Greedy Publishers warned: HOME NEWS DELIVERY will be LOST!

Some 15 years ago a NFRN delegate making his maiden speech at the Torquay Annual Conference told the News Trade Industry will slowly but surely destroy each other unless all three parties (Publishers, Wholesalers, and us Independent Newsagents started to work TOGETHER as a unit striving for the success.  Since that time, the situation has remained the same, with Publishers having the monopoly to do as they wish, Wholesalers in a world of their own pushing carriage charges to the limit whilst fuel prices continue to fall, and the Independent newsagents being shafted at every opportunity Publishers made a decision to become more greedy.

None more so than the news just released that Associated Mail Newspaper publishers have announced that the Daily Mail Monday to Friday copy will increase its price by 5p to 65p, that’s 25p a week for each copy whilst the newsagents hand out has been a pathetic 2.90p, because the Publisher has made the decision to cut retailers terms from 23.2% to 22.4%!

So despite this increase bringing in the Daily Mail some ONE and half MILLION pounds a month, the greedy publisher wanted more, the HND Newsagents especially are having a tough time a present have been shafted yet again, and even more alarmingly this Publisher showed the whole industry how unprofessional they have become, when they shamefully failed to announce the terms cut in the letter sent to every retailer!

This latest terms cut has been taken badly by the trade in general, newsagents realising that unless this decision by Mail newspapers is challenged, other publishers will follow the same route and cut their terms to 22.4%. Newsagents are meeting shortly to discuss a action plan, and its quite obvious Mail Newspapers could suffer in the months ahead.

The News Trade Industry will continue to  struggle for a number of reasons, most Publishers have no vision of the way forward, and retailers are falling by the wayside totally destroyed by their so called partners within the trade. Unless common sense prevails, more and more newsagents will walk away leaving the HOME NEWS DELIVERED COPY (which still remains Publishers number one priority) will a service of the past. EVERYONE CONNECTED TO THE TRADE IS BEING WARNED. 

News Trade Misery Continues!

  1. NORTHERN SHELL BOSS cuts Newsagents terms AGAIN!
  2. JOHNSON PRESS commit Suicide!
  3. SMITHS NEWS enjoy Christmas with £215 THOUSAND POUNDS from NEWSAGENTS!
____________________________________________________________________

Another Christmas day nearly over and for many of us professional Newsagents have enjoyed our one day off a year, recharged the batteries and ready for the onslaught of Boxing day, the busiest sporting day of the year. However, many retailers have decided to shut up shop, and who can really blame them when the News Industry continues to shoot itself in the foot?

RICHARD DESMOND, the Northern Shell boss has announced that from January the 2nd the DAILY EXPRESS will follow the footsteps of its sister paper the DAILY STAR and reduce the Saturday edition retail price to 45p, again stabbing his bread and butter Newsagent partners in the back with reduced profit margins.

Express Newspapers, which has also refused to give staff a pay rise for the eighth consecutive year, is not at this stage thought to be looking to reduce headcount to hit a target of saving about £3.5m, but obviously the “brain dead shark” newspaper owner has decided we Newsagents can bear the blunt of his inability to produce a value for money newspaper that the readers would want to buy on a regular basis.

Lets face it, the current standard of the Daily Express is pitiful, editorial at its lowest ebb, and the marketing team have their brains planted in the wrong position! We are 5p cheaper than the Daily Mail and ten times better! Who’s kidding who? who gives a “monkeys” about five pence, certainly not the opposition Associated Mail Newspapers.

So what’s Desmond expect to happen, the sales will increase which will help him to sell both Newspapers in 2016? its not going to happen, some people believe his figures have increased with the DAILY STAR half price newspaper, but this website knows many newsagents who have deleted the title altogether, refusing to work for a miserable return of under 5p for each copy!

