Industry Updates

23/02/2015

Free safes from Westpac Bank

As part of the relationship the ANF holds with Westpac on the National Armed Robbery Program through the Australian Institute of Criminology.

The Westpac Bank has offered some second hand safes FREE OF CHARGE to Newsagents.

23/02/2015

Lotteries Update from NANA

NANA continues to impress on the NSW Government, concerns arising from the MOU signed by the NSW Government and Tatts, such as:

  1. The introduction of lotteries to the fuel outlets owned by the major supermarket chains is exactly the same as if they were to go into their large format stores.
  2. The MOU does not cover ACT agents.
  3. There is no mechanism for the distribution of the 'up to $10,000' per outlet towards lottery fit outs.

NANA has been provided with a heavily redacted copy of the Clause from the NSW Lotteries "sale" contract that deals with potential compensation to Tatts if the Moratorium is extended. NANA is having this reviewed and will publish a view shortly.

23/02/2015

Newsagency Industry Meeting

Tomorrow the ANF will meet with industry leaders from across the entire channel to look at the big issues facing the newsagency channel. This is the first time that the majority of the suppliers for the Newsagents channel will get together. The ANF has been working on this meeting since November 2014. We have been pleased to see the positive response from most of the industry players.

The Newsagency industry's massive retail footprint and distribution reach across Australia is a vital channel for most of our partners - publishers, magazine distributors, greeting card, stationery, Lotteries, POS suppliers, Newsagent franchise groups and many other partners are attending this meeting. The ANF's ACCC authorisation allows us to have all these partners in the same room. These industry partners want, and in fact need, our industry to grow and prosper. What can we do to work together to strengthen and advance our industry?

3/02/2015

Australian Taxation Reporter

A Queensland member received a letter from a company called Australian Taxation Reporter (ATR) asking her to subscribe to their tax planning and tax saving program for $539 per annum.

The newsagent ignored the letter but then soon started to receive repeated phone calls from this company sales team recommending the program and asking them to subscribe.

2/02/2015

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2/02/2015

Newsagency opportunity

Wanniassa Newsagency in Canberra. ACT was established in a high traffic shopping centre for close to 30 years and due to personal reasons the last owner (of seven years) recently closed the business.

The landlord of the premises is now seeking to find an experienced newsagency operator to walk in to the fully fitted out business that has customers asking daily when the business will return.

27/01/2015

ACCC issues an invoice email scam warning

The ACCC is warning Australian businesses to beware of an invoice email scam.

The scam involves scammers pretending to be legitimate suppliers advising changes to payment arrangements.

27/01/2015

Do you want to keep paying high penalty rates?

The ANF put in place a Penalty Rate strategy in 2014 in response to newsagents telling us that we need to effect change to these rates. Our penalty rates survey of members resulted in many hundreds of responses supporting this. Unfortunately, the number of newsagents willing to engage with the strategy and spend 10 minutes writing to their local MP to build momentum in parliament on this issue has been very disappointing. We recognise newsagents are busy and that we have outlined that this will be a long-term strategy, however the response so far has us questioning if current penalty rates must be OK for the majority of newsagents?

2015 is turning out to be the year for reviewing industrial relations in Australia. Treasurer Joe Hockey has, right before Christmas 2014, instructed the Productivity Commission (PC) to undertake an inquiry into the performance of the workplace relations framework in Australia during 2015. This opportunity coincides with the review of Modern Awards already underway that the ANF will make a submission to later in the year when the General Retail Industry Award is considered in group four of the awards reviewed and will allow us to put newsagent issues with the Fairwork framework firmly on the table.

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