Industry Updates


What is a Code of Conduct and why do we need one?

We have put together some answers to the following questions:

1) What is a Code of Conduct?
2) Why do we need a Code of Conduct?
3) Who is the driving force behind the Code?
4) What is the proposed solution?
5) Why is there a trial?
6) Why is the ANF involved?
7) Who was selected for the trial?
8) What is expected from the Code?
9) Will I have a voice?
10) Why haven't distribution-only agents been selected as part of the trial group?
11)Will the Code of Conduct address all existing supply issues?


News Corp and XchangeIT expand promotions initiative

After several trials and proofs of concept, News Corp is using XchangeIT to roll out national promotions in the newsagency channel, the first of these will happen in June, into certain geographic areas in Australia.

The goal is to drive consumers in to newsagencies to purchase a special News Corp newspaper offer which gives you the opportunity to drive add-on sales.


ANF endorses Rewardle rewards system

The ANF has established a partnership with the Rewardle, to assist members with establishing a digital relationship with customers.

Rewardle is a rewards platform, a "digital update to the ubiquitous buy 9, get 1 free punch card." It will provide incentive for consumers to become repeat newsagency customers, while connecting newsagents with other local merchants that are part of Rewardle's rapidly growing Merchant Network. Consumers can use their Rewardle card in any store which is part of the Rewardle Network.


World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers' Memorial Day

Today is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers' Memorial Day - a day to focus on taking actions which can prevent future work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses, and a day to remember those that have died from a work-related injury or illness and reflect on ways we could prevent work-related injury and illness.

Under the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 governments, unions, industry and business leaders are striving to improve work health and safety and we all have an important role to play.


Small Business Competition Alliance

ANF National Policy Manager Ben Kearney met with 10 other small business associations in Sydney on Monday to discuss how to put forward a strong small business viewpoint to the Federal Government on their response to the Harper Review of Competition law.

Big businesses are applying considerable pressure to water down significant reforms like an 'effects test' for misuse of market power and other reforms. Small business need to respond and ensure that small business can have affordable access to justice and be able to compete fairly with big business. We need some of Harpers reforms to be enacted and others to be beefed up to achieve this.


ANF at Small Business Round Table Consultation

Last Friday ANF National Policy Manager Ben Kearney attended a Small Business Round Table Consultation in Melbourne, on the Harper Competition Law review final report, at the invitation of Federal Small Business Minister Bruce Billson.

The ANF were invited along with other small business associations including the Pharmacy Guild, Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia, the Australian Retailers Association, Master Grocers Association and others to give our point of view to the Minister reagrding how we would like the Government to respond to the Harper Report.


MPA Magazine Trial Update

The ANF continues to receive feedback regarding members' views on the proposed MPA magazine trial. A News Alert sent to members last Friday addressed the ACCC pre-determination hearing into whether the publishers, distributors and ANF could meet to conduct a trial into better ways to manage magazine supply according to the application by the MPA.

The ANF is aware members would like this issue addressed quickly and will be pushing ahead with the trial as soon as possible to gather the data necessary to effect real change. Nothing has been decided, all options are open. It is important that this process produces real change and not the rhetoric of the past.


Your chance to win one of our 25th birthday prize packs

CLICK HERE to tell us about your most memorable moment during your time as a newsagent, to be in the running win one of the five brilliant prize packs listed below:

$500 cash from Pacific Magazines
Hallmark cards and gift pack plus free business coaching
GNS stationery pack or order
10 Telstra Tempo smart phones
5 movie tickets courtesy of C-Direct
25% off Newspack insurance
Tool kits courtesy of Fairfax Media

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