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Change Your Perspective

There are unprecedented opportunities to learn about new effective production + logistics models that help book publishers mitigate risk and thrive in a dynamic marketplace. Join the conversation on options for inventory cost reduction and revenue optimization.

Traditional Inventory Model

Based on economies of scale

  • High inventory risks due to uncertainty of demand, competing e-book sales, supply chain disruptions
  • Print-to-inventory based on historical sales data
  • High capital investments are tied up in physical book inventory
  • Focus on unit cost of books ordered
  • Long runs for 6+ months of inventory; apply economies of scale to long print runs to fill the shelves in stores
  • Focus primarily on Offset printing for longer run unit savings
  • End-of-life titles often out of print
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Just In Time Inventory Model

Responds to real-time and growth of digital content

  • Lower inventory mitigates risk of excess inventory by printing for known market needs
  • Print-to-Order with focus on “just in time,” micro-inventory model, limited or no warehousing
  • Capital freed up to be strategically deployed
  • Focus shifts to cost of books sold
  • Shorter, more frequently cost efficient print runs to meet known demand and minimize inventory costs and risks
  • Balance Offset and Digital Inkjet strengths over the title life with one trusted vendor
  • Revive backlists, retain rights and keep publishing assets earning sales

What’s next? Time to think broader!
Discover what other publishers are doing to maximize profitability

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