More than 80 newsXpress proprietors and team members came along for the Queensland Market Fair at the Greek Club in South Brisbane yesterday with 27 suppliers also on hand.

Several Supply partners made the astounding claims shortly after the fair that they had enjoyed their single most successful sales day’s ever. This is an extraordinary endorsement of the Market Fairs that began as a simple idea several months ago.

We now look forward to Perth next week albeit a smaller more intimate event in a blossoming market for newsXpress.

newsXpress Members and suppliers descended upon the Greek Club in record numbers.

Some of the Hallmark team with Ian Chapman from newsXpress Kinkora and Sun Valley in Gladstone

The Olympic Games Visual Merchandising pack – contact for more information.

A wide hot of the hustle bustle in Brisbane yesterday.

Happy Birthday newsXpress Victoria!

Today, newsXpress turns 3 years old in Victoria. We have come a long way. Picking up some excellent stores throughout the state and consolidating the National Support Centre in Melbourne. This base has been integral in developing supplier and other relationships which are providing great rewards for the group.

newsXpress was started in 2001 by current Director Graham Randall and two other entrepreneurial newsagents in South East Queensland. The group grew within Queensland for four years before branching out south of the border. 7 years after introducing newsXpress we have over 140 stores in each of the 8 states and territories throughout Australia.

More sponsors come on board for the newsXpress National Conference

newsXpress warmly welcomes both Pacific Magazines and Lovatt’s as sponsors of the inaugural newsXpress National Conference at Conrad Jupiter’s in September.

It is a great credit to our supply partners to possess the foresight and vision to champion this exciting event. We hope to announce several other strategic sponsors over the coming weeks.

Melbourne Market Fair brings suppliers and proprietors together

Another great outcome from the most recent newsXpress Market Fair held in Melbourne was the opportunity for proprietors and other newsXpressers to meet with supply partners.

This face to face interaction is often taken for granted, but with a great number of our newsagents being located in regional areas this benefit is proving invaluable.

The Hallmark display complete with exclusive newsXpress Alliance promotion Care & Friendship POS.

Robyn, Neil & Leonie from newsXpress Whittlesea are impressed with the great range of plush products from Jasnor

Janine & Jason from newsXpress Shoreline in deep discussion with Marilyn& Dean from Diddl.

Phil Johnson from newsXpress Keysborough and Tim Batt from Tower Systems  go through the finer points of the programs operation.

Jim O’Toole and his daughter Ainslie from newsXpress Rutherglen spend a few minutes catching up with newsXpress Chairman Graham Randall and Ashley Horne from Canson.


We are pleased to announce that ACP Magazines and Network Services Company have both agreed to be sponsors of the inaugural newsXpress National Conference at Conrad Jupiter’s in September. It is pleasing that both companies have agreed to partner in this event.

Melbourne Market Fair finesses Sydney success

The second newsXpress exclusive Market Fair was held at the Brighton Savoy in Melbourne today with over 45 newsXpressers from Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania in attendance.

Once again 25+ suppliers presented their wares, upcoming ranges and fair offers to the delight of the large newsXpress contingent. The third fair takes place at the Greek Club in Brisbane on Thursday.


The colorful and exceptionally popular Canson Creative Christmas Promotion.

newsXpressers interact with supply partners in the intimate surrounds.


 newsXpress members listen intently to presentations from Mark Nagy, newsXpress CEO, Canson, 3M & Hallmark.


newsXpress continues to innovate and grow its marketing to reflect this which no other group in the channel does. The newsXpress offer is equally sophisticated and effective in what it puts together for it’s National network of stores and this is where the point of difference becomes apparent.

Care & Friendship is a fantastic example of an idea that came from a newsXpress member and then embraced by the group and has grown to the point where strategic partner Hallmark wanted to get involved and make it an exclusive Alliance program for newsXpress.

This perfectly illustrates the level of faith and belief that Hallmark, Australia’s largest Greeting Card supplier has in newsXpress.

The evolution of Care & Friendship –  history-of-the-care-friendship-promotion-2008.pdf

newsXpress appoints National Merchandise Manager

newsXpress last week announced the appointment of Ben Kay as National Merchandise Manager.

Ben has had a tremendous grounding in retail and the Newsagency channel and has a wealth of knowledge in technology, retailing, product development and selection gained over many years in serving this channel and newsXpress in a wide range of senior roles.

Ben can be contacted through

To read the full press release: newsxpress-pr-ben-kay.pdf


In recognition of the massive volumes of Hallmark merchandise being driven by the newsXpress group of stores, Hallmark have decided to provide an exclusive Alliance promotion for newsXpress.

The Care & Friendship promotion is a newsXpress exclusive which has been running for a few years originally initiated by newsXpress proprietor Terry Augustine. Hallmark have seized the chance to partner in this promotion and the creative is nothing short of brilliant. Look out for some huge sales at newsXpress stores in July.

newsXpress gives back to its stores by providing the Hallmark Alliance program free of charge to its members. Hallmark Alliance Program


Trade advertisement for the newsXpress exclusive Care & Friendship promotion in conjunction with the Hallmark Alliance Program as featured in the June edition of National Newsagent.


Yesterday we held our very first newsXpress market fair at Castle Hill RSL in Sydney’s North/Western suburbs. It would be fair to say we did not know what to expect.

