|There's nothing "OK!" about these magazine racks.|
Here’s how a store’s checkout racks and magazine aisle look after going weeks without delivery of magazines.
|Magazines strike out at checkout.|
CVS had the misfortune (or poor judgment) less than a year ago to go all in on magazine distribution with Source Interlink, which collapsed last month and Monday went Chapter 22 (its second trip through Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization).
|Bookazines fill the void.|
Complicating the move is that TNG is demanding that publishers sign off on new terms, which include new fees and a transition to “pay on scan.” Source and TNG both apparently ran into trouble by grabbing market share with agreements to pay retailers based on the number of copies rung up at cash registers, not the number that were distributed but never returned.
|Empty slots and out-of-date issues|
Meanwhile, the magazine racks at many stores, especially in former Source strongholds in the Midwest, are being depleted. Will they remain empty until the industry is ready to deliver its product once again, or will impatient retailers just turn the space over to other products that are probably less profitable but also more reliable?