JOHNSON PRESS, the local newspaper mongrel has again decide to insult the public by increasing the selling newspapers yet again,  in Webbo’s area the Tuesday LYNN NEWS mostly 40 pages has gone up 5p to 80p!  LINCOLNSHIRE FREE PRESS, and the SPALDING GUARDIAN exactly the same.

Total suicidal, and to make matters even worse, this particular week they are taking a holiday by NOT producing the Lynn News, or next Tuesdays edition, and the Lincolnshire Free Press is also NOT being published. More lost revenue for the Newsagents!

Finally, we come to SMITHS NEWS, the wholesaler who fails miserably in producing a delivery service expected to so many Newsagents across the Country for the extortionate carriage charge payment they receive each week.

Brian Webb was asked recently by a senior News trade official not to mention this matter before this Christmas, and that will show that Newsagents in general are not concerned that SMITHS NEWS hierarchy have been eating their Christmas dinner today, knowing that we gullible Newsagents have handed them a £215 thousand pounds bonus for NOT turning a wheel.

No papers printed, No contractors to pay, No warehouse’s used, No electricity to pay, No nothing!

But they again take £215 grand of our money. One newsagent said, what’s £7.15p! Its comments like this that emphasise most strongly why retailers are being shafted in the news trade today.

We hear so many Newsagents complaining about MENZIES, but at least Menzies changed their contract terms last year when our namesake was in the courts with SMITHS NEWS on this particular matter.

One thing is for sure, SMITHS NEWS may think they have got away with this at the moment, but rest assured the matter is far from over, all Courts don’t have gullible judges! WATCH THIS SPACE!

Where we are now in the NEWS TRADE!

WHEN WILL THE NEWS TRADE FINALLY WAKE UP?

 The month of August has been and gone! What a nightmare for many living newsagents who has to deal with these so called trade partners who fail daily to recognize the need to run a professional operation that would benefit everyone connected to the News Trade Industry.

PUBLISHERS fail to reach wholesalers destinations at the times they actually set themselves on a daily basis somewhere in the Country, the sheer factor they are currently printing SEVEN MILLION copies a day LESS than they were ten years ago and still the cant get their act together in a providing the service that is necessary for the whole operation to have any chance of being successful. What’s the word we like to use? Professional, NO PUBLISHER understands the meaning of the word!

Every day this week (w/e August 29th) one or more Publishers have arrived at Smiths News in Peterborough after cut off time, which has led to newsagents all over the area receiving their supplies 30 minutes or more, later than normal. On the plus side the wholesaler has performed miracles to reach some HND newsagents 35 miles away within 90 minutes of receiving the papers from late Publishers vehicles.

Then turning to the wholesalers, Smiths News, and here we have a multi Million pound operation who continues to cut corners for the benefit of their share holders!

Smiths News no longer have their own vehicles, their own delivery staff, it’s all been handed to Contractors who operate a delivery service with under paid self employed foreign operators in vehicles that can only be described as RUSH BUCKETS!

These individuals are on wages less than £4 an hour and get penalised if any parcels go missing, irrespective if it’s their fault or not. Vehicles breakdown, but to Smith News it’s not their problem, we pay the contractor for the job to be done!

So there we have the current situation,

Publishers in a world of their own, performing appallingly, not concerned of the problems caused by LATE times at wholesale destinations points, Wholesalers using cheap Contractors to deliver to retailers, hiding from the reality of Newsagents welfare, despite raking in 1.5 MILLION a week in carriage charges! Newsagents are totally fed up with the whole News Trade environment that many are just walking away.

Smiths News trying to “Hoodwink” Newsagents!

EVERYONE connected to the News Trade Industry is well aware that Brian Webb from HNDA has on record stated the only way for success within the trade is for all three parties to work together and row the boat in the same direction. Many people over the years have taken a “pop” at our friend Webbo, but time after time he continually proves them all wrong, and that situation has arisen yet again!

