On September 16, 2014, PBAA hosted its first PBAANYC in conjunction with the annual PBAA Kickoff Party: a benefit for the 25 Year Club. Over 70 were in attendance to participate in a full day of one on one meetings, and heard presentations from IPDA and Ingram Content Group on important industry issues and opportunities at the Time Life building in NYC.
The first book I read when I arrived in the United States in 1978, as a graduate student, was Time Inc.: The Intimate History of a Publishing Enterprise by Robert T. Elson. Joe Ripp, current CEO of Time Inc. is reading the same book now. Not that he needs to, but it is a very good refresher history into the ins and outs of a company that was, is and always will be more than “just a magazine company.” Continue reading
“I’m most concerned with the store level conditions in merchandising. That’s where the rubber meets the road in execution. We can come up with these great ideas, but if they’re not executed at the store level, it doesn’t really matter.” Will Michalopoulos Continue reading
The US magazine business is facing a double whammy of relentlessly falling newsstand sales and a supply chain which continues to teeter on the edge of collapse (see "consolidation in US wholesaling": Page 7). The dire situation prompted an article from Jay Annis of specialist publisher Taunton Press, which was recently published in The New Single Copy and which touches on a number of issues which have some echoes here in the UK as Jay looks at two questions... Continue reading