I have been in the News Trade Industry longer than anyone and at this moment of time, and  I have never been so frustrated and annoyed that the trade can continue down the path of self destruction. Three groups on stage, two of them, Publishers and Wholesalers are doing their utmost to kill the trade dead, with their continuous unprofessional performances that leaves Newsagents all over the Country in total disarray.

Publishers fail to understand the importance of early morning deliveries, and Wholesalers have lost the ability to run a professional delivery service, they now often use cheap contractors who drive rust bucket vehicles that continually break down, or simply use the weather as an excuse not to deliver retailers supplies. Even more bizarre, they tried the old trick of still charging the customers a carriage charge payment for a NON delivery, with the excuse they had to open their own warehouses!

A meeting was called into London last week where most publishers, the two wholesalers, and selected HND Newsagents on the way forward of the current SIX WEEK FREE HOME NEWS DELIVERY scheme. After the opening speech by the Guardian boss Richard Furness who was a breath of fresh air to everyone present, but then we were told the meeting was not about Publishers and Wholesalers INABILITY to supply on time! Why was we not informed of this before the day, because rest assure many people wouldn’t have taken the day off to attend.

Now the latest bomb shell!

We received a letter yesterday Sunday April 1st that the publishers of the Express and Star (whether it was Northern Shell or the supposed to be new owners Trinity Mirror) were increasing the prices of their papers as follows; Express Monday to Friday by 5p, and 10p Saturday and Sundays, whilst the Daily Star was going up 10p daily. Not only that the Publisher decided that wasn’t enough so they were reducing Newsagents terms by 2%!!!!!

Now lets take a closer look, the increase in price will bring the Publisher an extra £257 THOUSAND pounds a WEEK, some £13.354 MILLION a YEAR, and still they want some of our profits. This is a publisher showing TOTAL GREED.

LETS GET THE FACTS RIGHT, Here is an example, lets take terms what they were for many, many years before the Murdocks (Sun) and the Maxwells (Mirror) started dipping into our profits. One newsagent gave an example of his loss just on a Saturday, the difference in terms from 26.50% to 21% today shows the Publishers are taking £138 every Saturday of this newsagents profits ALONE, some £7219 a year from ONE newsagent!

The Head of Circulation Paul Goddard says and I quote, I trust you welcome these changes, and I look forward to your continued support! What planet is he on?

Then the Editor -in- Chief  Gary Jones shouted here was a newspaper that stands up for Britain, even if it means we rob our fellow trade partners, and goes on, “here is the tricky bit”, we recognize money is tight and that successive governments have failed to protect your standard of living, but I hope you will agree that this newspaper is good value especially with a posh coffee!!  What planet is this guy on?  value for money, can you imagine the older folk saying “I’m not paying 12 bob (60p) for 56 pages, they can stuff it, I’ll take the MAIL instead, that’s what you call real value for money!!

At the end of the day, either Publishers get REAL and get the grips with the whole procedure of News Trade Industry or we will all be retiring sooner rather than later! ALL GREEDY PUBLISHERS be WARNED,  your days are numbered unless the situation changes overnight.