The Star management gains better understanding of vendors’ role


  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 23 Jan 2020

Vogiatzakis speaking to newspaper vendor association representatives during the meetup at Menara Star, Petaling Jaya.

THE current trend in how people get and read the news, which is skewed towards online, has disrupted the newspaper and print industry.

Star Media Group (SMG) chief executive officer Andreas Vogiatzakis said this while acknowledging that vendors played a crucial role in the company’s newspaper delivery chain.

“I joined SMG last August, and since then I have prioritised connecting with as many vendors and vendor associations as possible.

“The Star would not be number one without the firm support and partnership of vendors that has been built, nurtured and nourished in the past four decades,” he said during SMG’s newspaper vendor association meeting at Menara Star in Petaling Jaya.

It was the inaugural meetup where all 36 vendor representatives from the peninsula distribution gathered together under one roof.

“It was critical for me to connect with them to understand the business better.

“At the same time, I used these opportunities to get direct feedback from them, explore stronger collaborations, and make sure we collectively maintain and grow our rice bowl.

“The last few years have been tough for all our businesses,” said Vogiatzakis.

He added that the meeting was part of a larger move to manage resources the best way possible, and simultaneously open up new revenue opportunities.

Some of the current challenges include ageing vendors who have no one to replace them, high turnover and reliance on foreign workers. — By AIDA AHMAD

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