We have finalised plans for a Newsagency of the Future workshop series for the end of March. Anyone is welcome to attend, newsagents, newsagency employees, would be newsagents and newsagency suppliers.

Attendance is free. You can book by faxing in a booking form or registering through the online booking facility on the Tower Systems website.

At this workshop I will share the very latest retail trends based on what I saw at the National Retail Federation Retail conference in New York last month and will see at the Retail Week conference in London in under two weeks time.

Tower CEO Mark Fletcher also share thoughts on the factors newsagents need to consider in planning their future – migration to digital, online shopping, competition from supermarkets and others, the growing cost of labour and retail real-estate and changes in attention from core newsagency suppliers.

The workshop will look at what is happening in the newsagency channel, the consolidation in some areas and decisions newsagents face – not just around circulation and print products but in other areas such as stationery, lotteries and agency product.

There will also be some time devoted to recent events such as newspaper contracts, decisions by publishers on newspaper distribution, magazine distribution challenges and how newsagents as a channel need to respond to these.

The last time Mark ran such a workshop was mid 2010.  So much has changed since then. Many new challenges have emerged and many new opportunities are before us.

If you want practical ideas you can implement today in pursuit of growth then you should find this session of value. If you want insights into and even guidance on the longer term challenges and opportunities then I you too will find the session valuable.

We don’t profess to have the answers. That said, we as a company certainly see plenty of options for newsagents.  Our collective sense is that newsagents want to discover and understand their options.

If you can’t make one of the capital city events we do plan to consider regional events if the interest is there in this series first.  We’ll keep you posted.