Contact Us: 0800 121 6376

Less than 24 hours after Smiths News announced that it was freezing its carriage charges until September 2022, News UK DTR (Direct to Retail) advised that it will further delay its own review.

The company, which supplies nearly 6,000 retail outlets inside the M25 area with the Sun and the Times, told the Federation of Independent Retailers (NFRN) that its next review of its carriage charge would now take place in May 2021.

Previously, it had deferred the review until March.

NFRN National President Stuart Reddish said:  “Carriage charges are unfair and illogical. As each year progresses and the charges rise, they become even more damaging to members’ businesses.  At such a difficult time financially for many retailers, any further increases could push yet more newsagents out of business.

“News UK DTR’s latest announcement is further good news for retailers. We are pleased that the company is acknowledging the challenging financial position that many news retailers are currently experiencing and has decided to further delay its review.

“We hope this latest news will put even more pressure on Menzies Distribution to follow suit.”

Related Articles

Related Articles

‘Freedom Day’ on July 19 to go ahead

‘Freedom Day’ on July 19 to go ahead
Read More

Independent retailers back calls for zero VAT on newspapers

Confirmation that the Irish government is to consider reducing or abolishing VAT on newspapers has been welcomed by the Fed (Federation of Independent Retailers). Print and online publications are currently subject to 9 per cent VAT. In a bid to...
Read More

NFRN meets Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner to Discuss Plans to Tackle Retail Crime

This week, the NFRN political engagement team met with the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Angelique Foster to discuss the county’s proposed effects to tackle retail crime, and how the federation can help. The Commissioner understood how independent retailers cannot...
Read More