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Tentative rollout schedule set for GPCs


Gannettoid.com | news@gannettoid.com | Posted: Nov. 23, 2009 • Morning report


Gannettoid note: Schedule corrected Nov. 25.

One month after issuing a tentative schedule, Gannett's vice president of operations has updated rollout plans for the company's transition to consolidated ad production.

In the memo, Austin Ryan said payment plans have been finalized for employees who will lose jobs from this consolidation. What those plans may include was not mentioned.

Gannett's plans for regional ad-building centers were first mentioned in August and confirmed in September. The consolidated centers are in Des Moines and Indianapolis, two of the first few places on the transition schedule.

Des Moines and Iowa City led the transition with a Nov. 2 change. Indianapolis is scheduled for the next transition Jan. 18, with other papers in Indiana following a week later.


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Here's the memo:

From: Stephansky, Cristen On Behalf Of Ryan, J. Austin 
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2009 8:54 AM
Subject: Revised GPC Roll Out Schedule

Folks

We continue to learn volumes in Des Monies and as such have revised the previous shared schedule to be more in line with the original business plan. Please review and plan accordingly. Additionally I understand from Roxanne that she has communicated to the Regional HR Director the pay out plan for positions eliminated.

Thought I would additionally share some bullet points on progress in Des Moines:

  • Des Moines Register is live as of Nov 2nd at the GPC. Week 1, GPC produced 1000 ads for the Des Moines Register and struggled with system and networking challenges. So far in Week 2 things are much quieter with communication (getting/sharing enough information) a challenge, but meeting with DMR daily to work through and develop a plan for future newspapers also many process errors on the sites part and we have reinstated outsourcing.
  • Prior to conversion, DMR had only been using ATOL (online submission and proofing tool) for about 2 weeks. Struggling with educating sales rep, but arranged a refresher training session with vendor and this was very helpful for them.
  • 38% of all ad materials being submitted by DMR are late against deadlines they had given us.
  • Continue to struggle with networking issues and are working through with Corp IT.
  • Developing training materials for future site roll outs, and creating a share-point site for materials and schedules.
  • Working on best practices as well for future roll outs and also a checklist to use throughout that process
  • Spent time in UK observing consolidated centers with in-house ad production and out-sourcing will be setting up visits to those sites who have already accomplished some local area consolidations such as Nashville and Wisconsin but also New York Times.

As I had mentioned early on to the Group Presidents this will be challenging but should allow us technology to enhance our relationship with customers as well as free up time for our sales group to grow revenue.

Again if you have thoughts and concerns please let me know,

Thanks for all the support

Austin


Here's the attached rollout schedule:

  A B C D E F G
1 revise roll out schedule for GPC
2 2010 Budget
3 Site NEW Conversion Date Previous Tenative Date   Site NEW Conversion Date Previous Tenative Date
4 Des Moines/Weeklies 11/1/09 11/1/09   Greenville 5/24/10 4/25/10
5 Indianapolis 1/18/10 1/17/10   Montgomery 6/7/10 4/25/10
6 Lafayette, IN 1/25/10 1/24/10   Battle Creek 6/14/10 5/2/10
7 Muncie 1/25/10 1/24/10   Lansing 6/14/10 5/2/10
8 Richmond 2/1/10 1/24/10   Port Huron 6/14/10 5/2/10
9 Rochester 2/8/10 2/7/10   Phoenix 6/28/10 5/9/10
10 Cincinnati 2/29/2010 2/28/10   Iowa City 6/28/10 11/1/09
11 Wilmington 3/15/10 3/14/10   Pensacola 7/5/10 5/16/10
12 Asbury Park Press 3/22/10 3/21/10   St. Cloud 7/12/10 5/16/10
13 Home News Tribune 3/22/10 3/21/10   Burlington 7/19/10 5/23/10
14 Bridgewater 3/22/10 3/21/10   Poughkeepsie 7/26/10 5/23/10
15 Nashville 3/29/10 3/28/10   Cherry Hill 8/2/10 5/30/10
16 Clarksville/Gallatin 3/29/10 3/28/10   Vineland 8/9/10 5/30/10
17 Murfreesboro 3/29/10 3/28/10   Salinas 8/16/10 6/6/10
18 Jackson, TN 3/29/10 3/28/10   Consolidated Visalia and Tulare 8/23/10 6/6/10
19 Palm Springs 4/12/10 4/4/10   East Wisconsin 9/13/10 6/13/10
20 Reno 4/19/10 4/11/10   Central Wisconsin 9/20/10 6/13/10
21 Louisville 4/26/10 3/7/10   Central Ohio 9/27/10 6/27/10
22 Brevard 5/3/10 2/14/10   Westchester 10/11/10 7/11/10
23 Fort Myers 5/10/10 2/21/10   Salem 10/18/10 7/18/10
24 Shreveport 5/17/10 4/18/10   Alexandria 10/25/10 7/25/10
25 Lafayette, LA 5/17/10 4/18/10   Binghamton 11/1/10 8/1/2010
26 Opelousas 5/17/10 4/18/10   Elmira 11/1/10 8/1/2010
27 Monroe 5/17/10 4/18/10   Ithaca 11/1/10 8/1/2010
28              
29               
30  BUDGET 2011          
31 Site NEW Conversion Date Previous Tenative Date        
32  Baxter County 1/9/11 8/8/10        
33  Springfield 1/9/11 8/8/10        
34  Morristown 1/16/11 8/15/10        
35  Asheville 1/23/11 8/22/10        
36  Staunton 1/30/11 8/22/10        
37  Sioux Falls 2/6/11 8/29/10        
38  Tallahassee 2/13/11 9/12/10        
39  Hattiesburg 2/20/11 9/19/2010        
40  Jackson, MS 2/27/11 9/19/2010        
41  Fort Collins 3/6/11 9/26/10        
42  Great Falls 3/13/11 9/26/10        
43  Salisbury 3/20/11 10/3/2010        
44  St George 3/27/11 10/10/10        

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