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Ingram to Handle All Elements of Springerís U.S. Distribution
Starting in 1Q 2011, Ingram Content Group will fully manage warehousing, fulfillment, and print on demand for Springer using a new model. Ingram will hold Springer’s entire U.S. inventory and, as it sells down, Ingram will transition titles to print on demand when it makes economic sense. All fulfillment will come through Ingram.
“Working with Ingram is part of our continued and ambitious move to focusing on what we do best: providing high quality information for the scientific, medical, and professional communities. This agreement allows us to better serve our users and readers by combining physical and digital book distribution, thereby shortening the time to market,” said Eric Schmitt, executive vice president of customer service, fulfillment, logistics at Springer.
As the need to invest in the future of content in its many forms becomes increasingly important, publishers are facing resource decisions unlike any before. They are exploring new ways to operate and shift investments once used for the cost of warehousing and returns to developing the most innovative content. By strategically combining traditional print publishing with virtual inventory and print on demand, Springer can concentrate its energy and resources on the future success of its company while assuring its authors and readers that its high-quality content will always be widely available, also in print.
“At Ingram, we are reinventing the traditional publishing business model with forward-thinking publishers like Springer,” said David “Skip” Prichard, president & CEO, Ingram Content Group. “Ingram has continued to invest in the newest print-on-demand technologies, physical and digital distribution and worldwide market reach, so publishers can focus their attention on content creation, the foundation of their business.”
Prichard continued, “We look forward to working with Springer on the development of an integrated distribution model and helping their content reach more readers in more formats.”
Source: Ingram Content Group
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