newsXpress Margaret River awarded at WANA ceremony

margaret-river_1.jpgAndrew & Tanya Wagner and their team at newsXpress Margaret River were rewarded for their progressive business acumen by being named as ‘New Technology’ newsagent of the year at the recent WANA Awards Night.

This award catapults them into contention for the National award in the same category to be announced at a Gala Event in Fremantle later this month as part of the 2010 Industry Convention. We wish them all the best. Andrew and Tanya on the right are pictured with Neville Roedinger, WANA State Manager after accepting their award.

Geographics joins newsXpress as preferred supplier

geo2.jpgnewsXpress, in it’s ongoing endeavours to provide the best range of products to consumers and the most impressive business plan to members has pleasure in announcing the appointing of Geographics paper to its list of preferred suppliers.

Geographics provides a vast range of high quality desktop papers with pre-printed designs. Geographics also has a range of Business Cards, Photo Paper, Posterboard, Pen Refills, Point of Sale signage, Presentation & Document Covers, Seals, Envelopes, Certificates, Social Stationery & Gift Vouchers.

Italplast signs on as preferred supplier of newsXpress

italplast.jpgItalplast, Designers, Manufacturers and Wholesalers of quality desk accessory stationery products have been appointed a preferred supplier to the 160 strong and growing network of newsXpress. The appointment of Italplast strengthens the newsXpress offer available to consumers and benefits enjoyed by members.

Full terms and conditions of the new agreement are available to newsXpress members via the newsXpress website members section, along with updated order forms.

Bostik signs on as preferred supplier of newsXpress

bostik-logo.jpgBostik the worldwide adhesive giant has agreed to terms with newsXpress as a preferred supplier for home, office and education adhesive products. Full terms and conditions of the new agreement are available to newsXpress members via the newsXpress website members section.

In store planograms have been developed in three different sizes to suit every stores unique layout or space requirement along with simple to co,plete order forms for the correct quntity of stock required. newsXpress have worked diligently with Bostik to stremline the order, replenishment and service processes to ensure maximum opportunity to provide positive returns to members.

ACP Connections Conference is ‘Bloody Fantastic!’

The 8th Annual ACP Connections Conference and Awards ceremony was held at the majestic Park Hyatt in Melbourne yesterday to much acclaim with newsXpress again stealing the limelight from the gracious hosts.

With a conference theme of ABC – (Attitude, Balance, Collaboration) it indeed seemed as simple as 1,2,3 to Warrick and Jo Hosking from newsXpress Gympie who brought the evening’s festivities to a crescendo and the raucous crowd to their feat with the announcement of their momentous victory in the prestigoius ‘Newsagent of the Year’ title.

The ACP Connections website outlines the highest honour they annually bestow upon a worthy Newsagent as:  A recognition of all-round excellence and sales growth. Furthermore the winner shall exhibit ‘best practice’ principles across all areas of their operation, including business planning, technology, store presentation, category management, marketing and promotions, customer service and staff training. 

This guideline describes Warrick and Jo to a tee, but doesn’t take into account the infectious enthusiasm and generous brand spruiking that is ingranied to their personalities. They are truly the most worthy of winners and these additional character traits consolidated their back to back victory.

Not to be over looked amongst the hysteria that was the main event was the meritoriuos performance of Philip and Deborah Kobelt from newsXpress Parap who were rightfully acknowledged as Runners-Up. Their commitment to the connections program and unwavering pursuit of innovation in the promotion and merchandise of ACP titles capped a very successful newsXpress night.


Happy newsXpressers:

From back left – Mark & Shelley Petersen, Geoff Hilder, Stephen & Liz Dye, Paul & Maureen Blunden, Ron Thorpe, Mark Nagy, Debbie Kobelt.

Middle Row – Karen Sutton, Fiona & Adrian Matthews

Front Row – Ahn Do (Conference MC and Comedian), Scott Day, Warrick Hosking, Paul Martin, Jarrod Black, Ben Kay, Graham Randall, and Philip Kobelt

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.


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.

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

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


Thank you & Congratulations to all newsXpress Finalists…

The newsXpress National Support Team would like to once again thank and congratulate the newsXpress finalists in the Newsagency awards at the ANF conference.

Warrick & Joe Hosking, Finalist – Retail Newsagent of the Year – newsXpress Gympie, QLD.

Rebecca McIntyre, Finalist – Employee of the Year – newsXpress Sarina, QLD

Nia Kugel, Winner – Woman Newsagent of the Year – newsXpress Lowood, QLD



Rebecca McIntyre, Finalist – Employee of the year – newsXpress Sarina, QLD

Women’s Health “Woman Newsagent of the Year” Award

Pacific Magazines launched the inaugural Women’s Health ‘Woman Newsagent of the Year’ Award at this week’s ANF Conference on the Gold Coast.

It will become an annual award recognising the extraordinary efforts by women who own, manage or are employees of newsagencies in Australia.


The winner will be determined by demonstrating excellence in one or more of the following areas:

  • Achieving work/life balance
  • Success in Business
  • Community involvement
  • Industry Contribution

The 2008 Finalists were announced as:

  • Julie McDowell, Pottsville Newsagency, NSW
  • Nia Kugel, newsXpress Lowood, QLD
  • Elaine Munro, East Geelong Newsagenc, VIC

And the winner is….Nia Kugel, newsXpress Lowood!


The Winner: Inaugural Women Newsagent of the Year, Nia Kugel of newsXpress Lowood giving her victory speech.


Happy Couple: Nia and Aaron Kugel pictured with Vicki Rossi, Retail Sales and Circulation Director, Pacific Magazines.


The Finalists: Carolyn Doherty (ANF), Julie McDowell (Pottsville Newsagency), Nia Kugel (newsXpress Lowood), Elaine Munro (East Geelong Newsagency), & Felicity Percival (Editor, Australian Women’s Health Magazine).


newsXpress sponsors 2008 ANF Conference

newsXpress once again supported the 2008 ANF National Conference as a Gold Sponsor.



newsXpress CEO Mark Nagy presented an adaptation of pentagon and triangular strategies aimed at operation and opportunity to delegates on the Monday afternoon, while fellow Director and newsXpress Proprietor Mark Fletcher enagaged a large audience with a workshop concerning the Newsagency of the Future.