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BISG not only has the Supply Chain Committee which identifies pain points in the supply chain in order to solve the problems, but also many other useful resource for those currently working in the Supply Chain.

Committees of Interest to the Supply Chain:

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Supply Chain Committee

Join the committee here (option for members only, if you'd like to join BISG please go here).   

BISG's Supply Chain Committee investigates and formulates new methods, or enhances existing methods, that increase the efficiency of book manufacturing and distribution processes. 

If you would like to get involved please contact Kim Graff at Kim@bisg.org

Supply Chain Committee Chair: Shayna Webb Dray, Kaplan Publishing

Supply Chain Committee Working Groups

Commerce Standards & Optimization Working Group, chaired by Ed Spade (Ingram)

Join the working group here (option for members only, if you'd like to join BISG please go here).  
The Commerce Standards & Optimization Working Group is currently being formed and will review, develop, and promote processes and best practices within the book supply chain across publishers, suppliers, trading partners, and retailers.

Product & Packaging Best Practices Working Group, chaired by Nanette Delumpa-Roach (Barnes & Nobles)

Join the working group here (option for members only, if you'd like to join BISG please go here).   

The Product & Packaging Best Practices Working Group is currently being formed and will begin by updating BISG's Guidelines for Shipping Container Labeling, and proceed to promote best practices for product materials, packaging and labeling.

 


 

BISG Resources for Supply Chain:

Transactional Standards

The effective use of e-commerce is at the heart of an efficient book supply chain. BISG promotes good practice through endorsement of best practices in the areas of X12 EDI, XBITS, EDItX document formats, and FTP file naming standards.

EDItX XML Documents and BISG Sales & Tax Reports

The EDItX XML document formats mirror and extend the functionality of existing X12, TRADACOMS and EDIFACT messages. Revised BISG Sales and Tax Reports (version 1.1) were published in December 2012. To view all EDItX Documents please go to this page. 

FTP File Naming Standard

The FTP File Naming Standard was developed to help book industry trading partners transmit and receive various files via FTP safely and efficiently.

The FTP File Naming Standard helps book industry trading partners transmit and receive various files via FTP safely and efficiently. This is accomplished by manipulating the name of the file to indicate file contents and state.

Download the PDF here

Radio Frequency Identification

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a technology that allows the identification of tagged items without a line of sight. It includes a tag, a reader and a computer system. There has been recent renewed interest in RFID tagging on the part of the book industry, for preventing illegal re-importation, loss prevention, and for managing inventory. Recognizing this growing interest, BISG's Manufacturing & Distribution Committee formed in late 2011 a Tag Insertion Standards Working Group to to establish and promulgate best practices for the insertion of tags at the point of manufacture for college textbooks and trade books. In April 2012, the Working Group viewed a presentation from GS1 on the current state of RFID technology and use. To review the RFID: A Status Report click here. (published July 7, 2009)

Recommended Best Practices for On Sale Date Compliance

Last update in September 2010, these best practices help to ensure the simultaneous availability of new releases to consumers from all consumer purchasing sources. 

Recommended Best Practices for On Sale Date Compliance was developed by the On Sale Date Task Force of the Distribution Executives Interest Group, known today as the Manufacturing & Distribution Committee. These best practices enable the simultaneous availability of new releases to consumers from all consumer purchasing sources, including online and bricks-and-mortar retailers. The objective of these best practices is to maintain a "level playing field" for all trading partners so as not to favor one consumer sales channel over another.

Click here to download a free copy of the PDF document. (Version 1.0, PDF, last updated September 2010.)

CLICK HERE to view slides from BISG's May 19, 2011 Webcast entitled Selling in a Digital World: Promoting An Even Playing Field With On Sale Date.

Standardized Template for Co-op Sales Reporting

Published in July 2012, this standardized template is intended to facilitate automated reporting of co-op eligible sales between wholesalers and publishers. 

The Standardized Template for Co-op Sales Reporting is a simplified and standardized set of data elements and recommended best practices to be used by wholesalers to report co-op sales to retailers and, in turn, to publishers. Through use of this template, publishers will gain efficiency in the processing of numerous co-op reports, resulting in a faster turnaround time back to the wholesalers and more accurate forecasting of co-op pools.

To Download the Template Please Click here. Published July 2012

XBITS

BISG contributes to the XBITS data standard through a cooperative relationship with papiNet.

XBITS (XML Book Industry Transaction Standards) is a working group under the BISG Manufacturing and Distribution Committee, as well as a working group of IDEAlliance that is designing and maintaining the standard XML (Extensible Markup Language) eDocuments to facilitate bi-directional electronic data exchanges between a diverse trading partners comprised of book publishers, manufacturers, paper mills, and component suppliers.

The XBITS electronic transaction standard is based upon the papiNet Standard which is open, free, and easy to adopt, providing common benefits to supply chain partners supporting both traditional and digital print manufacturing.