Over five years ago, Webbo put the following on his old site:

 It’s time to wake up, its time fight these people, if all Publishers and indeed Wholesalers continue to fail to recognize the importance of working with the newsagents is the only way forward for the News Trade Industry then its their prerogative, but the days of allowing them to dictate, demoralize, and insult the newsagent with decreasing profit margins, insulting handling allowances on supplements, vouchers, and third party inserts has to stop, and STOP now. Failure will undoubtedly find some Newsagents outlets dropping news altogether, which eventually will see the number of titles being drastically reduced with some Publishers going out of business!

Strong words some said, but then again the truth always is, and this is the sole reason why this website has today decided to allow Webbo to take over this story, that will undoubtedly surprise many, but to the experienced news trade experts this will be no shock.

What’s happened over the past week just shows the News Trade Industry has NOT learnt its lesson, and will continue to slide into the wrong direction unless this time Newsagents / Retailers start showing some of their own power and demonstrate their strength in numbers.

There comes a times when enough is enough, and this time one Wholesaler has walked over the boundary line, well let’s just say SMITHS NEWS has!

It appears all Smiths News customers received a letter this weekend outlining their proposals for the forth coming yearly carriage charge increases, or in this years case a decrease. However, the wholesaler has come up with a gimmick which is merely trying to pull wool over retailer’s eyes, by offering them the chance to make a choice.

(1) To stay on the current delivery charge for the next two years, meaning no increases during this period.

(2)  Make the decision to go with the flow and receive a small decrease this year, knowing an increase is in line the following year.

Here we have the Country’s largest wholesaler trying every trick in the book to “hoodwink” newsagents and retailers in believing they are looking after our best interests.

Here we have a Wholesaler who on CHRISTMAS DAY takes £215 thousand pounds of Newsagents money when NO newspapers are PRINTED and Smiths News operation doesn’t even turn a wheel!

Yes, Brian Webb did take Smiths News to court over this issue last October, and during this time Menzies Wholesalers knowing this procedure was flawed that they changed their carriage charge contract for their customers so Christmas day charge was no longer an issue.

Smiths News hoodwinked the judge after convincing him that they were NOT a monopoly and Mr Webb could get an alternative supplier 60 miles away! And it was a weekly carriage charge, not daily, and it’s just unfortunate Christmas day falls during a particular week! The fight still goes on to this day.

Here we have a Wholesaler who is trying every trick in the book to safeguard their current 1.5 million pounds revenue a week in carriage charges.

Here we have a Wholesaler who employs cheap foreign labour whereby so many deliver your supplies in vehicles that can only be described as “rust buckets”!

Here we have a wholesaler who has just made 70 staff redundant at Peterborough, moving the magazine side to Birmingham 70 miles away!

So at the end of the day, its up to every Smiths News Newsagent / Retailer to make their own decision of the way forward, but please remember Smiths News are NOT giving you anything, merely safe guarding their own back pockets. If you decide to freeze your carriage charges for two years, rest assure in year three you will be crushed big time! You have been warned!

STILL not to be out done, one Publisher pulled another trick last week that defies the logic of being classed as normal!

The Publisher concerned showed its nonchalance attitude by increasing the cover price of the Angling Times by one pound, simply because it was giving away a FREE gift, but reverted back to the original price this week. Newsagents have reported customers cancelling the regular copy simply because they objected to the publishers increasing the price for a supposed FREE gift they never wanted!

 THAT’S THE NEWS TRADE FOR YOU!

Why The News Trade Misery Continues!

Another month goes by and the News Trade Industry problems continue, with numerous efficiency effecting the system that stops any chance of the trade stemming the tide to flow in the opposite direction of enjoying some sort of satisfaction of running a profitable business on a regular basis.

 

Over the past few weeks some Publishers have started to increase the selling prices of National Newspapers, some defy the logic of common sense of being totally honest with their so called partners, by hiding the actual factors that allow Publishers to siphon more of retailers hard earned profits for their own greedy vaults! Thankfully the Daily Mirror (Monday to Friday issue) increase this week has seen NO CUT in terms, which is a pleasant surprise to everyone concerned.  

