It was just a few years ago that owning a newsagency was all the rage. They were in fact a “top business” to own and one we all visited daily if not twice daily.
They are something we’ve all grown up with. In many communities they were one of the most important places and whether you wanted to use the postal service, get some sugary snacks, some milk or the newspaper, you could guarantee that the news agent would help you out.
However times have dramatically changed and with the demise of traditional post and the sliding newspaper readership, we have to ask the question – how much longer will newsagencies be around for?
Many media companies and organisations have been calling for newsagencies to innovate and goodness knows they have tried to beat peoples’ changing behaviours. They were speaking with a news agency owner who suggested that news agencies across the board need to change from being the place for newspaper and minor postal services to being a one stop shop for everything convenience related and running home delivery too. That’s quite a transformation and moves these iconic stores into a convenience store model instead.
Right now, it seems as though lotto, cigarette and scratchy sales are the things keeping the news agency afloat – but for how much longer? Do you feel for your local newsagency?
Today we want to know, do you still visit the newsagency? How often? How could it improve to better serve your needs? Share your thoughts in the comments below…