The Smiths News round-up includes information about the latest newspaper promotions and supplements, plus details about upcoming magazine launches.
Each week the NFRN compiles data on publisher in-bound performance at each of the wholesale depots across the country.
Download the latest reports here – 12 August 2019
Magazine Ranking Information
The file below details each of the magazine titles available ranked in revenue order, both nationally and by wholesale house. Check out the Newspro Toolkit for why stocking the best-selling titles is so important.
Important Smiths News Documents
Third party advertising inserts (TPI)
HND retailers are entitled to extra payments to cover the cost of any additional inserts in any of the newspapers listed below, this is based on a weight based table (starting at 70g).
You must register for TPI payments through your local news wholesaler directly. Paid each quarter, payments are triggered automatically and are in addition to the current 2p manual insertion fees.
Latest Smiths News Updates
NFRN welcomes ground breaking automatic compensation for late deliveries
A new automatic payment scheme to Smiths News customers when papers are “materially late” has been described as a major game-changer by the NFRN.
National President Stuart Reddish said: “The NFRN’s news team has campaigned long and hard for news retailers to be automatically compensated for late papers so we welcome this bold step by Smiths News. We are pleased that a key industry player has finally recognised that it can no longer do nothing when the service it is paid to give its retail customers fails.
“At the earliest opportunity we will be working closely with Smiths News to further enhance this scheme, given that the £5 payment will only come into effect when papers are two or more hours late reaching retailers’ shops and reruns and claims are excluded.”
Mr Reddish continued: “The NFRN will not give up campaigning for supply chain improvements and we hope that publishers will take heed of this new scheme and look again at their arrival times into wholesale depots.
“Finally, I will be urging both Menzies Distribution and News UK DTR to follow suit.”
The new automatic payment scheme will come into effect from 1 September 2019.
For more information on this announcement, including how the compensation process will work, download the trade letter that Smiths News has sent to its customers.
NFRN secures win on collectables as Smiths News unveils deferred payment scheme
Just one week after the NFRN’s Annual Conference in Brighton, new National President Stuart Reddish has announced a strong win for members served by Smiths News with the news wholesaler introducing a four weeks deferred payment scheme for collectables.
This new scheme, which takes effect from July 1, means that collectables stockists will not be charged for product until four weeks after delivery. Up until now Smiths News has operated a one week deferred payment scheme.
Smiths News reveal plans to establish new call centre in India
Smiths News has today (16 May 2019) announced that it plans to create a new Shared Service Centre in India as part of its commitment to improve their current customer service operation. Read more on this breaking story
Smiths News launch estimated time of arrival functionality on SNapp
Smiths News has today (15 April) launched a trial which will see customers served out of its Plymouth Depot receive an expected arrival time of their deliveries. If the trial proves successful, the news wholesaler will roll out the service nationally.
Download the trade letter for full details.
Smiths News agrees new long term contract with Marketforce (UK) Limited
Smiths News has agreed a new long term contract with the magazine distributor Marketforce. The agreement secures all Smiths News’ distribution territories with Marketforce from 2020 through to 2025, representing revenues of circa £130m.p.a. at current market values. Read more
Members quiz Smiths News over Hemel service failings
Following complaints of constant service failings from members served out of the Smiths News hub in Hemel Hempstead, a joint NFRN meeting was called between the Hertfordshire, Berks & Bucks and London North West branches on Wednesday 19 September 2018. Read more