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The 2012 Tasmanian Newsagent
Industry Awards for Excellence will be
held this year at the Launceston Country
Club Casino on Saturday night, the 5th of
The Tasmanian Shadow Treasurer,
Peter Gutwein MP will be attending and
speaking at the Awards and Tim Cox (ABC
Radio, Gold Coast) will be welcomed back
The Awards are open to all Tasmanian
newsagents and the winners of the
Retail, Home Delivery, Jenlist Newsagent,
New Technologies Award and Employee
of the Year awards will win flights and
accommodation to attend the ANF
National Conference in Brisbane in July.
ACHIEVE SINGLE ENTITY
With the merger of PANPA, Newspaper
Publishers Association and The
Newspaper Works, newspaper publishers
have achieved a single entity organisation
to represent their industry.
The single entity group will operate
as the Newspaper Works, under
the leadership of Tony Hale and will
encompass advocacy, advertising,
government lobbying, regulation, press
freedoms and the environment. It will
promote newspapers across all print
and digital forms to audiences such as
advertisers, consumers, government,
shareholders and industry.
The new organisation will also assume
the responsibilities of the Publishers'
National Environment Bureau.
Chairman of the group, Greg Hywood
said in gxpress that "Our industry needs
one peak organisation with a strong voice
to represent newspapers in the many
forms they now take".
FOR SUPPLIERS THROUGH
Participating in XchangeIT is proving to
be beneficial to newsagents and suppliers
alike. As newsagents are sending more
compliant data they are saving hours of
processing time every week. Suppliers
are also reducing their costs and
increasing their revenues as the real time
data indicates when products are sold
and when they need to be replenished
before running out of any product.
Additionally, suppliers are able to save on
merchandiser re-stocking costs freeing
up merchandisers to spend more time on
improving store marketing capability, this
in turn benefits the retailer.
In the future, such data will be vital for
sales based replenishment of magazines
meaning magazines can be topped up
just when they are needed -- thus avoiding
initial over supply and resultant cash flow
As newsagents see the benefits
XchangeIT is bringing they are saying that
they want more suppliers on XchangeIT as
it saves time on data entry and frees up
time for profit building activities.
FOLDED FLAT THE WAY TO
GO IN CANBERRA
Canberra Times reports that the flat-
wrapped solution adds value and keeps
An article in the newspapers' journal
gxpress says that although flat wrap
uses more plastic (a consumer concern)
consumers are very satisfied with the new
folded flat paper.
Printing and distribution project
manager Barrie Murphy said problems
arose as the paper became thicker with
all the commercial inserts and the roll-
flat machines had difficulty folding them.
Investigations into online bagging led
to the installation of a customised CMC
bagging line in 2007.
A fold unit in the CMC system allows
paginations under 64 pages broadsheet to
be folded in half. Murphy said that light,
unfolded newspapers in bags are "almost
impossible" to throw from a moving car.
"papers are easy to open and
the consumers like them"
Now that a solution had been found to
the plastic bursting on impact, the new
system is quicker and enables CDs to be
inserted for targeted subscribers.
"The drivers now prefer bags and
we're even wrapping papers for some
newsagents," Murphy said.
He said that with all the resources put into
gathering news and technical production they
want to put more into delivering newspapers
in a way that adds value.
...as long as they don't float away
Canberra newsagent Alan Macdonald
reports that the folded paper is quite easy
to throw, although there are still issues on
wet days if pin prick holes appear in the
plastic as it hits cement paths and then
lets the water in.
After six months, Alan says that he still
spends a lot of time sitting and waiting for
papers due to machine breakdowns and
"Large numbers of papers are a bit of a
problem in the car as stacking is difficult
because the plastic covered papers slide
around. The papers cannot be thrown over
the roof of the car so it means we must be
able to throw right or left handed or drive
up the other side of the road. Light papers
float away on windy days," Alan explained.
However, the papers are easy to open
and the consumers like them and that will
be the major consideration as the home
delivered newspaper fights to keeps its
relevance in a digital world.
THE CARBON TAX AND
The ANF National Policy Manager, Ben
Kearney, is examining how the Carbon
Tax may affect the newsagency channel.
Ben outlined some basics facts and is
formulating a final report for the channel.
Carbon Tax --- Basic guide
• Large polluters must surrender to the
government a carbon permit for every
tonne of carbon pollution produced.
• Initially there will be unlimited permits
available at a set price.
• After three years, permit caps will be set
by the government and the price will be
determined by the market.
• Carbon permits can be purchased from
overseas, but only after three years.
Effects on newsagents
The effects of the carbon tax on
newsagents will be indirect and will be felt
as a result of supplier 'pass through' as
the impact on paper, transport and landfill
costs become evident.
Home delivery vehicles will not be
affected as on-road business use of light
vehicles (under 4.5 tonnes) will not face a
carbon price on the fuel they use.
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