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BIGNY, BISG Partner on Supply-Chain Capacity Conversation

Sunday, March 31, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brian O'Leary

[After this post was written and published, the organizers (including BISG) elected to postpone the first meeting to May 13. We had not given in-house counsel adequate time to review the meeting content and those participating. We always want to do this right, so we are delaying the discussion to allow for all the necessary preparation and review.]

The Book Industry Guild of New York, a member-operated professional organization composed of individuals from every aspect of the book publishing and book manufacturing industries, and the Book Industry Study Group are partnering to host a conversation on April 4 about options to increase supply-chain capacity for the book industry.

In the fourth quarter of 2018, a range of publishers, distributors, manufacturers, and retailers reportedly struggled with late, partial, and unavailable stock. Without harder data and a clearer sense of the impact of various marketplace and operating issues, the capacity constraints may persist in 2019 and beyond.

The Book Industry Study Group and the Book Industry Guild of New York are working together to evaluate whether industry experience in 2018 is an anomaly. At this first meeting, participants will explore options that the supply chain as a whole may consider to avoid or reduce the impact of similar problems in the future.

The meeting will take place from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Penguin Random House's New York offices. The agenda includes discussion of a draft "problem statement" developed in advance of the meeting, continued discussion over lunch, brainstorming ideas to help increase capacity and reduce friction across the supply chain, and time to identify next steps for the effort.

Those invited to join the discussion include representatives of the publisher, manufacturing, and retail segments. BISG counsel will also participate to help participants follow all antitrust guidelines. Seats remain available for anyone interested in this discussion. Registration (through the BISG web site) will remain open until April 3.

Established in 1925, the Book Industry Guild of New York is a book publishing, manufacturing, and sales trade organization composed of professionals throughout the industry. The Guild holds monthly educational and networking meetings on current topics in book publishing, manufacturing, and sales.

The Guild also sponsors charitable events to promote literacy in New York City and beyond. It holds educational trips and seminars for people new to the industry, and it organizes an annual Book Show, where the best in book design and manufacturing are celebrated.

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) works to create a more informed, empowered and efficient book industry. Our broad membership includes trade, education, professional and scholarly publishers, as well as distributors, wholesalers, retailers, manufacturers, service providers and libraries.

Within BISG, representatives of member companies rely on our committee structure as a way to discuss and resolve pain points in the book publishing supply chain. The work of our six standing committees is augmented by working groups that use a structured, collaborative approach to address emerging issues.

In partnership with other industry associations, BISG maintains and implements standardized best practices. BISG also develops and shares leading-edge research and information and creates education and events that help our membership and the industry better understand market trends and issues.

The April 4 event has been organized jointly by Andy Hughes (Knopf), Martha Hanson (Simon & Schuster), and Janet McCarthy (Lindenmeyr), as well as Brian O'Leary (BISG). Those with questions about the effort are invited to contact any organizer ahead of or after the April 4 meeting.


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