OPINION: News supply chain must change if indies are to survive – Jason Birks, national president, the Fed

Despite paying more to receive their supply of newspapers and magazines retailers have no guarantee of service improvements

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The news industry is still important to The Fed and its members, as I alluded to in my speech at Annual Conference, but it seems we are under constant siege from our supply-chain partners.

Recently, for example, Smiths News announced that its carriage charges are to rise by nearly 3%, and cover-price rises on weekday and Saturday editions of the Daily Mirror and on the Sunday Express have been accompanied by a cut in our margins, all at a time when the cost-of-living crisis deepens, and prices soar.

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