Newsstands: A Dying Distribution Channel for Print

ChicagoBusiness reports on the state of newsstands in Chicago:

“The city Department of Transportation now licenses just 65 sidewalk newsstands — half as many as in 2000 — and visits to licensed locations last week indicate the number in operation is far smaller, around 46. The Chicago Transit Authority also reports a big drop in newsstand tenants. About 500 sold papers in the early 1990s.”

The reasons for the downward slide are many, but the loss of this distribution channel is another challenge for print.

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