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As the newspaper industry battles to sustain its legacy print publications in some viable form, there also seems to be a deeper understanding than ever that the best of today’s “newspapers” are integrated, multi-faceted, ever-evolving entities, while the halcyon print days of the late 20th Century are memories dearly held by a generation (myself included) now aging out of the business.
The Newspaper Association of America acknowledged just that in September by changing its name to the News Media Alliance.
NMA’s CEO David Chavern explained in his monthly blog: “Newspapers are no longer just the things delivered to your doorstep every morning. They are massive digital sites, Facebook feeds, events, VR experiences and so much more … Print has been the heart and soul of this business for hundreds of years but, going forward, we want to make it very clear that, regardless of platform, our members provide the high quality, original reporting that is critical to an informed public and a vibrant democracy.”
In early October, the American Society of News Editors explained that its membership structure will turn away from print circulation figures and rely on monthly web traffic. ASNE President Mizell Stewart III – the VP for News Ops for Gannett and USA Today Network – acknowledged digital platforms as the first choice of consumers, adding that “the leaders of U.S. newsrooms have moved far beyond their roots in daily newspapers, serving readers across every content platform.”
Additionally, in reporting an anticipated 8.7% decline in spending on print newspaper industry ads, the Wall Street Journal also announced a consolidation of print edition sections as part of an effort to make its print newspaper “more sustainable for the long haul and help accelerate the newsroom’s digital transformation.”
Though not newspaper-specific, the upcoming Digital Publishing Summit set for Dec. 5-6 in San Francisco will address a wide range of topics, many which the newspaper industry continues to struggle with.
Of course, as is the case with any type of change, there are contrary views about the future path of the newspaper industry. For example, Poynter recently reported that Politico’s Jack Shafer wonders if embracing digital was ever in the industry’s best interest.
Meet Our Staff:
Elise Pecci celebrated her first anniversary with The Nexxus Group in September, having previously worked in the medical field.
“I currently oversee the Scan Based Trading program for nine retailers, work closely with vendors and retailers to maintain their Pricebook, resolve issues regarding service or draw changes that may occur, and complete requests from retailers and vendors,” says Elise, who holds a Masters in Business Administration and Bachelors in Sports Management from Endicott College.
She cites teamwork as the reason The Nexxus Group stands apart: “The Nexxus Group sets itself apart with the service it provides because everyone working for this company truly cares about their jobs and we work together as a family to achieve our goals.”
A native and resident of Stoneham MA, Elise enjoys a wide variety of activities, including playing tennis, kayaking, hiking and swimming.
If Elise wasn’t working at Nexxus, she says she “would be traveling around the world.” A favorite destination is Disney World, which she has visited 34 times.
“I recently got engaged at Disney World in front of Cinderella’s Castle. We are very excited to plan our wedding,” she says.
Favorite Quote: “Everything happens for a reason.”
New Client Update:
Growing Mirabito C-store network joins with The Nexxus Group®
BEVERLY, Massachusetts (Sept. 20, 2016) – Mirabito Holdings, Inc. of Binghamton, NY has selected The Nexxus Group® to provide proprietary Scan Based Trading solutions at its 104 company owned and operated convenience stores in New York and Pennsylvania. The program began September 19.
Mirabito opened its first convenience store in Oxford, NY in 1982 under the Quickway Food Stores banner. The company’s Quickway locations and Convenience Express Stores were re-branded as Mirabito Convenience Stores in 2010. Earlier this year, Mirabito expanded its convenience store footprint with the acquisition of 30 gas stations and convenience store locations from Global Partners LP. The sale was finalized August 24.
Established in 1927 by James Mirabito as a coal distributor, the company is now under the guidance of the family’s third generation, cousins CEO Joseph Mirabito and Vice President of Customer Development William Mirabito. In addition to its growing C-store presence, the company is a major distributor of commercial and residential energy solutions in upstate New York, Western Massachusetts and Connecticut.
“Our enhanced NexxHub SBT program will create more efficiency for Mirabito Convenience Stores and we’re excited to be establishing a long-term relationship with a growing, forward-thinking company known for superb customer service and commitment to their communities,” said Nexxus Group CEO Mark Landgren.
Management team sails in Regatta for Entrepreneurship
Boston-based FoundersWire hosted some pretty adventurous executives and their crews at the Regatta for Entrepreneurship at the Boston Sailing Center on Thursday, July 28. The inaugural regatta called some old salts—like Nexxus Group CEO Mark Landgren and the management team of Russ Fant, John Lara and Pat McGinley —back to the water, competing aboard J24s, typically raced with five-person crews. Read Shelagh Braley’s full report.
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