We invited 25 supply partners and service providers in line with newsXpress‘ long term goal of streamlining its supply chain to drive increased margins and eliminate unnecessary costs for its members and supply partners. What was planned to be a low key affair turned into something special with a wide cross section of national brand suppliers and service providers being involved.

newsXpress wanted it to be a low cost event so that suppliers could concentrate on delivering for the members. A number of suppliers commented on how inexpensive this fair was to attend in comparison to others. By developing long term supply partnerships everyone benefits.

Next week we do it all again in Melbourne & Brisbane and then the following week in Perth as we want to make sure every store in our network can benefit.

Proud: newsXpress Castle Towers proprietor Geoff Hilder and newsXpress Chairman Graham Randall

Networking: newsXpress CEO Mark Nagy, Nici Wceszniak & Shirley from newsXpress Castle Towers

Purchase Opportunity: Vinay Soni, proprietor of newsXpress Roselands buying books from Ross Morris of Australian Book Wholesalers (ABW)
img_5264.jpg Pens, Glorious Pens: Terry & Rosalie from newsXpress Northgate perusing the Pentel exhibit
img_5266.jpg Say it with a card: Maureen & Paul Blunden, newsXpress Orange talking Christmas Card orders with Lynn Mason from Cardpac

img_5270.jpg Art made easy: newsXpress Wagga Wagga proprietors, Dean Sutherland (left) & Troy Sutherland (far right) with Ashley Horne from Canson

Ecstatic: A very happy Phil Banks from newsXpress Glendale mills around the 3M display

Intimate: A wide shot of the interaction between suppliers and members at Castle Hill RSL for the Sydney Market Fair

Atmosphere: With over 25 suppliers and 40 newsXpress representatives in attendance the fair was a hive of activity for the four hour duration.

img_5278.jpg Hallmark Alliance: Nici, Geoff, Shirley (newsXpress Castle Towers), Graeme Baker (newsXpress McArthur), with Julie-Anne and Christine from Hallmark

img_5280.jpg Smile for the camera: Vinay (newsXpress Roselands) & Hallmark ladies Julie-Anne & Christine

Bright, bold, beautiful: Karen Sutton & the crew from newsXpress Singleton Heights listening to a presentation from hiPP

Gifts for everyone: newsXpressers Ben Kay & Lesley Bortfield enjoying the fair alongside Scott & Steven Brooker from Care and Share

img_5303.JPG Work & Play: Anthony & Nicky McCormack of newsXpress Woden with their Pentel representative

Rollerboy: Sandy Burke of newsXpress Wauchope, with a senior team member discussing stationery requirements with Pentel’s Rob Henderson

All the fun of the fair: Paul Waite & Karen Sutton

Going well: Graham Randall & Ben Kay

img_5308.jpg Catch Up: Roger & Lesley Bortfield, newsXpress NSW/ACT/NT Business Development Managers spending some time with their QLD/WA counterpart Karen Sutton

Worth the wait: Maureen Blunden from newsXpress Orange & Karen Sutton

newsXpress National Conference

newsXpress has announced it will be holding its inaugural national conference at Conrad’s Jupiter’s on the Gold Coast starting on the 17th September.

The proprietors have been asking for a couple of years now, so in keeping with only having the best people possible working with newsXpress, Paul Waite has agreed to join the newsXpress team to look after the conference. Paul is well known in the industry as a former CEO of the ANF and NANA and has exceptional skills in event management.

Paul’s brief is to put together something different drawing on his experience and using his knowledge to build not only an event that is relevant, but to focus on the development of newsagents to retailers. Paul can be contacted at


Doing it the newsXpress way

One from the archives – newsXpress Albany opened in Western Australia in December 2006, building their ‘Gala Event’ from the newsXpress store opening template.

A simple but very effective store opening was organised by the team at newsXpress Albany…Hamish arranged to have an Outside broadcast with the local Radio West station and effective advertising in the local Newspaper…

The first 500 customers all received a newsXpress Red environmental bag filled with goodies from industry suppliers…and free balloons were also handed out to all, while the Hallmark Forever Friends Bear was also a great crowd puller as always!!!!







Newsagent’s at Play…

Hallmark Sponsored ANF Golf Day

A great day was had by Newsagents, Suppliers and Industry partners who took part in the Hallmark Sponsored Golf Day at ‘The Colonial Golf Club’ on the Gold Coast.


Cheeky: newsXpress Director of Greeting Card Strategy, Ron Thorpe showing off his Big Bertha…


Fun Times:  Carolyn Doherty, Ron Thorpe, Rob Hunt & Chris from Springwood Newsagency, NSW


Big decision: Jits from newsXpress Thornlie Square, WA contemplates which club to use.


Thumbs Up:  Phil Kobelt, newsXpress Parap, NT


Smiles all round: newsXpress Chairman, Graham Randall after winning nearest the pin – first time for everything!


 Great Day: Paul Martin from newsXpress Toowong Village, QLD.


In evolving the newsXpress offer, the team at newsXpress Jamison in the ACT have chosen to provide space for newspapers in a part of the store that is not a traditional spot for newspapers.

Tradition is good but selling space is configured to what drives profit, in this case newspapers have made way for new money revenue drivers and have been located in sub prime space, not at the front of the store as in traditional shop fits.