Cincinnati Kroger Workers Prepare to Strike

Some 11,000 grocery workers employed at Kroger stores across the Greater Cincinnati area, the stores home region, are preparing for a strike that could potentially impact 77 Kroger stores in the region. Reports from the negotiating table indicate that union workers and company management remain far apart on healthcare, wage and pension issues. The current contract was extended on Oct. 7 and expires at midnight on Nov. 1, though talks are scheduled to continue through the contract expiration date. The Cincinnati Enquirer (Nov. 1, 2007)

Fewer Audited Titles Helping to Relieve the Over-Circulated Consumer Magazine Industry

Looking at the first half ABC numbers, Baird Davis notes the newsstand to subscription source ratio dropped to a new low of 17.2 percent.  But he saw some good news in the overall circulation picture.  Sales losses resulting from a 13 percent decline in the number of audited titles have been largely made up for by an increase in the average circ of surviving titles — from 467,000 to 491,000 — bringing some stability to the industry.   Click below for snapshot analyses of the circulation strategies for the ten biggest publishers.

Circulation Management (Nov. 2, 2007)

Buzz Kanter on a Life in Newsstand Sales

The publisher of American Iron and Roadbike magazines writes — both nostalgically and optimistically — about his career in newsstand sales.  Although upbeat, Buzz does mention that his MBA classmates “…dismissed the single copy world as ‘fatally flawed.'”

Circulation Management (Nov. 2, 2007)

2 Tesco Stores to Open in California

With a 1.4 million square foot distribution center, all but complete, in Riverside, CA, and two stores planning to open in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties in the coming weeks, predictions of Tesco’s impending rise cannot be discounted.  Analysts believe that if Tesco goes forward with its expansion plan, that includes 17 stores in 2008 and 29 more in 2009, it could have more than 1,000 stores and $7 billion in sales 2012.


Supermarket News (Nov. 1, 2007)



Tony Snow Headlines Day One of the American Magazine Conference in Fla.

The former White House spokesman handicapped the presidential race and spoke about the changes in news media.  Gail McGrady, President, Research One, Inc., offered ideas of how to conduct audience research on a budget.  Janesse Bruce of Body & Soul Magazine related her experience of selling a magazine to – and then running it at – a larger company.  Philip Penny, COO of Belvoir Media Group.  Ellen Oppenheim, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer of the MPA suggested that audience figures need to account for non-print readership and must be much more timely, so as not to compare unfavorably with other media in the eyes of advertisers.  And Tracey Ryder, Co-Founder, Edible Communities, has franchised her concept of regional magazines covering locally-grown food.  She began with Edible Ojai in 2002, and has expanded by franchising to 52 publications with circs ranging from 20,000 to 80,000.  The success rate to date: 100%.
Additional highlights available at The AMC Daily, MPA E-Newsletter Special Edition (10/29)

Books Can Be More than an Impulse Buy at Supermarkets

Supermarket chains do well promoting books in connection with big events, like a Harry Potter release, but they also have an oppportunity to sell more of them, more regularly, by capitalizing on the frequency with which consumers shop their stores.  Or, as retail consultant Frank Dell put it, “…there is a whole generation out there that doesn’t yet know how to cook.”  Supermarket News  (Oct. 15, 2007)¼/p>