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BookFWD™: Custom Book Printing

Minimize inventory and optimize sales

BookFWD is a unique production and supply chain solution that minimizes inventory costs, optimizes sales potential and frees up capital. It’s a strategic solution that focuses on Total Cost of Ownership, giving publishers the freedom to create tailored publishing programs with enhanced production efficiency, flexibility with print run decisions, inventory management, direct-to-customer distribution and much more.

Strategic partnership

Content is a publisher’s most valuable asset. Revenue maximization from content distribution requires a strategic approach to the content management.

New business models unveil multiple benefits to publishers including production efficiency, flexibility with print run decisions, inventory management, direct-to-customer distribution and much more.

A complicated nature of these new business models requires strategic partnership between the publisher and their print solutions provider that includes but not limited to:

  • Uncovering TCO and freeing up capital resources
  • Tailored and cost justified publishing programs
  • Streamlined order processing
  • Preferential pricing models
  • Inventory cost reduction by print-to-order demand
  • Revenue optimization to economically respond to inventory-outs and back-list sales.
  • Distribution models

The challenges you face …

Custom book printing challenges


Reduce your Total Cost of Ownership

Free up and redeploy your capital

Flexibility on making print run decisions

Breakthrough inventory and distribution model

Want to Talk?

Get in touch to see how BookFWD and other Webcom solutions can enhance your efficiency so you stay competitive in a changing market.

FAQs for BookFWD

What value does BookFWD Program bring my company?
  • Less excess inventory of printed books means capital investment savings
  • Having less capital tied up allows for reallocation of resources into new publishing programs
  • Improved responsiveness to sales opportunities (print-to-order) while minimizing inventory
  • Reduced book handling/labour costs
  • Reduced administration costs
  • Lower costs related to shrinkage, damage and obsolescence of inventory
  • Direct shipments
What do you mean by “Total Cost of Ownership” (TCO)?

For years, publishers have focused their attention on the unit cost of books – ordering a larger quantity at a lower unit cost has traditionally been an appealing decision. TCO shifts the focus to the cost of books sold by considering the capital costs and opportunity costs of the inventory, the warehouse overheads associated with moving and storing the inventory and the cost of unsold books. TCO analysis often points to significant savings in ordering fewer books, even at a higher unit price.

Total Cost of Ownership

How does TCO relate to BookFWD?

This approach to cost analysis is at the heart of our BookFWD program, which helps you reduce inventory costs, seize revenue opportunities and simplify business processes. BookFWD is a strategic relationship based on mutual commitment to business success.

How does Webcom help me assess TCO?

Webcom has created tools to analyze your historical production data and costs to quantify an alternative, cost-saving solution to ordering books and managing inventory. Webcom’s account representatives can discuss this process and bring in specialists to develop your new plan.

How will my data and costs be analyzed?

Product and cost analysis are done based on real data provided by publisher. Product analysis include format size, title series, title specifications (colour, paper, cover, etc.). Cost analysis cover inventory turnover, obsolescence, sales etc. From this, we are able to identify patterns and related areas to improve efficiency across product type or a whole title’s life cycle.

Data Analysis

How does Webcom’s technology support a title's entire lifecycle?

BookFWD functions across the life cycle of a title. As a result, digital inkjet printing plays a key role – in conjunction with offset – in delivering the most cost-effective solution based on quantity required.

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