Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Wednesday 17 September 2014

ABOUT US

TheMoodieReport.com is published by independent company Moodie International, now one of the UK’s most successful multi-media business-to-business publishers and information providers.

The website was launched in March 2003 and quickly became established as an indispensable source of reliable and real-time business intelligence on the global travel retail sector. It now regularly attracts over 260,000 page views a month.

The Moodie Report.com grew out of The Moodie Report, a weekly e-Newsletter and PDF for the travel retail industry launched in September 2002 (subsequently relaunched as the sector's first e-Zine in late 2011).

The Moodie Report effectively challenged – and reinvented – the whole trade press model, winning widespread industry recognition for its no-nonsense, easy-to-read format, style and content, mercifully free of the usual industry speculation, spin and barely disguised advertorial.

The html-linked e-Newsletter (called 'Editor's Choice' and published every Wednesday) and pioneering e-Zine (Thursday) are now sent to over 7,500 readers each week (a list that is regularly updated) making them easily the best-read media in the travel retail marketplace, as well as the most respected and trusted.

In October 2003 our brand was extended to The Moodie Report Print Edition. Published in a unique user-friendly concise size that is handy for travel, briefcase or handbag, it was an immediate critical and commercial success and is now a clear leader on a like-for-like issue basis in advertising terms.

Unlike other trade publications, it avoids the semi-advertorial 'product feature' driven approach and focuses instead on in-depth analysis of the industry and of the drivers underpinning the business – such as currency and tourism trends. From 2007 the quarterly frequency was extended to six times a year, bolstered by key supplements – including The Moodie Report Category Insight and dedicated retailer and airport publications.

In October 2007 we launched The Moodie Report Digital Print Edition, using award-winning ‘Olive’ software that provides readers anywhere, anytime access to current and back issues. It enhances the user experience through multimedia and a variety of viewing options, as well as allowing search capabilities of all articles, advertisements and images across the entire Print Edition.

Unlike any rivals using similar technology for their paid subscribers, The Moodie Report Digital Print Edition is sent by hyperlink to the entire readership of The Moodie Report newsletter and e-Zine – free of charge.

As an organisation we continue to invest heavily in innovative digital media, including The Moodie Podcast, The Moodie Blog, The Moodie Forum, The Moodie App, The Moodie Twitter feed and a popular new service called The Moodie View that allows us to show film clips and video online.

ABOUT THE TEAM

Martin Moodie founded Moodie International in early 2002, after nearly a decade and a half at Raven Fox, publisher of the prominent print publication, Duty-Free News International (DFNI). From 1996 to January 2002 he was Managing Director there, having been Group Editor until the company was acquired by Euromoney in 1995.

The company conceived, owns and organises the airport commercial revenue sector's most acclaimed conference, The Trinity Forum, first held in June 2003. Excitingly, in 2007 the Forum became a joint venture with Airports Council International (ACI) World (and from 2013 also with ACI Asia-Pacific).

Moodie International also co-moderates the programme at the annual Middle East & Africa Duty Free Association (MEADFA) conference.

The Moodie Report.com editorial team is headed by Founder & Chairman Martin Moodie, plus Deputy Chairman and Executive Director Dermot Davitt. Dermot joined the team in April 2006 after a long and successful editorial and management career at Raven Fox, where at one point he worked as DFNI Editor under Martin Moodie. An astute commentator, editor and reporter, he is also an adroit conference moderator. He is charged with developing the company's fast-expanding print division.

Another ex-Raven Fox manager, Bob Wilby, takes charge of all administrative matters in his key role as Executive Director - Chief Operating Officer, ensuring that all issues to do with readership, circulation, and general operational matters are dealt with quickly and efficiently. Quality customer service is integral to Moodie International's approach and to Bob's role.

Executive Director Editorial Rebecca Mann is a vastly experienced and talented journalist, whose knowledge of the key fragrances and cosmetics sector is second to none among industry reporters. She was formerly Managing Editor of DFNIand is fluent in French and – when required – Welsh.

Our Director - Digital Media & Innovation is Matt Willey, formerly Editor and Content Manager at SPG Media, where he was responsible for the editorial content and budgets of six independent publications, eight websites and the speaker commissioning for two exhibition forums per year. At SPG he edited Future Airport for four years.

In August 2007, the company opened an Asia Pacific office based in Singapore. It is headed by highly talented Asia Bureau Chief Melody Ng.

Soon afterwards the company continued its regional expansion by hiring one of the most experienced and respected journalists in the travel retail sector, Peter Dowling, based in Auckland, New Zealand, as Senior Editor: Asia Pacific, Latin America.

Following the company's rapid expansion, Jon Elphick was appointed Production Editor in December 2003. He was formerly Chief Sub-Editor at DFNI, where he earned a formidable reputation for accuracy and punctuality concerning all editorial production matters. He is supported by the superb design skills of freelancer Ray Heath.

The Moodie Report’s complex web programming and other technical services are in the expert hands of Dilantha Fernando, based in Brisbane, Australia.

In 2004 the team gained the services of one of the industry's top advertising executives, Mandy Sime as Commercial Director. Mandy Sime (formerly Cohen and Shine) has extensive trade media experience and worked with Martin Moodie at Raven Fox (running contract publishing division Raven Fox Cohen) and was later Managing Director of our respected rival Travel Retail Business.

In April 2005 she was joined by Advertising Development Director Claire Wates, an outstanding sales executive from Raven Fox, and another former colleague of Martin Moodie's. And in 2007 the commercial team was strengthened even further when long-time Frontier magazine (and Awards) Associate Publisher Sarah Genest joined the team as Advertisement & Events Development Director, and in mid-2013 was promoted to Vice President Sales & Events.

In early 2007 Moodie International Ltd acquired the rights to The Airport Retail Study, the acclaimed airport commercial revenues benchmarking study written by Ivo Favotto, formerly of URS Corporation. It is now published annually as The Airport Commercial Revenues Study in association with The S-A-P Group and is driven by Victoria Bowskill, appointed as Research Manager in 2012.

In 2011 Moodie International Ltd weclomed outside investment in the form of the Wampler Family Trust to help the company deliver its ambitious growth targets. Jaclyn Wampler stepped into the role of President of newly created Moodie International SA in Switzerland. Moodie International remains in family hands, underpinned by an independent spirit, a long-term view of the market and a determination to give back to the industry and to society.

2011 also saw the company launch two major new innovations, The Foodie Report (dedicated to travel-related, revenue-generating food & beverage, and The Moodie Report China, travel retail's first Mandarin/English title.

The Moodie Report is committed to providing quality business intelligence in a fast and flexible format. In a global industry, we believe information needs to be conveyed quickly, accurately and in a no-nonsense style. We put a huge premium on speed and integrity of information, coupled with the best distribution in the market.

Please contact us with your comments, company notices, news and views - or if you would like to register for our weekly e-Newsletter, simply e-mail Sinead Moodie at the address below.

+44 (0) 20 8231 7200 (Switchboard)
+44 (0) 20 8231 7201 (Editorial)
+44 (0) 7905 070644 (Advertising)
Fax: +44 (0) 20 8231 7220

Editorial e-mail: Martin@TheMoodieReport.com
General e-mail: Bob.Wilby@TheMoodieReport.com
Free subscription e-mail: Sinead.Moodie@TheMoodieReport.com

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