A big return to selling for The Big Issue vendors

22 June 2020 Magazine

A big return to selling for The Big Issue vendors

Iconic Australian magazine The Big Issue will welcome back its vendors to street selling next week, following a three month hiatus due to the COVID-19 crisis. From next Monday 29 June, vendors will once again don their fluoro vests and head out to street corners all over Australia to proudly sell the much-loved magazine.

The Big Issue CEO Steven Persson said the return marks an exciting and much-anticipated day for vendors and loyal Big Issue readers alike.

“We are so pleased to be welcoming our vendors back to street selling - our vendors have been sorely missed over the past few months and we know how much they’re looking forward to getting back to work and seeing their regular customers,” Mr Persson said.

“It has been a very challenging period for those living on the margins, with the inability to work and earn an income having a big impact on some of the most disadvantaged in our community.

“We have received an overwhelming amount of support over the past few months, and we know The Big Issue community will continue this meaningful support by purchasing a copy from their local vendor.

“Every magazine sold represents countless opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and disadvantage to earn an income and connect with their community.”

The return to street selling will see a number of new COVID-safe measures put in place to ensure the health and wellbeing of vendors, customers and the broader community. Having undergone COVID-19 safety training, vendors will be equipped with digital payment devices, magazine display boxes, hand sanitiser and social distancing signage.

Magazines will be available for purchase for $9 from vendors starting this Monday 29 June with cash, card or Beem It payments accepted. The ‘Welcome Back’ edition features stories about our vendors’ personal experiences during the COVID-19 crisis, interviews with Spike Lee and author Rutger Bregman and a Letter To My Younger Self by Olympian Lisa Curry.

This month also marks the 24th birthday of The Big Issue magazine. Since beginning on the steps of Flinders Street Station more than 13 million copies of the magazine have been sold, putting more than $31 million into vendors’ pockets.

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