Australian Newsagency Blog

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

Entries from June 2019

How pathetic – Geelong Advertiser

June 30th, 2019 · 3 Comments

They are hunting for news stories about local restaurants. 12 likes

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Tags: Newspapers · Ugh!

General Retail Industry Retail Award

June 29th, 2019 · No Comments

Click here to access to award rates as they apply from July 1, 2019. Click here to see the actual Award. This is important as it details obligations beyond pay. 10 likes

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Tags: Newsagency management

Macquarie Bank bans use of cards of gambling products

June 28th, 2019 · 22 Comments

The AFR reports that the Macquarie Bank has bans credit cards for gambling. The changes, to start on July 1, will mean any transactions classified under the merchant codes as gambling will be blocked when the card holder tries to pay. The move is in response to growing regulatory and government concern, both in Australia […]

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Tags: Lotteries

Blyeshyft crypto in the news

June 27th, 2019 · No Comments

ROGUE BOT: Australian exchange loses, then recovers, $1 billion in crypto An Australian exchange has lost more than $1 billion worth of crypto in an hour – but the owner of a trading bot kindly gave it all back. CEO Kain Warwick responds to billion dollar loss “There are currently a number of trading bots […]

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Tags: Social responsibility

Delivery knows no bounds

June 27th, 2019 · 6 Comments

With 7-Eleven now offering a delivery service to more than 2m000 hot spots such as beaches and parks, the gig delivery world just expanded. The retailer told The Associated Press that more than 2,000 7-Eleven “hot spots” including New York’s Central Park and Venice Beach in Los Angeles will be working starting Monday. Customers need […]

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

Beware LayBys in retail

June 26th, 2019 · No Comments

While LayBys have been around for decades in retail, the rules are not what they used to be. This came home recently to a retailer I know who was left with a $550.00 value item that a customer had been paying off over two months but then changed their mind. This issue for the retailer […]

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Tags: Newsagency management

How to pitch gift bags and cards in the shop window

June 25th, 2019 · No Comments

Check out this awesome window display at a Papyrus store. Now, a different Papyrus store but a similarly good pitch: we can do this in our shops. 7 likes

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Tags: giftwrap · newsagency marketing

Buy Now Pay Later options for small business retailers

June 24th, 2019 · No Comments

With the tough two weeks for Afterpay, several retailers have asked be about alternatives. While Afterpay is the name in this space of buy now pay later, Humm (formerly Oxipay) and Zip Pay (and Zip Money) are all worth a look. Humm is part of the ASX traded Flexi group. Each of these platforms can […]

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Tags: Newsagency management

Free shop local video

June 23rd, 2019 · No Comments

I make videos for Tower Systems and newsXpress for social media and other marketing. For some I use original video and still image content while for others I use premium stock videos. Through Tower we also offer unbranded visited for any retailer to use to provide brief entertainment fun content for use on social media. […]

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Tags: marketing · newsagency marketing

Forward leaning newsagencies popular with landlords

June 22nd, 2019 · 3 Comments

I have noticed a shift in what landlords of small, medium and large centres are looking for from newsagency businesses. Whereas in the past they sought restrictions to control the businesses to traditional offerings, today more are wanting to partner with retailers who are actively playing beyond the traditional boundaries. This is especially true in […]

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Tags: newsagency of the future

When TV news reports on a lottery jackpot

June 21st, 2019 · No Comments

Here’s a laugh for Friday, from the US… At least he’s honest. (🎥 via @misslaneym) pic.twitter.com/A0DdxJrKyo — Only in America (@Crazzyintheusa) June 19, 2019 6 likes

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Tags: Fun

Chasing new traffic this week for newsagents

June 21st, 2019 · No Comments

newsXpress stores are this week chasing new traffic with a national TV ad campaign for Beanie Boos. Ranked in the top five revenue generators in their category, Boos are valuable at attracting shoppers, driving impulse purchases and boosting basket value. I think it is important we promote our businesses externally through products we are not […]

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Tags: Newsagency marketing group · newsagency of the future

RIDE Cycling Media supports newsagents

June 21st, 2019 · 1 Comment

The Official Tour de France Guide will be available in Australian newsagents from Monday 17 June.• Your TV viewing companion• Details of every stage & all the teams• 212-pages + huge pull-out poster@CyclingCentral#SBSTDF#CouchPeloton#TDF2019 (NZ on sale: 1 July.) pic.twitter.com/gn4M5ZqMK9 — RIDE Cycling Media (@ridemediaHQ) June 13, 2019 2 likes