Please click here for documentation on the XBITS standards from the papiNet website

Guidelines for Pallet Header Labeling

Provides a succinct and uniform way for publishers to communicate to their customers the contents on each pallet.

BISG's Pallet Header Guidelines were developed by BISG's Distribution Executives Interest Group, known today as the Manufacturing & Distribution Committee. Used mostly by publishers who are unable to send pallet-level ASNs and customers unable to receive them, the Pallet Header should be considered an intermediary step for use until trading partners are capable of sending/receiving pallet level ASNs. These guidelines provide a succinct and uniform way for publishers to communicate to their customers the contents on each pallet.

Pallet Header Guideline (PDF) Download here. — Last updated March 2006

Guidelines for Shipping Container Labeling

Recommends standard practice to simplify the capture of data at all stages of shipping, warehousing and receiving and align the book industry with global trade. 

Guidelines for Shipping Container Labeling were developed by BISG's Distribution Executives Interest Group, known today as the Manufacturing & Distribution Committee. The guidelines recommend standard practice that simplifies the capture of data at all stages of shipping, warehousing and receiving.

CLICK HERE to download Guidelines for Shipping Container Labeling (PDF) — Last updated July 2008

Increase to the Price Add-On for the EAN Barcode

An increase in U.S.dollar price limit for the Bookland EAN Add-On barcode from $99.98 to $499.99 was approved during BISG's Annual Meeting in September 2004. This action was taken in recognition of an increasing number of titles priced over $100. The rules for price encoding resulting from this action are shown in the PDF document below.

CLICK HERE to download Increase to the Price Add-On for the EAN Barcode(PDF) — Last updated 2005

Barcode Suppliers & Barcoding Guidelines

The following suppliers will make sure your barcodes and labels are correctly formatted to BISG's Barcoding Guidelines for the U.S. Book Industry.

Click on a name for more information.

AaronGraphics
Brea, CA

Bar Code Graphics, Inc.
Boca Raton, FL; Chicago, FL; Los Angeles, CA

Film Masters
Wadsworth, OH

Product Identification & Processing Systems, Inc.
New York, NY; Richmond, VA

Swing Labels, LLC
Shirley, MA

Learn more about Barcoding Guidelines here

BISAC Codes

The BISAC Subject Headings List, also known as the BISAC Subject Codes List, is a standard used by many companies throughout the supply chain to categorize books based on topical content. The Subject Heading applied to a book can determine where the work is shelved in a brick and mortar store or the genre(s) under which it can be searched for in an internal database.

The complete BISAC Subject Headings List is available online at no cost for one-to-one look-up [you can view that here]. You may also request an End Users' License to download versions of the Subject Headings List in Excel, PDF and Word for unlimited use or for incorporation in your company's internal databases.

Audience Codes

Used to pinpoint the intended reader of a book. Click here to view more. 

EPUB 3 Support Grid

The EPUB 3 Support Grid was designed to be a handy reference to what enhancements and features of EPUB 3 render correctly on the most commonly used devices, apps, and reading systems. The Grid represents results of reading system tests conducted by industry experts representing leading publishers, service providers, and technology vendors through the auspices of BISG's Content Structure Committee. 

Through a partnership between BISG, the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), and the DAISY Consortium, the EPUBTest.org website was created as the new home of both the EPUB 3 Support Grid and the EPUB Testsuite, a set of EPUB 3.0 files designed to enable anyone to systematically test an e-book reading system's support of various EPUB 3.0 features. These files were used to generate the results in the new BISG EPUB 3 Support Grid.  

Go to the website here or here to find out more details about the history of the creation of the EPUB 3 Support Grid. 

ONIX 3.0 Implementation Grid

The BISG ONIX 3.0 Implementation Grid is intended to provide up-to-date information for ONIX data providers and recipients in the United States about their trading partners' status and plans for implementing ONIX 3.0, and to serve as an industry resource for anyone interested in tracking the U.S. market's migration from ONIX 2.1 to ONIX 3.0.

Click here to download the Grid.

Product Metadata Best Practices

Best Practices for Product Metadata provides detailed instructions on improving the accuracy of product data throughout the supply chain in order to increase efficiency between trading partners, and to make content more discoverable.

Click here to download the Product Metadata Best Practices.

The Development, Use, and Modification of Book Product Metadata

Success in the book publishing continues to rely extensively on the consistent preparation and use of product metadata. As digital products continue to grow and evolve, this is true now more than ever. 

Download the Development, Use, and Modification of Book Product Metadata here.

 


The complete BISAC Subject Headings List is available online at no cost for one-to-one look-up [you can view that here]. You may also request an End Users' License to download versions of the Subject Headings List in Excel, PDF and Word for unlimited use or for incorporation in your company's internal databases.

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