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)
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)
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)
Katz Group’s 344 Rexall Drug Stores and Rexall Pharma Plus (Pharma Plus Drugmart), will now sell books, magazines and greeting cards at the U.S. list prices. Canadian News Wire (Nov. 1, 2007)
Katz Group’s 344 Rexall Drug Stores and Rexall Pharma Plus (Pharma Plus Drugmart), will now sell books, magazines and greeting cards at the U.S. list prices.
Canadian News Wire (Nov. 1, 2007)
With a 1.4 million square foot distribution center, all but complete, in
Supermarket News (Nov. 1, 2007)
Mobile content is desperate for advertising support, because the service costs money. The situation is like 1993 and 1994 all over again, according to mobile media and mobile measurement execs. Time for magazines to kick it into gear.
MediaDailyNews (Oct. 30, 2007)
John Q. Griffin, president of the National Geographic Society’s magazine group, was elected to this industry leadership position at the American Magazine Conference in Florida. Stepping down as MPA chairm is Jack Kliger, president and ceo of HFM US. Magazine Publishers of America (Oct. 29, 2007)¼/p>
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)
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>
Baird Davis cites their efficiency-improvement initiatives, shared services agreements and willingness to offer SBT terms to retailers as evidence of wholesalers changing their ways. Circulation Management (Sept. 17, 2007)