 

This website only last month went to extreme lengths to emphasise the inexcusable actions by the Guardian publishers, who shamefully tried to “hoodwink” newsagents by cutting retailers terms and not having the decency to be honest and upfront with their so called fellow Retail Partners.

 

Such was the anger by many retailers especially HND newsagents who are having a tough time at present, that the website’s namesake contacted Retail Newsagents Associate Editor informing her that a letter had been sent for publication on this serious issue.

 

After numerous telephone calls to speak to the person concerned the acting editor of Retail Newsagent informed Mr Webb the letters page was already full for the next issue, so it was anticipated it would be published the following week. However, this was put aside because it appears copying another story from another website was more important than a publisher cutting retailers terms and acting in a underhanded manner that has no place in any industry.

 

Admittedly this publication is under the auspices of the NFRN shareholders, which again clearly shows everyone why the news trade industry is in its current unhealthy position. Here we have the a publication, that had been recognised as the voice of the news trade, but over the recent years it’s been clearly seen by everyone that Retail Newsagent like the NFRN has little time for the genuine newsagents especially those operating home news delivery.

 

The current unhealthy situation within the trade is down to so many people not standing up to their responsibility, Publishers run the show simply because they have been allowed to, not recognising the need to work with Wholesalers and certainly the newsagents who at the end of the day are still their bread and butter winners.

 

The whole operation at times is a complete joke, papers late causing re-runs, causing mayhem, losing money, and most importantly lost customers who very rarely come back. Wholesalers only concern is how much money in carriage charges they are bringing in, whilst Publishers continue their dominance of destruction by doing what they want, when they want!

 

Whilst we can all point the finger at the guilty parties, a situation that has arisen over the recent weeks concerns this website dearly, and if it continues then its going to be a case of the last man out of the building please switch the lights out!

 

(1)

This website had a situation when the Guardian increased its price and cut retailers terms when a retail newsagent contacted us and said “What’s a few pence between us trade partners! These few pence as the gentleman stated is losing many HND newsagents over £250 a week, thirteen thousands pounds a year!

 

(2)

More alarming is the way Publishers are trying to “hood wink” some Newsagents in believing their soft soap story of hardship which is playing right into Publishers hands.

 

Three weeks ago a HND Newsagent who has done a brilliant job since arriving on the news scene five years ago, wrote an article on his own website called DON’T MISS OUT ON INSERTS CASH, a story that will certainly convince all HND newsagents that publishers will expect the slave labour to continue, because this new entrepreneur believes the publishers insert cash is worth the effort involved! All those inserts under 70 grams we should continue to deliver without being financially rewarded!

 

Sorry young man, you might be privileged to get your daily supplies by 3am each morning, but please don’t undermine fellow HND newsagents, who have worked many more years without being financially rewarded in the professional manner everyone expects within our Country!

Are Publishers and NFRN joined at the hips!!

Over the recent years its been stated by so many news trade officials and indeed members of the NFRN that the federation fails in its duty to represent the membership in a manner one expects from a so called trade union.

Its been criticized severely on their lack lustre approach to Publishers on so many serious concerns for their members, with trade terms being cut, carriage charge increases and handling allowances for weekend supplements being major priorities. Another issue that has been a major thorn in the federations side is the dreaded third party inserts, whereby newsagents have left the NFRN in their droves simply because they felt they were abused with this matter.

Last week, Brian Webb representing HNDA Ltd (Home News Delivery Association) contacted the CEO at Toys R Us and informed him that their 151 gram brochure in most newspapers last weekend did NOT reach the consumers as they expected. Hundreds of newsagents all over the country remove all inserts simply because the publishers expect the retailers to perform the operation without being financially reimbursed in the normal manner.  Publishers produce the Advertisers with these “fictitious” figures of reaching the consumers, when in actual fact the figures are totally inaccurate of the real number achieved.

