Vendors under threat as Standard rethinks distribution

The familiar sight of Evening Standard vendors on London streets could become a rarity, as the newspaper looks at a radical overhaul of its distribution.

Insiders at the paper said that its owner, Associated Newspapers, is considering a "total reinvention" of the ways in which it is sold. One solution under review is the replacement of some vendors with New York-style newspaper vending boxes.

However, the Standard is also looking at ways of making vendors that remain on the streets a "more vibrant presence".

The Standard team, which faces an increasingly competitive market following the launch of the London freesheets, is also considering a significant increase in the number of bulk copies distributed free via airlines and other outlets.