Aug 9, 2012

Newsagents mull News Ltd paper distribution changes

Newsagents are understandably concerned about the impact of the News Limited newspaper distribution changes. Mark Fletcher at Australian Newsagency Blog outlines the challenges for businesses.

Newsagents are understandably concerned about the impact of the News Limited newspaper distribution changes. Their concerns have been heightened by poor communication about the coming changes over the past two years — from News and state-based newsagent associations.

The T2020 “Newsagents for the future” strategy — dropped online this morning — is an opportunity to start again, to reset if you will. It is the first time newsagents have had direct access to considerable information from News Limited on its plans.

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3 thoughts on “Newsagents mull News Ltd paper distribution changes

  1. Hamis Hill

    The Economist, Schumpeter, argued that the “innovative entry by entrepreneurs.. destroyed the value of established companies that enjoyed a degree of monopoly power” (Wikipaedia)
    He called it creative destruction.
    Explains News Ltd’s continuing and futile opposition to the NBN.
    And the internet’s innovative “entrepreneurs” like Crikey.
    Will there be any “newsagents” at all by 2020?
    Or will they, like the print media itself, all be, collaterally, “Creatively Destroyed”?

  2. David Spice

    Of course this is overdue. But it is also a really interesting step if news is going alone. Because Fairfax will be stuck with even more underperformance and cost in its distribution. Especially in NSW.

  3. Mark Heydon

    Newsagents seem to be one of those industries, along with paper based newspapers and video stores that have a very limited future. We are already seeing this in my suburb where two newsagents have closed down in the last 6 months.
    If the various state based lottery agencies would produce a decent on-line point of sales, the rest of the newsagents (in my area at least) wouldn’t last another 6 months.

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