The news trade is fully aware of this issue, but Publishers still continue to “hood wink” the Advertisers. To make matters even worse, over the past few days the NFRN have come out shouting that the HND newsagents are losing £1700 annually for not signing the publishers handling allowance document! It also states that several rounds man are earning TEN THOUSAND pounds a year from delivering TPI’s! On record we challenge the NFRN to back up this statement with the identities of these so called HND newsagents, but we know this is another ploy to keep the publishers happy!

One of the largest HND newsagents in the Country (from Devon) contacted us this week and showed us an open letter he has sent to  the weekly trade magazine on this issue, the gentleman (who is still a NFRN National Councillor) informs the NFRN news operation controller Brian Murphy that he will never deliver TPI’s until he proved his worth by significantly improving the out of date terms. Royal Mail or any other leaflet delivery companies would NEVER entertain such payments which is a total embarrassment for our members. The newsagent continued  he will continue his crusade until such time retailers are rewarded in a financial manner that compensates the extra work load involved This man will NOT be a MUG for anyone!

The sheer arrogance of the NFRN defies the logic of representing its membership, stating its members who have 500 customers are losing £1700 a year for not repeatedly signing publishers cumulative document, this statement clearly  underlines to the outside world that the NFRN and National Publishers are indeed rowing the same crooked boat TOGETHER!

WHEN will PUBLISHERS ever LEARN?

Another month goes by and yet again the drop in newspaper sales continue going down the slippery slope to disaster, and despite some publishers shouting from the roof tops of their new way forward to stop this trend, sales show disppointing figures.

The month of June showed only none RED top increasing their figures from the previous month, The Daily Star SATURDAY edition saw an increase by 2.2%, and indeed the SUNDAY edition rose a fraction by 0.8%, never the less the overall performance for the year shows a decline of 13.5% weekdays, 11.5% on Saturdays whilst the Sunday copy has fell by a staggering 29.1%.

Its disappointing to note that the Saturday Star is the only newspaper that does NOT sell more newspapers that day than the weekday edition, but it has to be said that its no surprise to the actual news trade industry.

This newspaper made a massive mistake a few months ago when removing the free Saturday supplement, thinking the paying customers would buy their new TV Pick book instead, but after realising their massive boob, the owner of Northern Shell Richard Desmond changed his mind but failed again to reconize  the big chance of killing the other red tops by putting  the TV Pick book as a freebie. The current Saturday newspaper is too thin, and the free book is pitiful!  

Mail newspapers Monday to Friday copy saw a 1.2% rise, but the weekend copies suffered, Saturday edition was down 2.1%, whilst the Sunday copy went down by 3.3%, this despite the company’s new attempt to get more newsagents to start HND.

Telegraph weekday edition shows yearly growth since the beginning of the year, mind you over 60% sales are brought by vouchers, the “I” paper sales have risen to 238.000, whilst their sister paper the Independent saw sales fall by 19.90%.

Some publishers are totally oblivious to the outside world, they can see no further than their plush office buildings, irrespective what’s staring them in the face, it will take more than a royal baby to change the current trend, it needs publishers to wake up and smell the coffee, there is so many problems within the industry,and at the end of the day everyone’s finger is pointing in the direction of National publishers.

 

Are PUBLISHERS “tarred” with the same Brush!

 

Another month has come and gone and again the ABC figures released for the month of  JUNE  shows the decline of sales continues on the slippery slope to disaster.    

It’s time to wake up, its time fight these people, if all Publishers continue to fail to recognise the importance of working with the newsagents is the only way forward for the News Trade Industry then its their prerogative, but the days of allowing them to dictate, demoralise, and insult the newsagent with decreasing profit margins, insulting handling allowances on supplements, vouchers, and third party inserts has to stop, and STOP now. Failure will undoubtedly find some Newsagents outlets dropping news altogether, which eventually will see the number of titles being drastically reduced with some Publishers going out of business!

