While I know only a little about consumer magazine distribution (the magazines we publish are distributed via the USPS and place-based channels), the news that consumer magazine wholesalers accounting for 50% of newsstand distribution are ceasing operations is a big (and not good) deal.
Quote from Foliomag.com:
Two weeks after threatening publishers with separate 7-cents-per-copy price hikes, a pair of major magazine wholesalers, Anderson News and Source Interlink, have decided to cease operations, according to a source at Comag. When contacted by FOLIO:, a Source Interlink spokesperson declined to comment “on rumors.” Anderson could not be reached for comment.
(I’ll add to this post later with links to coverage.)