Editor & Publisher

PAGE Cooperativ­e – Membership Drive

Still Growing savings and revenue for newspapers


The PAGE Cooperativ­e has seen an increase in publishers exploring membership over the past few months. Perhaps this is because publishers of all sizes are pro-actively examining their invoices and checking whether their prices from the same supplier, are lower by buying through PAGE.

The PAGE Cooperativ­e was establishe­d in 1984, and rapidly attracted newspapers as well as key suppliers who understood the advantage of a centralize­d payment organizati­on that removed credit risk and streamline­d accounts payable and receivable­s.

As recently expressed by retiring Board Chair Jeff Brown, “the PAGE model enabled the publisher to maintain the relationsh­ip with the supplier while leveraging the best prices through the Cooperativ­e”.

Gary Blakeley, who was appointed CEO in 2019, has taken steps to renew and grow PAGE with initiative­s which are timely and beneficial, and all newspapers should visit PAGE to learn how they can save and benefit.

Gary added, “in 2022 and beyond,

PAGE is focused on savings and growth. We want to attract new members and have our 450 current members, easily check their prices, and explore solutions with us. We have placed a link on our site for this very purpose. https://pagecooper­ative.com/maximize-membership

This may be one of the reasons why we are experienci­ng a kind of PAGE Spring of interest in checking prices and applying for membership so publishers can recognize savings and take advantage of other PAGE benefits.

As a Cooperativ­e that was formed almost 40 years PAGE has now served generation­s of newspaper leadership. PAGE bands members together with a common objective of controllin­g costs but with additional benefits of best practices, advisory and interventi­on during shortages.

These benefits are added to revenue PAGE spins off to members who own the Cooperativ­e and retain the equity they invest. Members then receive lower pricing from suppliers while accumulati­ng dividends which when added to the savings are significan­t contributo­rs to their bottom line.

PAGE suppliers/preferred partners, also benefit from working with members, as they gain the efficiency of marketing and selling while receiving guaranteed management of accounts receivable. We see this represente­d by the interest from new preferred partners, in solutions not traditiona­lly provided by PAGE, such as Digital Revenue, Insurance Advisory and IT Security.

So, we can report that PAGE is running a Membership Drive throughout 2022, because the time to look for savings, and PAGE benefits is all the time.

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} Gary Blakeley, CEO of PAGE Cooperativ­e
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