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Tags: newsagency marketing

Retail management advice: reduce visual noise

June 20th, 2019 · No Comments

Visual noise can block sales in retail, especially in a shop with products that themselves are colourful, like a business with cards and magazines. Suppliers add to the visual noise challenge with suggestions (demands from some) for displays focussed on their products. Your visual noise strategy for your business needs to serve your business. Less […]

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Tags: Management tip · Newsagency management · newsagency marketing

Driving relevance for the newsagency

June 19th, 2019 · No Comments

Here is our in-store pitch in support of the new Toy Story film out this week. Online, too, we are similarly engaged. Connecting with blockbuster movies is lucrative, especially using products with 50%+ GP and that offer net new traffic. Finding new traffic starts with product. It works well when you can connect with a […]

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Tags: Gifts

OzLotto $80M

June 19th, 2019 · No Comments

Okay so OzLotto did not go off and next week’s jackpot is now $80,000,000. This offers a nice traffic boost that lottery retailers can leverage. It’s an opportunity to seize. From the front door, within the rules of what is allowed, pitch what differentiates your business, what can be easily understood and what could bring […]

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Tags: Lotteries

The ethics of sales reps and those they work for

June 18th, 2019 · No Comments

Some sales representatives who call on newsagents and other indie retailers will do anything to get you to buy their products or service. Retailers would know who I mean – they are the sales people who try and win business by lying about the competitors.  It’s their point of difference. I am talking here about […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newsagency management

Independent media gathers steam while mainstream struggles: latest numbers

June 17th, 2019 · 1 Comment

At Michael West’s excellent indie news and analysis site is this terrific report about the growth in engagement with independent media: Independent public interest journalism continues to attract larger audiences. Growth in online readership at www.michaelwest.com.au jumped 67 per cent in the last quarter. Kim Wingerei at theIndependents.org.au reports. AUDIENCE GROWTH at michaelwest.com.au is part […]

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Tags: Media disruption

Magazines as stationery

June 16th, 2019 · No Comments

Typo has a range of journals that look like National Geographic magazines, as part of their front of store stationery pitch. I have see it in three of their stores in the last two weeks. They have gone for iconic covers that resonate. It’s a smart move by this forward leaning retailer. It would work […]

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Tags: Stationery

Smart move to pitch a lottery ticket as a gift

June 15th, 2019 · 7 Comments

I love this pitch in a Wellington, New Zealand, lottery outlet of cards next to the lottery terminal. It guides shoppers about a lottery ticket (or product) as being ideal for slipping into a card, subtly encouraging the shopper without in-your-face marketing. It’s show, don’t tell. I suspect that the placement of greeting cards next […]

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Tags: Lotteries · Newsagency opportunities

Should we consider armed security guards to cut theft?

June 14th, 2019 · 6 Comments

Gerry Harvey has called for consideration of this. “In a lot of our stores overseas, where we’ve got the security people, they’ve got guns on them. “Now if those kids knew there was a security guard there with a gun on him, they would not have gone in.” In my experience employee theft is a […]

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Tags: theft

Have you seen the new Officeworks in Cheltenham Victoria

June 13th, 2019 · No Comments

If you are bashed in Victoria and have not seen the new Officeworks near Southbound, check it out. It is impressive. The range, hours and price pitch are impossible for indie retailers to match. 8 likes

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Tags: Stationery

New magazine launch targets valuable core shopper demo

June 12th, 2019 · No Comments

The launch tomorrow of It’s Your Day by Bauer Media is important for newsagents as this new title targets a demographic that is key to our channel – women 35+. This is the demo that spends the most on cards, visits most often and connects best with the newsagency channel. The launch of It’s Your […]

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Tags: magazines

News Corp launches new local news website four Canberra

June 11th, 2019 · 3 Comments

NEW WEBSITE 🙌 🙌 🙌 Today NewsLocal launches the Canberra Star, a hyperlocal digital news platform providing community news for the nation’s capital. MORE HERE: https://t.co/dGnyoKT4rE pic.twitter.com/j0Zquj9NCh — Canberra Star (@thecanberrastar) June 10, 2019 4 likes

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Tags: Media disruption

The nonsense of newspaper commissions for retail newsagents

June 11th, 2019 · 2 Comments

Three price change notifications to one newsagent, for three newspapers, all to the same cover price, but each with a different commission, from the one publisher. The work for the newsagent is the same for each. Maybe I am missing something, but the differences do not make sense to me. 11 likes

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Tags: Newspapers · Ugh!