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logistics SERVICES DEFINED

How does it work? We integrate print-on-demand into the supply chain to create a more efficient and less expensive inventory model. Out-of-stocks and backorders disappear, and your sales grow.

 

  • Ingram provides warehouse, pick and pack services
  • Publisher sends orders to Ingram via EDI
  • If books are not in stock, they can be printed on demand
  • POD and physical books are combined and shipped together to publisher’s customer
  • Publisher maintains billing, collection & customer service
  • Stock is consigned but available for Ingram wholesale customers

 

TARGETED LOGISTICS

 

Move segments of your business to Ingram:

  • Low volume titles of existing inventory (“long tail”)
  • Replace with print-on-demand when existing stock is depleted
  • Ship to specific accounts and/or markets
  • Small quantity shipments

 

Objectives:

  • Maintain your current efficiencies where they exist. (i.e., customer service, billing and collection)
  • Move from a fixed cost toward a variable cost environment
  • Capitalize on Ingram’s extensive capabilities and expertise

 

TOTAL LOGISTICS

 

Move all distribution to Ingram:

  • Starting point can consist of existing inventory only or a combination of existing inventory and titles set up for print-on-demand, with the ability to transition more titles to print-on-demand when existing stock is depleted
  • Pick, pack and ship to all customers in all markets

 

Objectives:

  • Maintain current efficiencies where they exist. (i.e., customer service, billing and collection)
  • Capitalize on Ingram’s extensive capabilities and expertise
  • Completely eliminates publisher’s need for own physical warehouse

 

TOTAL INVENTORY MANAGEMENT

 

Through the use of real-time consumer demand, retail inventory requirements and demand forecasting, this model enables select publishers to boldly shift from a traditional inventory and capital intensive business model to an on-demand program that selects the most timely and cost effective method to print and distribute books, allowing consumers full and immediate access to all of your content, increase  title and channel availability, substantially reduce inventory, free up resources to invest in content development and increase revision speed, keeping the most relevant content available in the market.