Strong words some said, but then again the truth always is,

We are fully aware that all National Publishers have recently received a proposal package from HNDA on their office desk, named “The only way forward for the News Trade Industry”.

This package is in the opinion of many experienced news trade officials is the only way forward for everyone within the Industry 

The package presented to all National Publishers has been stated by many news trade experts as not only the saviour for the future of the home news delivery business, but the news trade in general, which maybe why the experts believe this should have been adopted many years ago.

This Home News Delivery Affiliation proposal remains on the table knowing it’s the only way forward for any future of the news trade, but after meeting every publisher over the recent six months, it’s so obvious every one of them is tarred with the same destructible brush, hell bent of filling their own pockets whilst destroying the Industry at the same time.

The whole package benefits everyone within the Industry, not just the home news delivery newsagent members of the new organisation, but the future of the whole news Industry, the package addresses the current problems within the trade, and elevates the danger that constantly concerns most publishers.

Briefly, the package represents the needs off the once norm retail terms to be restored, to give the HND newsagents the protection of moving forward in a positive manner, guaranteed to increase sales, knowing their efforts are being rewarded and helping the trade to move forward again.

Publishers biggest concern is the average 18% wastage, which unless addressed will undoubtedly see retailers terms being cut yet again, its been quoted that the recent local newspaper terms cuts to as low as 16% could be a figure adopted by the National Publishers. They know they have the facility to cut into retailers profits whenever they wish, knowing they will face little opposition from anyone of importance, and they currently still have the backing of some out of date Thatcher law that outlines collective action.

As reported in the current issue of the weekly trade magazine Retail Newsagent, there are other organisations that have suddenly come onto the scene, so the Publishers have been busy of late not just dealing with HNDA.

Publishers all have varied opinions of the way forward, but seemed oblivious to the current trend can be challenged and beaten with the right thoughts of moving forward. The news that Publishers have now decided to charge for access to their own websites is news we all expected, probably not as quick but certainly one that was going to happen because it’s untenable to giving expensive news away for nothing.

Some publishers seem to have given up the fight, one stated we have 30 years left selling papers, another stated we have to face reality and move forward with the times that digital is the way forward, whilst some stated they are governed by others to make decisions that would be beneficial to all parties.

One publisher’s opinion of the HND newsagent was startling to say the least, when emphasising the importance of the HND newsagent to the publisher whereby irrespective of the recent weather conditions they have the luxury of knowing all the copies printed, delivered to the newsagent are sold with no wastage!

So what, said the publisher, you charge your customers delivery so if we didn’t print the paper you would have nothing to deliver so you would not have a business! Nor would the Wholesalers!

One some times comes to the conclusion of what’s the point! Why bother? If publishers employ staff with that opinion it’s no wonder the future of the news industry in the current decline!

Some publishers state there are less than ten thousand retailers offering HND, and publishers want to know why, and the answer is staring them in the face, yes HND newsagents need to have the flexibility with the delivery times with the news to suit their customers needs. We also need Publishers to underline this factor when continually failing to reach wholesalers cut off times, it works both ways but as usual Publishers are in their own little world.

Some publishers are totally oblivious to the outside world, they can see no further than their plush office buildings, irrespective what’s staring them in the face, it will take more than a royal baby to change the current trend, it needs publishers to wake up, sit up, and face up the current reality. Continue down the current trend many will be out of business sooner rather than later.

A classis example was shown last week, when the Telegraph media made a big splash announcing they have increase retailers payments on THIRD PARTY INSERTS, payments will rise from 4.3% to 4.5%, and that was achieved by working closely with the NFRN!

What planet are these people really on?  0.2% rise! It’s the Telegraph way of showing commitment of supporting the news trade!

It’s more like a spit in the wind!

