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Tags: magazines

Discount Mother’s Day cards

May 14th, 2019 · No Comments

Maybe I missed it before but it feels like the extent of low-price Mother’s Day cards in supermarkets is bigger than before. This photo from a Woolworths supermarket shows only part of their low-priced Mother’s Day cards. It was better located than the more expensive cards. 0 likes

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Tags: Greeting Cards

Valuable inventory management mantra for retail newsagents

May 14th, 2019 · No Comments

Never let an item of inventory have a birthday in your business. This is excellent advice. It is easy to track and easy to manage. I did some work for a newsagent last year and in stationery alone they had $37,000 worth of inventory items that had not sold in six months and $13,000 of […]

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Tags: Newsagency management

The Conversation: Mounting evidence the tide is turning on News Corp, and its owner

May 13th, 2019 · No Comments

Mounting evidence the tide is turning on News Corp, and its owner is a terrific article by Dan Himbrechts and published by The Conversation. 6 likes

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Tags: Newspapers

Free flu shots for staff

May 13th, 2019 · No Comments

We offered free flu shots at my office last year through a service we paid for to visit and deliver the shots. This year, we have taken a different approach, to enable people outside of the head office to engage. This year, we are refunding the $20.00 cost of people getting a flu shot from […]

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Tags: Social responsibility

Is Woolworths getting out of magazines?

May 12th, 2019 · 3 Comments

A couple of people mentioned to me they heard a rumour Woolworths was getting out of magazines. I checked several Woolworths stores, including George St Sydney, and while their magazine offer is patchy (at best)  there is no evidence of them exiting yet. What does appear to be the case in Coles and Woolworths is a […]

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Tags: magazines

Newspaper front page cover-up

May 11th, 2019 · No Comments

2019 has seen a significant increase in replacement of the entire front page of some newspapers in Australia with ads. What used to be a rare replacement of front page news with a full wrap-around is more common now in my experience. While we will never know, I’d love to know the impact on sales. […]

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Tags: Newspapers

Mother’s Day day is here

May 11th, 2019 · No Comments

As is often the case with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, the real success of the day for many retailers is the Saturday before. Today is that day. Good luck everyone. I hope the day is a terrific success for the business. Today, as through the season, we have gifts and cards in several locations, […]

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Tags: newsagency marketing

News Corp and tax

May 10th, 2019 · No Comments

The AFR today has a story some may find interesting. Is News Corp still paying zero tax? News Corp did a little tax engineering just days before the election campaign started. It’s always inspiring to see someone backing themselves, and Rupert Murdoch is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to News […]

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Tags: Social responsibility

Accountants don’t always provide good advice when it comes to POS software for small business retailers

May 10th, 2019 · 2 Comments

A newsagent told me this week that their accountant told them they should be using a particular software product to run their newsagency business. The software the accountant recommended has not beed made for newsagency businesses. It does not connect with any suppliers. It is not made in Australia nor is it supported in Australia. […]

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Tags: Newsagency management

ANCOL moves outside South Australia

May 9th, 2019 · 5 Comments

ANCOL has pitched a stationery / gift pack to newsagents outside South Australia, with free shipping: 1 likes

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Tags: Stationery

Terrific Mother’s Day campaign

May 9th, 2019 · No Comments

The Hilton Hotel is Sydney has this wall for messages people can leave about / for their mums. It is part of  an awareness and fundraising campaign for the Mother’s Day Classic, an event in support of Breast cancer research. This display is setup in the foyer of the hotel. What I like about is […]

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Tags: marketing · marketing tip

Federal election comment: politicians should be required to spend a week working in a local small business

May 8th, 2019 · 4 Comments

I first wrote here in 2013 that State and federal politicians should be required to undertake a week of genuine paid work experience in a small business every year. I believe it today more than ever. Right now in Australia, during this 2019 election campaign where small business barely rates a mention,  this idea ought to […]

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Tags: Newsagency management · Social responsibility

Why I am optimistic about indie retail in Australia

May 7th, 2019 · No Comments

I was interviewed last week about indie small business retail in Australia and, in particular, why I am optimistic about the future. I have thought about this a lot as it is a topic prospective retailers often want to discuss. From a headline perspective, people are not spending less, which is good. The trajectory is […]

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Tags: Newsagency management · newsagency of the future · retail

The immediate asset write off benefit for newsagents investing in their businesses

May 6th, 2019 · No Comments

The immediate asset write off benefits that have been further enhanced this year present newsagents investing capital in their businesses tax and other benefits that are worth considering. The details of what we in small businesses can do are outlined in the simpler depreciation for small businesses information from the Australian Taxation Office: Right now, […]

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Tags: Newsagency management

Warm socks a hit for Mother’s Day

May 5th, 2019 · No Comments

We are having terrific success with these unique warm fleecy socks for Mother’s Day. They’re sourced out of Canada. They sell easily once you get shoppers to put their hand deep into a sock, to feel the soft comfort and enjoy the warmth. This tactile approach to the product pitch, even at the counter where […]

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Tags: newsagency marketing

It’s first communion season

May 4th, 2019 · No Comments

This is a valuable, local and family-oriented season with which newsagents can easily and perfectly connect – without coming across as being too commercial. It’s a good fit for our channel. Cards, gifts, crosses, photo frames and rosary beads are some of the items that work well. Basket data analysis shows a typical basket of […]

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News Corp delays roll out of new commission structure

May 3rd, 2019 · No Comments

News Corp. released this notice yesterday: Thursday 2 May 2019  Dear Newsagents & Retailers  In January this year, we informed you of our intent to consolidate our business systems and practices including the implementation of a harmonised and consistent commission structure across all ARM and News Corp Australia mastheads.  The first stage roll out of […]

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Tags: Newspapers

The Monthly looks at News Corp.

May 3rd, 2019 · 2 Comments

News Corp: Democracy’s greatest threat in the latest issue of The Monthly may interest folks here. 7 likes

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Tags: Ethics · Newspapers · Social responsibility

Against the odds: The Guardian breaks even

May 2nd, 2019 · No Comments

The Guardian has announced that they have reached break even point. This is a big story as it demonstrates that a thoughtfully developed and carefully executed plan can make a digital news platform operationally and financially viable. As a subscriber to The Guardian and as on who appreciated their genuine independence, I am pleased to […]

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Tags: Media disruption · Newspapers

Pitch the new look BHG

May 2nd, 2019 · 2 Comments

The refreshed look for Better Homes and Gardens is a good reason to place the latest issue out today at the counter and with newspapers, as well as in the usual location. There is excellent TV coverage for the issue so support in-store should work. Supermarkets are not likely to do anything special. Historically, BHG […]

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Tags: magazines

You can’t miss the digital pitch from News Corp.

May 1st, 2019 · No Comments

The News Corp websites give over plenty of screen real estate for their subscription promotions. The two pitched on he Herald Sun website are a good example. each pitched their $1 a week starter digital only promotion. At $1 a week it’s an easy decision for plenty I suspect as it is loose change. That […]

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Tags: Newspapers

Magazine location in-store

May 1st, 2019 · No Comments

In US drugstores, larger format c-stores, more and more we see magazines located next to greeting cards. I have seen this in stores with a small range of cards and magazines as well as a larger range, where the two departments are next to each other. This departmental adjacency is different to how the stores […]

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Tags: Greeting Cards · magazines