A Slough HND operator has questioned why newspaper voucher systems cannot be modernised to save retailers time and hassle.

Raj Wadher, of Upton News, told RN publishers should use their existing database of customers to pay retailers in instalments, rather than forcing them to collect newspaper vouchers and send them to their wholesaler.

“What they should do is introduce a system so that when a customer orders a voucher subscription they can just alert that customer’s retailer and tell them to give them the newspapers, and then pay the retailer what they’re owed every month,” he said.

“It would save so much time and hassle. They could still get payments for three months’ worth of vouchers at once and just pay us every month.”