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  • HWT subscription setup

    Categories: Announcements [B], Industry, Newspapers

    If you are a newsagent, do deliveries for News Corp and have posbrowser please do the following immediately. If you have problems in setting up any of this up please contact our help desk AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

    Firstly you should have already the task scheduler set up for your XChangeIT sales data collection this is done so proceed. If you don't please go to the document on installing XChangeIT sales data in the help section in Posbrowser or call our support desk.

    Now click on

    Customers
    Customer Reports
    Data Transfer Tab

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    Click the Automate Values tab and set these options

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    Done

    More details available here
    /blogs/pictures/generating_customer_file_for_HWT.pdf

    Regards

    Regards,
    Phil Doensen
    National Support Manager
    POS Solutions Australia Pty Ltd
    Ph. (03) 9597 7222
    Fax. (03) 9532 2778

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  • Queensland Retail Newsagent of the Year

    Categories: Announcements [B], Industry

    Our warmest congratulations go to two of our clients.

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    Warrick Hosking at newsXpress Gympie for winning the Queensland Retail Newsagent of the Year. I spoke to him and told me that he is very happy about things are going, no wonder as a short time ago he won the ACP connections award. I remember when he also won the 2006 ACP recognition of excellence award.

    The runner-up was also our client Mark Shelley Petersen from newsXpress Sarina. I am not surprised as Mark as very progressive. That is why he was put on the trial for GG online returns.

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  • Xchangeit sales data

    Categories: Announcements [B], Industry, Magazine

    Xchangeit sales data is to us both positive and negative.

    It is bad that a significant number of our clients are not sending sales data! There is no technical problem, it is just a high percentage are either not bothering or deciding not to send the sales data. I intend to check on everyone of my relevant clients this week to find out why they are not sending data.

    On the other hand, the good news is our sales data is extremely good. It has been described to me as the best. This is clearly an excellent result.

    As I stated earlier according to my calculations we now have enough sites sending good sales data that magazine producers could send every day reliable estimated daily sales with just Pos Solutions clients.

    That Xchangeit is not doing it now is hurting the entire industry. It should be a priority in the industry to send each one of these publishers free this data AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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  • Message from, Group Newsagency Supplies (GNS)

    Categories: Announcements [B], Industry

    I wanted to give Newsagents the heads up re the GNS Diary Promotion this year. We have had an enormous response to initial orders and have already sold significant amounts above last year. Our suppliers have been fantastic in keeping up with our demand thus far, however stock will run out so please check your requirements daily, as you start to sell through. Our main diaries are now on the cash & carry floor for you to buy as required, but don't forget if you have a Diary order already processed for a latter pick-up or delivery, as you do not want to double up. If you are not sure please ask any one of our staff who will help.

    Regards
    Jason McLeod

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  • Business marketing

    Categories: Announcements [B], Industry

    Hi guys,

    Neil Chandler from NEWSINK asked me to write up a doco on business pricing, and a letter that I used at my shop to attract business customers. I have put together a document with what he wanted about business pricing. I would love any feedback you might have, anything I might have missed or anything that is a bit vague.

    I also attached the letter I used to attract business customers to my newsagency at Toronto. We walked around to about 300 businesses and out of that, got 65 new business accounts, within a month! I gave each business a copy of the letter, an application form, and a copy of the latest NewsInk flyer. I just thought you all might be interested as well.

    Thanks a lot,

    Garth Brennan

    Senior Newsagency Support

    POS Solutions Australia, NSW Office
    G2/64 Talavera Rd
    North Ryde NSW 2113

    Ph: (02)9805 0055
    Fax: (02)9888 8319
    Email: [email protected]

    Please click the following details for the actual documents.

    Business letter template.dot

    Business account application template.dot

    Creating a business discount structure.pdf

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  • Roy Morgan survey on newspaper and magazine readership

    Categories: Industry, Magazine, Newspapers

    Roy Morgan Research has just released their current survey on newspaper and magazine readership in Australia. Unfortunately for us they do it by readership of the printed material. Still its results are surprising as they are down which is different to the others surveys which are reporting them as steady.

