Industry Updates


The Productivity Commission releases Draft Report into the Workplace Relations Framework

The Productivity Commission released their Draft Report into the Workplace Relations Framework at 11am this morning.

In the ANF's submission to this inquiry earlier this year, we asked for a more common sense approach to Sunday Penalty rates in retail, easier access for small businesses to utilise Enterprise Bargaining Agreements and significantly better Individual Flexibility Arrangement (IFA) provisions, along with a simplified model for meeting employer obligations and some changes to how the Fair Work Commission works with small business. (see ANF submission HERE).


Staff profile: Ben Kearney, ANF-TAS GM/National Policy Manager

Ben Kearny has been with the ANF for seven years as ANF-Tasmania general manager and also national policy advisor.

Ben started his career in hotel management, began his own small business and grew this to three bakery cafes, which he ran for 12 years. During this time, Ben was also involved in the local Tourism Association as its President; this involved lobbying government for support for small tourism businesses. Ben has completed a Masters of Business, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy.


ACCC Deputy Chairman speaks on Industry Codes at ANF Industry Awards

Report by ANF TAS GM Ben Kearney

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Deputy Chairman, Dr Michael Schaper, was the guest speaker at the ANF 2015 Tasmanian Newsagent Industry Awards for Excellence in Hobart over the weekend.


Putting the Magazine model to the test

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recently allowed the Association of Magazine Publishers of Australia (MPA) to test a new magazine distribution program with 40 newsagents. The MPA's six-month pilot program aims to establish whether limitations on distribution are an effective way to address the problem of oversupply of magazines to newsagents.

Dr Michael Schaper, Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission comments in an article for National Newsagent next month on the pilot and how 'Public Benefits' and 'Codes of Conduct' are assessed and developed. He says in the article that "It is important that the MPA provide sufficient detail about the pilot to all industry participants, including the Australian Newsagents Federation as the national industry body representing newsagents, to ensure stakeholders can have confidence in the process and contribute meaningfully to the development of an effective Code."


Network Services Publishers' Forum

Network Services held their inaugural Publishers' Forum on Thursday 16 July. The ANF was asked to present to the publishers on the Newsagency channel at this event.

Topics such as magazine category insights, magazine publisher insights, logistics and operations, the MPA Code of Conduct and Trial, and magazine retailing were covered at the Forum. ANF COO Adam Joy and Chairman Stuart Kilborn presented publishers with a newsagent overview of the magazine category, and ANF CEO Alf Maccioni took part in a Q&A panel discussion regarding magazine retailing, alongside Mary Ann Azer (MPA), Ian Brooks (Odysseus Publishing), Kerry Vogel (Retail 25) and Tony Edwards (Network Services).


Reader Rewards Press Release

Australia's largest magazine publisher, Bauer Media, launched Reader Rewards, the only newsagent exclusive mobile magazine loyalty app just over 12 months ago and today they have announced a range of consumer driven updates to keep the app 'best in class'.

Results from recent consumer research indicated there was an opportunity to foster loyalty in occasional magazine shoppers which drove the decision to implement this update. As of Monday 27th July users of Reader Rewards will only have to collect 5 stars, not 8, before they earn their FREE magazine, allowing newsagents to reward their customers faster and more often. With a chic, modern look to the updated app, an instant free magazine and 2 bonus stars on sign up, customers are rewarded faster and easier than ever before, helping to further encourage loyalty to local newsagents.


Newsagents front and centre at National Small Business Summit

ANF National Policy Manager, Ben Kearney was at the Council of Small Business of Australia (COSBOA) National Small Business Summit in Sydney last week representing the Newsagent Industry.

The ANF works as a member of COSBOA with other small business associations representing some 400,000 Australian Small Businesses. The summit provides a great opportunity each year to meet with a broad range of important stakeholders quickly and efficiently over two days and to interact, engage and learn from others on small business issues.


ANF SA Awards for Excellence

The South Australian Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner was held on Tuesday night at the Grand Chancellor Hotel Adelaide, on Hindley Street.

Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists (listed below) who attended the event. Both sponsors and newsagents commented on what a great night they had, with the highlight being able to network for a large part of the evening. Thanks again to all involved.

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