Cambridge University Press and Ingram Content Group today announced that Cambridge’s North American branch has entered into a long-term logistics management agreement with Ingram Publisher Services.
Under the agreement, Ingram will manage all warehousing and physical fulfillment of Cambridge University Press’s entire U.S. inventory from its distribution center in Tennessee. Cambridge will continue to provide all order processing and customer service from its operations in New York. The agreement is effective June 1, 2012.
Commenting on the agreement, Ian Bradie, Cambridge University Press’s Distribution Director said: “We look forward to this new working relationship as Ingram has the technology, systems, and logistics experience that will enable our customers to continue to experience the efficient and accurate delivery of our key products.”
As a result of the agreement, Cambridge expects to realize significant cost savings and increased flexibility to manage the continuing migration from physical to digital distribution of content. Further benefits will be achieved by having physical distribution located adjacent to Lightning Source, Ingram’s print-on-demand facility, which currently manufactures titles for the publisher. The new model will allow Cambridge to focus on its core business as a leading publisher of academic books, textbooks, reference materials, electronic publishing, ESL materials, and over 300 academic journals.
“By using Ingram’s full range of publisher solutions – physical and digital distribution, inventory management and printing to create a new U.S. model, Cambridge can focus time and resources on the best content for today’s dynamic market,” said David “Skip” Prichard, President and CEO, Ingram Content Group Inc. “Ingram is pleased to have a key role in Cambridge’s future.”
Peter Phillips, Cambridge University Press’s Chief Operating Officer said: “Publishing is undergoing its most profound period of transformation since our organization was founded four centuries ago. Our agreement with Ingram represents a key step in our own evolution as more and more of the content we provide moves from a physical to a digital format.”