Smiths News has extended its delivery deal with magazine distributor Frontline, securing all current distribution territories until 2025.

The deal is a continuation of the current arrangement, which was set to end in 2020. Alongside the extended distribution contract with News UK until 2024, Smiths News has now secured 30% of its total sales revenue for the next half-decade.

Speaking about the deal, Connect Group’s CEO, Jos Opdeweegh, said: “Long- term partnerships are
central to our business model, allowing us to drive efficiencies and deliver great service for publishers, retailers, and millions of consumers.”

NFRN’s head of news, Brian Murphy, said: “Ensuring a sustainable route to market and the continuation of the supply chain is of paramount importance, and this is an important step towards achieving that.

“But there is an increasing requirement to realise that ever escalating carriage charges and decline sales is becoming more toxic.”

Frontline’s 40% share of the UK magazine market includes titles such as Radio Times, Take a Break and Good Housekeeping.

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