Short Order Publishing

Newsstand operations have been notorious for their inefficiencies and waste. Now there’s an innovation that could change the business. But is it too late?

Meganews Magazines has introduced a kiosk that prints magazines on demand. In a space smaller than a traditional newsstand, the kiosk uses touchscreens to retrieve the digital files of more than 200 publications stored in a remote server. Magazines are then printed in about two minutes. Some think this is a throwback to the extinct era of print publications. But for the magazines whose readers prefer to read print, it promises to rejuvenate sales at a time that traditional newsstand is in its death throes.