    In newspapers they show most newspapers readership down especially in Tasmania and South Australia.

    The result in this survey in magazines is also disturbing as the big category in circulation - women magazines are down. I know that at a user meeting recently some clients reported that women are changing their taste in magazines. So this might explain why categories like home, Epicurean and Gardening are up. Since these are dearer magazines, it probably offset much of the decline in the woman’s category at the till.

    Overall since the movements in circulation are small I doubt it affects us much but since Roy Morgan Research is the most influential it will effect the advertising dollars but that is not our worry.

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  • HWT subscriptions data

    Categories: Industry, Newspapers

    News Corp has just completed their tests on home delivery data using our DOS system and finally the latest changes were successful as they achieved the required results.

    Considering how long this has been going on, I felt like screaming hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!!!!!!!!!!!

    What I liked is that News Corp unlike other vendors recognised the work we put into the project and thanked us for that effort. They should also thank both Arie at McKinnon Newsagency and David at Dundas Place Newsagency as both were patient and helpful during the tests!

    In retrospect, the changes were not that big, it is just that no-one was sure of what was needed. So we jumped forward a step and then discovering that we need to go back as the step we need was in a different path. That is the trouble when you are doing new stuff.

    Naturally, HWT want these changes available to all the POS Dos users so we are going to have to add these changes into the existing system. Since we need to update every DOS system we have to make sure that it is 120% correct. So it will started to be shipped early October.

    Then you should start to see better subscription data coming from News Corp.

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  • Met tickets

    Categories: Software, Industry

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    I went today to a meeting to discuss getting the new smartcard tickets for the Victoria’s Public Transport network into newsagencies. This will soon replace the current metropolitan ticketing system, Metcard, as well as V/Line tickets for trains and coaches, and ticketing on major bus lines in Traralgon, Moe, Morwell, Ballarat, Geelong and Bendigo.

    I do confess that when I heard Bill Express dropped out because of the low margins offered, I thought what is the point of all of it? So I went in with low expectations. That was good. If I expect little I am rarely disappointed. Only reason I went is because I have to go as to many of our clients these transport tickets are important. So off I went.

    When I came to the meeting the VANA representative was there together with the ANF representative who had sent their transport expert down from NSW were waiting . We started the meeting and as always my competitor came late again.

    Now as explained to us these products are a bit different to the existing system. You don’t buy a ticket what the consumer gets is a smartcard. Instead of a consumer buying a ticket for $9 for the day, they put whatever they like on the smartcard say $50 and whatever trip they make, the transport authority takes off the fee owing for that trip. You see here one of main advantage to the transport authority immediately is fewer consumer transactions. Here they are doing instead of five transactions, one transaction. Hold that thought!

    Whether it will be used for other types of transactions is unclear but probably it will also work as a smartcard. If so it will be directly competing with the new Telstra and NAB system coming out early next year which works though VISA. That one much swisher as all the consumer does is wave their mobile phone over a merchant’s contactless reader. Yes soon our mobile phones will be a VISA card.

    Once the meeting started we ran though the technology needs. They offered us several choices. The one that we preferred is the direct link into the P.O.S. software. All you do is call up a product in the cash register, put in a price and our software handles it just like any other product. The delay we were told would be somewhere between .3 to 1.5 second. I like the idea of having a hot key that when you press on the register and $20 goes into the smart card.

    Soon however the meeting drifted to the financial issue! Note this is all early days and it could all change tomorrow but at the meeting they stated they wanted daily sweeps of the merchant’s bank account. Also the proposed margins were going to drop for Met tickets from about 4.8% a transaction to 12 cents. I think it is much higher drop then that! To quote my example above merchants now makes 5 commissions at 0.44 for a $9 transactions =$2.20 now they make 12 cents.

    I was thinking to myself, is it any wonder Bill Express pulled out? However this question is not for me but my clients individually to decide.

    Anyway if you want to know more details check out their site.
    http://www.myki.com.au/

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