In a joint press release, Speedimpex Australia and Integrated Publication Solutions (IPS) announced they have formed a strategic alliance which will see IPS take on the operational and logistics functions for the 1,000-strong portfolio previously managed by Speedimpex. The alliance will give a welcome boost to the IPS portfolio (which previously sat around 114 titles) which will now include some of the world's most prestigious magazines from Europe, UK and USA.
In a deal that's sure to have caught Network and Gordon and Gotch by surprise, IPS can now potentially offer those publishers previously with Speedimpex a similar scale off the Fairfax distribution network. IPS can deliver 5 days per week unlike the other distributors who reduced their delivery days in July to 2 days per week in response to managing costs on declining distribution volumes. Newsagents for their part, will earn 27% commission on copies sold (compared to 25% for Network and G&G) across the expanded IPS portfolio where the standard IPS trading terms now apply.
Australia's two main distributors Gordon and Gotch and Network Services recently announced they will reduce delivery days to twice a week.
Commencing 15 July 2013 with costs at the heart of the decision, delivery days will now be Monday and Thursday (previously Monday, Wednesday, Thursday). You can read these two important announcements from both distributors below.
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