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BISG in 2019: Building Supply-Chain Capacity

Monday, January 7, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brian O'Leary

Welcome to 2019! For the coming year, the Book Industry Study Group has developed a calendar that will foster the kinds of conversations we feel will build supply-chain capacity now and into the future. This week, we’re providing an overview, and you’ll continue to hear more as we move ahead on topics that include technology, workflows, and the skill sets we need to compete as an industry.

The last two years, we’ve used webinars, in-person programs, and full-day events to create a dialogue around a wide range of topics. These conversations have touched upon industry issues like the evolution of delivery, U.S. implementation of ONIX 3.0, the business of returns, the care and feeding of libraries, and publishing applications of blockchain technology, among others.

In 2019, we’ve decided to address issues related to supply-chain capacity, including workflows across the industry, forecasting, working in an environment of limited paper and printing availability, and evolving requirements for staff skills and experiences. The calendar for the year is now available online at the BISG web site, with the full plan for all events laid out through December 2019.

Beyond the continuing, robust content plan, we are reorganizing our committee work to support discussions of supply-chain capacity. The changes include the creation of a workflow committee, whose charter will be reviewed by the BISG Board later this month, and an update to the charter for our long-standing metadata committee, which will expand its focus to more regularly address marketing applications of title metadata.

More information about these changes will be made available later this month, but in both cases, we’re organizing our resources to better meet market requirements. BISG is uniquely positioned to help improve how work gets done across the supply chain, and recent events demonstrate that the industry is currently challenged to plan, print, and distribute books in an era of limited capacity.

With metadata, BISG is well-known for its work to implement standards like ONIX for Books. But, the growth of online sales, now thought to represent half or more of the market for many publishers, has elevated the importance of metadata as a primary tool for marketing and selling books. As we compete against other media, identifying and implementing best practices in this area can grow, not just an individual publisher, but for the industry as a whole.

A highlight for 2019 will be BISG’s annual meeting, scheduled for April 26 at the Harvard Club in New York. Our theme for the meeting, “Innovation Across The Supply Chain”, will be informed by the results of our recent “State of the Supply Chain” survey. We received more than twice as many submissions this year, a response that says a lot about the industry’s growing interest in supply-chain issues.

As we move ahead, we also welcome your ideas and participation. Consider joining one or more of our committees. Put yourself forward to be considered as a participant in our events. Or, send us a note with your thoughts about what we should be doing. BISG is the industry’s organization, and you help make our work the rising tide that lifts many boats.


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