This website recently criticized Richard Desmond and Express Newspapers over their ridiculous idea with the Saturday Daily Star, which has seen this website “hits” smashed on a daily basis, obviously the shock of reduced sales has not taken the effect to Desmond as yet, but no doubt Murdock at the Sun is rubbing his hands with joy with the sudden surge of Saturday sales, or is it a case now that multi millionaire Desmond has now shares in News International!

Talking of Murdock makes me cringe, but some fellow newsagents seem to have short memories, they are full of praise for the recent pro-rata increase on the weekend Suns, but seem to forget the hardship this man did to everyone when the News of the World closed down. Even the introduction of the Sunday Sun a year later was met with another kick in the teeth with terms of 11p profit, (Who else works on a Sunday for 11p?) this seems to have been forgotten by so many, all because of the latest pro-rata increase!

This publisher actually visited my Wisbech premises before Christmas after receiving the HNDA package was over enthusiastic with the contents, but like a few others lacked the professional ability to work in a manner expected from such a large organisation. No letter. No e-Mail, no communication what’s so ever, that’s the overall professionalism of the news trade, I can even say I have only ever received one letter from one publisher after meeting them at their London premises, and even they changed my surname name to Murphy!

Never mind, the news trade continues to defy the logic of sensibility; it will continue along to its eventual downfall unless some bright spark actually takes note of the ABC monthly figures. Let’s sincerely hope one publisher will stop waiting for another publisher to make the first move, before some one eventually realises the only way forward for the news trade Industry is to work with the professional HND newsagents and provide the service for a continued future of the morning read.

HNDA has landed, and is here for the journey no matter how long it may take, after all, it remains the only way forward for the News Trade Industry. You know that, I certainly know that!!

Brian Webb.

HATRED of the FIVE MINUTES RULE by the LOCAL PAPER!

“It just takes five minutes…”Its an impression that, although seemingly innocuous, used to drive so many people crazy.

You know how it is, you’re doing a hard enough job and then somebody in “management” decides to add to your workload by getting you to do something extra but for no extra money.

If you’re a waitress, you suddenly become a cleaner too because, “at the end of each night, its just takes five minutes to wipe down tables and run a mop over the floor.

If you’re a salesman working every hour on the road you suddenly become an accountant because “when you get in it just takes five minutes to input your figures…”

Before you know it you’ve got four different chores to do that you’re told takes that dreaded 300 seconds and yet you have the same five minutes to do them all in.

Are you allowed to finish early to get these things done? Well no. Are you paid extra or maybe even overtime? Take a wild guess.

Brian Webb isn’t like us, when we get wound up we just whine at you lot in this column and then get our heads down and take it from “The Man” like everyone else.

Brian does stuff. He actually gets things done and that dearest reader, is rare thing indeed.

Brian isn’t a politician, he’s not some sort of “dragon” at the head of a mult-national company, and he’s not a Mafia Don, He’s a HND Newsagent- We know, we was totally surprised too.

Brian’s beef is similar to my hatred to the “five minute rule”. He’s not being paid to deliver the advertising leaflets, flyers, booklet, pamphlets, brochures and inserts that tumble out of every publication in the world these days-so he’s decided not to deliver them.

In actual fact on Boxing day morning recently, he got up extra early (1.30am) and decided to takes four van loads of Argos literature from his warehouse to his local store, he blocked the doors fully and left Mr Argos a message reading; Happy Christmas Mr Argos! Question: Do you or your staff work for NOTHING? Because we Independent Newsagents DON’T! Good Morning!

The attitude of the publishers who get paid by the Advertiser for their literature to reach the consumers must be, “oh come on Brian, you’re already delivering the papers so, you know… while you’re at it… its only a couple of leaflets… it just takes five minutes extra”.

Brian once formed a Third Party Inserts Group (possibly known as TPIG- we preferred it to be the Fight Against Third Party Inserts Group, but whatever its called Brian has a large warehouse half full with removed Inserts.

