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It is proposed that there will be
compensation for small businesses, which
can write off assets costing up to $6500.
According to the Federal Government,
nine out of 10 households will receive a
combination of government payments and
tax cuts leaving 69% better off.
How can newsagents best manage
increases in costs from the Carbon Tax?
Newsagents should consider
abatement opportunities like energy
efficiency in-store, which can save as
much or more than the electricity price
increases. (ANF and other newsagent
associations will be providing support
with this, utilising the excellent work QNF
started in 2011.)
Further information is available from
IPS has been trading now for over
seven months with the business
commencing on the 27th June 2011.
IPS launched a new distribution model
to improve the way magazines and
newspapers have historically been
distributed into retailers Australia-wide
with the aim of building a sustainable
model for the future. As expected, during
the launch we had some minor issues
which have now been rectified and, after
consultation with stakeholders and
listening to feedback, new processes and
policies have been implemented.
2012 is shaping up to a big year for
the newsagency industry and IPS has
a number of new initiatives that will be
rolled out during 2012 to improve the way
we do business with all stakeholders.
Below is a small summary of the plans for
• IPS is committed to continue building a
Sustainable Distribution Model for the
future to ensure all stakeholders have
long term growth and success in the
• IPS is improving the Customer Service
Team by streamlining internal processes,
providing additional training and
development for the team and increasing
staff over peak periods.
Investing in new technology.
Develop an effective communication
flow to retailers via social media
outlets such as Facebook and Twitter
and improved methods of email
IPS will be working with retailers to
develop new business rules and policies
to assist retailers in determining the
optimum supply levels for each and every
IPS is helping retailers and publishers
to reduce wastage that results from over
supply into the market.
IPS is currently in discussions with a
number of new and exciting titles about
joining the IPS platform.
Increase marketing and promotions for
retailers to earn higher commission on
sales of IPS titles.
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TV star and retail expert Mary Portas
was engaged by the UK Government to
investigate how to save and stimulate
the 'High Street'.
In the government-commissioned
report Ms Portas outlined 28 action
points to stimulate footfall and profits
on local high streets, many of which
have been neglected and mismanaged.
Suggestions include creating
visionary town teams linking councils
and retailers to manage local retail
areas, national market days to
encourage low cost business start-
ups, and giving local authority new
discretionary powers to offer rate relief
to newly-opened shops. Increased
parking fees at out-of-town outlets,
along with free parking in town centres
were seen as ways of encouraging
people to use local business.
Speaking to the BBC, Ms Portas said,
"The model of the high street is out-
dated. It is working the same way it did
in the 1960s but the 1960s are no longer
here. "I believe our high streets can
be lively, dynamic, exciting and social
places that give a sense of belonging
and trust to a community. Small shops
can compete and must focus their
efforts in three core areas: experience,
service and specialism."
Trade bodies including the National
Federation Retail Newsagents (NFRN),
the British Retail Consortium and the
Scottish Grocer's Federation welcomed
NFRN national president said that
good independent shops are at the
heart of their communities and those
communities are better and stronger for
having such local shops.
Newsagents in Australia could take
heed and join with their local Chambers
of Commerce to work out ways to
bring life back to the high street;
making parking easy, having festivals,
music, entertainment and encouraging
community support groups to hold
events. As shopping centres become
more homogenised and sterile there are
opportunities to make the high street a
really different experience.
PROMOTION INCREASED SALES
The Canberra Times recorded significant sales increases during the Christmas 2011
promotion, with over 2100 extra Saturday papers being sold through newsagencies
and retailers over the course of the competition. Radio advertising directed listeners
to pick up a copy of The Canberra Times at their local newsagency.
The competition gave away one major prize of a $5000 Westfield gift card with ten
runners-up receiving a $500 gift card to spend on having the best Christmas ever.
Angela Pearman was doubly lucky winning the major prize of $5000 along with a
second entry drawn out to claim a runner-up prize of $500!
General Manager Ken Nichols thanked participating newsagencies for their
assistance with promoting the Christmas giveaway.
The winner of the best display was the Jamison Newsagency and the lucky draw
winner was Macka's Griffith Newsagency. Both shops won a $250 Westfield gift card.
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