One thousand angry news retailers have signed an NFRN petition calling for a review into rip off carriage charges.

Signed postcards agreeing that Enough’s Enough when it comes to sky high carriage charges imposed by news wholesalers have been flooding in to the NFRN’s London head office since the organisation launched a campaign last month.

Many more retailers are adding their names in their droves to the Enough’s Enough petition on the NFRN’s website. Both the postcards and the online petition call for a full, transparent and independent review of the decision making process behind these charges.

NFRN National President Mike Mitchelson said: “In just one month we have been deluged with petition cards showing the real strength of feeling behind these pernicious charges and demonstrating all too clearly how they blight our members’ lives. The sheer volume of cards being returned simply shows that retailers – and our members in particular – have had enough and the retailer’s plight is of little interest to news wholesalers or publishers which given that they are the people who sell the products is disgusting and shows huge naivety.”

The petition cards read: “The news category carriage charging model is unfair and has now reached breaking point; so much so, we have seen charges increase by up to 20% since 2013.

“Unless the model changes the NFRN believes that:

  1. If further reviews and rises continue to take place without consultation or without clear justification, local and traditional community stockists will close in great numbers.
  2. These closures will accelerate a sharper decline in newspaper and magazine titles being available to consumers.

“I have had ENOUGH of carriage charges, and request that a full and transparent review of the decision making process is undertaken by an Independent party at the earliest opportunity.”

Just as the NFRN launched this latest campaign, Menzies Distribution announced that it was raising its carriage charge by an eye watering average of 3.97 per cent from April 1 2019, coinciding with rises in national minimum wage rates.

 

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