Now you might be thinking that Brian has made his stand, buts its still hardly rocking the world of Publishing to its foundations, but every Publisher knows Brian Webb wont go away and will eventually win the day for every HND Newsagent.

The Publishers also know Brian does his stuff;

Last time he had a beef about having to constantly take his seat belt off every time he stopped whilst delivering newspapers to his customers, he took the matter to the high court in LONDON, and in 1983 he succeeded in getting law changed so every HND newsagent could join the milkman and postman being exempt from wearing belts. Impressive? It should be, the cost run into thousands, but according to Brian victory was a small price to pay!

So what’s in store for Third Party Inserts, well Brian who once wrote to the Prime Minister George Brown when he was the Country’s leader, has now contacted current PM David Cameron and brought this issue to his attention. Brian believes going to the top, and expects results in Newsagents favour very shortly.

Brian’s latest adventure in the news trade is also very interesting; Brian recently formed a new limited company named HNDA, (Home News Delivery Affiliation) with the sole objectives in representing the top 500 HND Newsagents in the Country. Brian believes the Publishers and Wholesalers are NOT working together with the Professional HND Newsagents, and unless the situation changes the news trade will continue down the slippery slope. Brian believes its time for a change before it’s too late! Who’s betting against Brian to be successful, certainly NOT us!

In the meantime, back to the undelivered TPI!

We are pretty sure it wont be long before Brian and his fellow newsagents will be getting what is rightfully theirs, Maybe we should all make a stand next time someone expects us to donate our precious minutes to unpaid work. Well. All right maybe we should just all get together and pay Brian to do it for us- after-all, it’ll only take five minutes!

HNDA The new home for Professional HND Newsagents

It’s disappointing to report but it’s a known fact there is currently no organisation around today that represents the elite Professional HND Newsagent retailer whose main income is from Home News Delivery.

“Professional Newsagents” now numbering only a few thousand, are the people who are fully committed to provide a professional service to their customers who offer an easy and convenient access to all newspapers and magazines.

The news trade has an organisation that was first set up many years ago to represent all newsagents in working with the Publishers and Wholesalers in the Industry, but today they spend more time with retailers whose interest in newspapers is only peripheral. This organisation is solely forgetting about the main focus within the news trade, which was looking after the professional HND newsagent member.

ENTER HNDA Ltd, the new organisation for the professional HND newsagents, whose main objectives is to reward all HND newsagents with “Preferential Terms” and represent its members in all matters relating to the news trade with Publishers and Wholesalers, in a manner never witnessed before.

HNDA is NOT in competition with any other trade body, this new organisation is for the top 500 professional HND newsagents, and we can confirm we intend to work with the National Publishers Association and the Press Distribution Forum, NOT against them.

Publishers and Wholesalers are attempting to stop HNDA from moving forward, its clear to see they are tarred with the same greedy brush, but HNDA is here for the journey and will move the earth to see HND newsagents are rewarded financially for the work involved in Home News Delivery.

The News Industry recognise the importance of HND Newsagents, and the “firm sale” guaranteed copy, and whilst it’s not entirely their own fault the Publisher has been allowed for years to put their heads in the sand, simply because there has never been an alternative organisation representing these elite band of enterpreneurs, the HND Newsagents. Now every Publisher has the opportunity to address this situation with the introduction of HNDA Ltd, and working together is the only way forward for all parties.

The current atrocious weather conditions should open the eyes of every Publisher, here we have a situation that despite the fact many ROYAL MAIL depots banned their workers from deliveries for “Health and Safety” measures, every HND newsagent completed their journey EVERYDAY.

Such is the dedication of these Newsagents who brought their HND business as their main income. These professional Newsagents deserve the terms that have been taken away from them over the years, and HNDA will eventually deliver. WATCH THIS SPACE:

For further details see the HNDA website; www.hnda.org.uk

Tags: , , , , , , ,