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Daily Post enters delivery partnership

Delivery of the Gwinnett Daily Post, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen has been outsourced to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it was announced Wednesday.

Triple Crown Media Inc., owner of the Post and Citizen newspapers, and the AJC have entered into an agreement that integrates delivery of their print products into one system with one set of carriers.

"Like every company operating in this difficult economic environment we are continually exploring strategies to reduce costs while improving services for our readers and advertisers. We think the strategic partnership with the AJC will help us achieve both of these goals," said Mike Gebhart, executive vice president for TCM.

"This is a great opportunity for the AJC and TCM," said Bob Eickhoff, Senior Vice President of Operations for the AJC. "This partnership allows the AJC to continue to leverage its existing distribution channels in a way that benefits both companies and better serve customers."

The AJC will pick up the newspapers at the Daily Post offices in Lawrenceville where the Post and Citizens are printed and transport them to distribution points for AJC carriers.

"Carriers for both of our newspapers have been traveling the same routes every day. It just makes sense to use one delivery force," said J.K. Murphy, publisher of the Post.

The Gwinnett Daily Post delivers to 61,000 households daily and 104,000 Sunday in Gwinnett, Barrow, Jackson and Hall counties. The Rockdale Citizen has a circulation of 6,000 in Rockdale and Henry counties and the Newton Citizen has a circulation of 4,000 in Newton, Jasper and Walton counties.

The three-year agreement calls for the AJC to take over delivery of the Post and Citizens on March 30.

The transition was designed to be transparent to Daily Post and Citizen customers. The agreement does not affect delivery locations, dates or times and the Post will continue to maintain a customer service department for subscribers.