Innovating Across The Supply Chain
Friday, January 18, 2019
Posted by: Brian O'Leary
In my third year in this role, I’ve learned it’s never too early to start planning an annual meeting. Today, we’re opening registration for our 2019 gathering, which will be held April 26 at the Harvard Club of New York City.
This year’s theme will be “Innovating Across The Supply Chain”, and we’ll feature panels, conversations, and keynotes that explore how the book industry is adapting as formats, channels, and partnerships evolve. Consistent with the past two years, you’ll hear from representatives of companies from across the supply chain, including publishers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, libraries, and industry service partners.
You’ll also get a first-hand look at the results of our year-end “State of the Supply Chain” survey. The most recent survey more than doubles the number of responses, and the industry spoke clearly about what it sees as priorities for 2019 (and beyond). We’ll be talking about ways to build supply-chain capacity, expand our ability to make more data-driven decisions, and more.
The annual meeting also give the industry an opportunity to celebrate some of the best aspects of working in our part of book publishing. We’ll continue our tradition of honoring members of our community with the Lifetime Service Award, the Industry Champion Award, and the Innovation Award. Look for more information about each of these honors in the coming weeks.
Through February 22, we’re happy to offer early-bird pricing to both members ($249) and non-members ($349). After February 22, rates go up $50 for both members and non-members. If you’re interested in securing a table for the annual meeting (and we hope you are), contact us. But don’t wait too long – the best seats go fast!
We’re also returning to a practice we started in 2018, hosting a “newcomers” or “first-timer” table in the center of the meeting room. If you’ve never been to a BISG annual meeting, join us with some of your new-to-the-event colleagues. You’ll meet our operations manager, Maya Fakundiny, and several new friends. It’s one of the ways BISG works best, and we look forward to having you join us.
Whether or not you’ve been to our annual meeting before, I encourage you to arrive a bit early. The breakfast, from 8:30 to 9:15, offers a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues from your committee, other committees, and elsewhere in the industry. Breakfast, breaks, and lunch offer some great face time for everyone who attends. The food’s not bad, either.
So, remember the early-bird deadline (February 22), get yourself a spot (or a table), and keep tuned in for more announcements about speakers and honorees. We are working to make this our best annual meeting yet, and we’re looking forward to your part in it.