Newsagents across NSW and the ACT are complaining about the poor delivery performance of News Corp Australia and their primary distribution contractors. Late deliveries to Newsagents mean late or no home deliveries, frustration, lost income and disgruntled customers.
Local Newsroom launched recently to a fanfare of support from some industry sectors, offering Newsagents unheard of commissions and big promises of circulation and sales growth.
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News Corp Australia has announced it is now moving forward with its planned changes to distribution in south east Queensland. They propose to change distribution in that area in a manner similar to what was introduced into metropolitan Sydney earlier this year.
NANA has represented several Members direct with Ovato in order to overcome problems associated with their new delivery contractors. Problems have been experienced in Sydney metro, NSW rural and regional, and ACT locations.
Wrapaway had advised some Newsagents that they intended to reduce commissions on their stable of titles from 25% to 12.5% effective 12 July 2020. Wrapaway provides many foreign language papers and magazines to Newsagents via the News Corp distribution service.
NANA has been working with Members in Southern NSW to seek the removal of freight applied by News Corp Australia on interstate titles. The proximity of South Coast Newsagents to the Victorian border has meant that many carry the Herald Sun out of Melbourne.
Recent changes to Ovato’s distribution contract arrangements, especially in the Sydney metropolitan and Blue Mountains areas have highlighted the need to keep on top of the new contractors and sort out delivery arrangements to safeguard deliveries.
Over the last 6 months distribution of News Corp Australia mastheads has changed dramatically with the appointment of a sole distributor for product across what was up to 359 traditional Newsagency territories. National Distribution Services (NDS) is now responsible for all News Corp Australia distribution in the Sydney metropolitan area.
According to a notification to Newsagents on Friday, 19 June, Ovato has announced that, “After a full business review and overwhelming positive feedback from many newsagents on our temporary halt to us requiring full copies, we have made the decision that we will now permanently stop all full copy magazine returns.” The following are the conditions […]