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newsagents and customers.
It also means that newsagents will not
have the worry of handling large amounts
of cash, especially during big jackpot offers
and major superdraw events.
This change brings NSW into line with
other Australian lottery jurisdictions which
already allow payment by credit card.
While players can now use credit cards
to pay for lottery purchases, it is illegal for
agents to offer credit for lottery play.
Source: NSW Lotteries
GOOD THINKING NDD
NDD has surveyed 4000 newsagents
using its eCom platform to ascertain the
expected impact of the holiday season on
magazine sales in various regions.
NDD asked agents if they expect their
magazine business to increase or decrease
during the Christmas/New Year period and
by what percentage.
A second tailored eCampaign will target
agents by response (increase or decrease)
asking them to nominate supply adjustments
for specific (bigger brands) titles.
Martyn Alberry said this information
will assist NDD with allocation decisions of
key publications over Christmas and the
THE PRINTED TRADING
POST TO CLOSE
After more than 40 years The Trading Post
will no longer appear in print with the final
edition published on 29 October, 2009.
The decision reflects a significant shift
in the use of the internet for buying and
selling goods. www.tradingpost.com.au
has experienced a 30 percent increase
in advertising volume in the past two
years, with print adverts continuing to
decline. According to the latest figures,
the newspaper averages 469,000 readers
a week and the website 1.8 million unique
browsers a month.
Sensis paid $636 million for the Trading
Post group of 22 print publications and
five websites in March 2004, trumping
Fairfax Media. But the business was
soon struggling under the onslaught of
online competition. Telstra took a $110m
writedown on the Trading Post in 2007 due
to weak sales of the print edition.
Although all the state-based Trading Post
titles will close their newspaper operations
on 29 October, the group s WA Autotrader
and WA Boatrader publications will
continue to produce their weekly editions.
Source: The Australian
ALF MACCIONI TAKES
OVER AS CEO AT ANF
The Australian Newsagents Federation
(ANF) has appointed Alf Maccioni to the
permanent position of CEO.
Making the announcement, ANF
Chairman Peter Allpike said the former
ANF National General Manager had
already demonstrated his abilities and the
Board is pleased he has accepted the new
role of CEO.
Alf has already been involved with the
significant restructuring that ANF has
undergone in the past months and he is the
obvious choice to run the organisation, Mr
Alf Maccioni replaces Anthony Matis who
was brought in a year ago to restructure
the industry body. During that period
Mr Maccioni played a major role in the
reorganisation of internal processes.
A lot has been done internally at the
ANF and I believe we are now a far more
efficient organisation better able to
represent our members with some very
important issues, Mr Maccioni said.
It s been a priority for me and my team
that the ANF be as strong as possible so it
can best represent newsagents Australia
wide. Newsagents need a tough industry
lobby body when it comes to dealing with
government and suppliers.
Alf s experience is both extensive
and impressive before. He has a great
management track record internationally in
five star hotels and more recently managed
the Macquarie University Student Union.
This included the overall management of all
the retail outlets including the newsagency,
negotiating with suppliers, as well as
providing member services for the campus
The ANF is on track with the plans we
put in place during past months and I m
pleased to be able to continue working with
them, Mr Maccioni said.
ONLINE SAVES PRINT
Trouble at the News Limited printing plant
in Hobart on 10 October prompted The
Mercury to note on its website that the
missing pages were available for download.
The message read:
Today s Mercury has been struck with
production problems, and some pages are
missing. Here they are online.
Click here for page 9 (News page).
Click here for page 10 (News page).
Click here for page 85 (Classifieds Garage
Click here for page 108 (Racing).
The missing pages were caused by an
electrical fault on one of the printing units.
ACP S NEW ERA
ACP Magazines has ended its cost-cutting
phase and entered a new era in which its
INDICATORS FOR IMPROVED ECONOMY
The unexpected increase in the
total number of people employed in
Australia, combined with a slight drop
in the unemployment rate, has caught
economists by surprise and indicates
that the rebound in the economy is now
The unemployment rate was a
seasonally adjusted 5.7 percent in
September, compared with an unrevised
5.8 percent in August, and despite an
increase in the participation rate to 65.2
percent, compared with 65.1 percent in
Employment rose by 40,600 to
10.806 million in September, seasonally
adjusted. Full-time employment rose by
35,400 to 7.590 million in the month and
part-time employment was up by 5,200
to 3.216 million.
In another indicator of the
strengthening jobs market, employment
advertisements in newspapers and the
internet rose by 4.4% in September,
according to the latest ANZ jobs survey
which is the fastest rate since November
2007. However, total advertisements for
jobs was 45% lower than in September
of last year.
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