MVB US Launches Rebuilt Pubnet Platform for Publishers & Booksellers
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Posted by: Brian O'Leary
After a full year of development, BISG member MVB US went live with the new Pubnet platform on September 5 with the first wave of early migration customers.
“The new Pubnet represents a major investment in publishing industry infrastructure at a time when it is sorely needed” said Ted Hill, CEO of MVB US. “As the industry struggles with a shifting retail landscape, MVB is supporting the low-cost and efficient commerce between booksellers and their suppliers that is vital to the health of our industry.”
Over the past 20 years, Pubnet has established itself as the North American book trade’s EDI community, enabling efficient electronic ordering between publishers and booksellers through a single, secure network using a standard set of documents. Now, the fully-rebuilt platform has been enhanced with significant new features and improvements including a streamlined modern interface, better search and document management, and strengthened security.
To reduce the possibility of disruption, MVB has chosen a phased migration approach that began on September 5 and will continue until December 4, 2018, with additional improvements to be rolled out throughout the coming year. To date, more than 40 publishers, distributors, retailers, and point of sale (POS) providers are participating in testing. All Pubnet vendors are strongly encouraged to take advantage of early migration before the hard cutover to the new system on December 4, 2018.
“The new Pubnet isn’t just a system replacement,” said Hill, whose affiliation with BISG includes extensive service on the Board of Directors as well as several committees. “It’s being fully modernized into an agile platform that will be used as the foundation for a range of services.”
“We see great potential for offering superior publishing services on a global scale” said Ronald Schild, CEO of MVB GmbH, the German parent company of MVB US. “Last year, MVB successfully launched Metabooks, the first books-in-print service in Brazil, and we are already engaged in a pilot program to bring EDI trading to the Brazilian market using the new Pubnet platform.”
Pubnet was originally created by the Association of American Publishers to bring electronic ordering to the college bookstore market. Pubnet was later purchased by Bowker in 2002, and then sold to Nielsen (now NPD Bookscan) in 2013. In July of last year, Pubnet (and its related service PubEasy) was purchased by MVB as a result of the sale of Nielsen’s U.S. book-related market information and research services to The NPD group.
MVB US is the leading commerce services provider to the North American book trade, connecting titles from more than 4,500 publishers and their imprints with over 5,000 retailers worldwide. In addition to Pubnet, MVB US also owns and operates PubEasy, a web-based platform that puts vital customer service information from leading publishers and distributors directly into the hands of booksellers around the world. MVB US is wholly-owned and operated by MVB GmbH.
MVB GmbH is the leading service provider to the German language book trade. As a subsidiary of Börsenverein, the German Publisher and Bookseller Association, the company acts as both a supply chain specialist as well as a trade publisher. One of its main products is VLB, the German books in print database. With more than two million products from more than 21,000 publishers VLB is the backbone of the German book trade. Booksellers in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland rely on VLB to manage their catalogs and online storefronts.
For more information on PubNet, PubEasy, MVB US, or MVB GmbH, contact Ted Hill.