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The Radical Consolidation of the Periodical Distribution Market

Published on August 18, 2014

John Harrington, Partner at Harrington Associates, talks to Pat Henry about the consolidation in the periodical publishing market. They also discuss the implications for the future of magazine publishing.

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By Mark Hahn on Aug 19, 2014

Additional thoughts about the impact of the consolidation in the magazine wholesaler industry:

Prompted by Time Inc.’s decision to cut off shipment of its magazines, magazine wholesaler Source Interlink Distribution filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in June, announcing that the company will cease operations. Time Inc. apparently had good reason to withhold further shipments, reporting that it will be unable to collect $26 million due from Source Interlink. As Time Inc. switches to another distributor, it will likely lose sales and possibly readership loyalty as its newsstand slots sit empty for up to 12 weeks.

(Excerpt from The Target Report, June 2014)

 

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