New distribution partnership announced

20 Apr 2011

Fairfax Media NZ has announced a move to CourierPost and Netlink to provide distribution and delivery services for their Sunday newspapers and magazines from 1 July 2011.

At the same time, Fairfax Sunday newspapers will change their in-house operation, directly managing their own allocation and invoicing.

CourierPost transport network will distribute all of the Fairfax Sunday papers nationwide to more than 5000 retail outlets throughout the country from 1 July. This will provide an improved distribution network for the Sunday Star Times and the Sunday News.

Netlink will assume all magazine circulation and distribution services for the Fairfax magazine portfolio which includes The TV Guide, NZ Gardener, Cuisine, NZ House & Garden and NZ Life & Leisure.

General Manager of Printing & Distribution for Fairfax NZ, Danny Trainor says the partnership will provide the consistent distribution network required to shift large volumes of newspapers and magazines on time.

“We are confident in the technological capabilities, the experience, and the nationwide footprint of these distribution and delivery companies,” he says. “The changes we have made to Fairfax Media’s distribution network will provide significant business efficiencies for us and open up new opportunities for all the parties involved – Netlink, CourierPost and its drivers around the country.”

Lynley Belton, General Manager of Fairfax Magazines wants to recognise the partnership that Fairfax, Gordon & Gotch and their wider team, have had over a number of years. While this move is positive, it is tinged with a little sadness over the ending of such a long standing business relationship.

The move is an exciting development to work with both Netlink and CourierPost. It will mean an expansion of their distribution services with the print media industry that will open up additional revenue opportunities for CourierPost’s contractors. From July, CourierPost will also introduce the scanning of deliveries for magazines.

ENDS

Released on behalf of Fairfax Media NZ, Netlink Distribution and CourierPost by Goode PR Auckland.  
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Vikki Lee Goode of Goode PR, Auckland on +64 9 480 9948 or 021 964 888 or email vikkilee@goodepr.co.nz  

Note to editors:
Fairfax Media NZ: Fairfax Media NZ publishes a number of newspapers across New Zealand including Sunday Star Times and Sunday News, nine daily newspapers (including The Press, Manawatu Standard, Marlborough Express, Taranaki Daily News, The Dominion Post, The Nelson Mail, The Southland Times, The Timaru Herald and Waikato Times) and more than 60 community newspapers. Fairfax publish 25 magazines titles including Cuisine, NZ House & Garden, NZ Gardener, NZ Life & Leisure, The TV Guide. Fairfax also runs the market leading website stuff.co.nz as well as owning trademe.co.nz

Netlink Distribution: Netlink is New Zealand’s leading magazine distribution company representing major local and international publishers. Netlink offers a full range of services to its publishers from retail sales and field management, circulation management to pick & pack and warehousing services.

CourierPost:  CourierPost is part of Express Couriers Limited (ECL), an incorporated joint venture between New Zealand Post Limited and DHL International. ECL provides express transport and courier delivery services through its CourierPost, Pace, Roadstar and Contract Logistics brands, as well as its transport network. CourierPost has New Zealand’s most extensive delivery network for courier delivery services.

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