Are Media will rebrand the recently acquired Ovato Retail Distribution to Are Direct across Australia and New Zealand from 1 November.
Are Media said that the newly branded Are Direct will remain committed to supporting and strengthening the retail and newsagency sector, and the magazine category in its entirety, by ensuring retailers receive a reliable supply of diverse and relevant magazines to drive revenue and foot traffic in store.
Are Direct will continue to distribute Are Media’s magazines and the magazines of local and international publishers to 2,800 newsagents and travel outlets, 2,300 supermarkets and 1,900 convenience stores around Australia and to retail outlets across New Zealand.
Some 250 employees who previously worked for Ovato Retail Distribution have transitioned to Are Direct, with David Hogan continuing to lead the newly acquired business in Australia, and Tony Edwards continuing to lead it in New Zealand.
Are Media CEO Jane Huxley said: “Are Direct’s focus continues to be on ensuring magazines from all publishers are efficiently distributed to retailer partners, supporting their businesses and enabling easy access to magazines by all consumers. So it’s very much a case of business as usual.
“I’m delighted to welcome Are Direct’s team to the Are Media family, meaning the deliveries and service support our partners have come to expect are not only maintained but enhanced.”
The Are Direct name change will be effective from Monday 1 November.
The sale of Ovato Retail Distribution Pty Ltd to Are Media was completed in August. Ovato sold the retail distribution business and restructured the company to bring its core business back to print.