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MAGAZINES FROM FAIRFAX
Adam Gray, General Manager of Fairfax
Media Publications Solutions (FMPS) has
responded to newsagents' concerns about
supply of titles transferred from NDD. Gray
said the FMPS team has been testing the
ability to manage early returns efficiently
"Agents will be able to early return the
first edition of any FMPS titles that is not
suitable for their individual businesses.
This can be done via the claims tab in
CONNECT and the credit will go against
their next invoice easing the cash flow
burden on newsagents," he said.
Gray explained that after the initial
supply agents will be able to manage their
own supply levels for nominated FMPS
titles (only) via CONNECT by following the
• FMPS is working with internal
stakeholders and investigating possible
changes to delivery documentation so they
fall into line with the processes used by
other magazine publishers/ distributors.
• FMPS is committed to joining the
XchangeIT EDI platform.
• FMPS is developing a business model that
best meets the needs of all stakeholders. Part
of that business model includes supporting a
'pull v push' supply model where agents have
the ability to select the nominated FMPS titles
and the quantities of these magazines that
they wish to provide their customers.
• FMPS will work through any issue raised
by newsagents in relation to the supply
process. This will be done on case by case
basis so as to be able to apply the correct
criteria to each case.
with minimum employment standards
is a serious matter and that compliance
with award obligations is of paramount
importance," Magistrate Chambers said.
Magistrate Chambers also ordered
the company to back-pay the worker the
money she is owed.
"The failure of the defendants to make
any payments towards rectifying the
underpayment over the past 16 months
demonstrates a lack of genuine contrition,"
(Source: Inside Retailing)
This didn't have to happen
The ANF, QNF and VANA have provided all
the necessary information for newsagents
to access the correct wage rates and
there has been constant communication
to alert newsagents to the correct
procedures. There is no excuse for failing
to adhere to the new wage rates and
conditions. Newsagents should contact
their association immediately to access
assistance should they require it.
On Thursday 5th August four newsagent
association CEOs -- Alf Maccioni (ANF),
Peter Cowley (VANA), Gary Monks (NANA)
and Ann Nugent (QNF) met in Sydney
at the invitation of News Limited Senior
Circulation Executives to discuss the future
of the distribution and retail of newspapers
in the Eastern States.
News Limited acknowledged that the
current model has cracks in terms of both
territory size and viability. Newsagents are
under pressure with not just News Limited
but also other major suppliers and we need
to keep this in mind when formulating a
more efficient solution.
News Limited emphasised that they
"The demise of NDD created both
challenges and opportunities for us all. FMPS
is trying to work with newsagents to shore-
up this part of the retail network, so that
these types of niche publications can still be
distributed and sold, in a way that is beneficial
for newsagents; publishers, and FMPS.
FMPA currently has 93 titles for
distribution and a list of titles is available for
newsagents on request. Without positive
action we could see a small but important
revenue stream disappear from the network
and also a loss of customers," Gray said.
NEWSAGENT FINED FOR
The operators of a Melbourne newsagency
have been fined more than $26,000
following a prosecution by the Fair Work
The newsagent has been fined $4620
and the company he owns has been
fined a further $22,000 in the Melbourne
Magistrate Amanda Chambers imposed
the fines after the newsagent admitted
he was centrally involved in his company
committing three breaches of workplace
laws by underpaying a casual retail
assistant at his newsagency $4697 from
April 2007 to January 2009.
The employee, aged in her 50s, was paid
a flat hourly rate of $18 for all hours worked
-- but was entitled to up to $21 an hour on
weekdays and Saturdays and up to $33 an
hour on Sundays.
"The court is required to impose a
penalty that serves as a clear deterrent
to other employers that non-compliance
I am planning to build a 'pull' vs 'push' supply
model which will allow newsagents to select
the titles they want to sell
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