Following the well publicised Post Wars of recent weeks, Publishers Australia senior executives will meet with their counterparts at Australia Post on August 6th in Sydney with business growth the key agenda item.
Executive Director of Publishers Australia, Alan Sarkissian and Chairman, Geoff Hird will meet with the Group Manager, Letters at Australia Post, Allan Robinson. Printing Industries Association of Australia Chief Executive, Philip Andersen will also be in attendance, providing a voice for the key service sector for magazine publishers.
"We have two main goals for this meeting, with business growth being the key one" Hird stated, adding "We want Australia Post to understand that working with Publishers Australia and our magazine publisher members will not only help our members grow, but in turn work towards growing their print post business."
With the shift to digital delivery platforms, most publishers had already been forced to cut print volumes, and the latest Australia Post price hikes have only served to fast track this trend - not an ideal situation for Australia Post or many publishers.
The other key item on the agenda will be the future consultation process between Australia Post and Publishers Australia with regard to price increases. "Australia Post have admitted they communicated this latest increase poorly to us, so we are seeking a more professional and transparent process moving forward" Hird said.
The latest price hikes, coming in this tough economic climate, are already impacting small to large publishers alike, with several Publishers Australia members stating job cuts may well follow as a result.
In meeting with Allan Robinson early next month, Hird said Publishers Australia will be looking to avert similar instances in the future. "A more open communication channel and a better voice for the magazine publishing and printing sectors at the Australia Post negotiating table is a must" Hird said in closing.