Upcoming Breakfasts

This page last updated 31st July 2018

September 2018 BIC BREAKFAST 
Think You Know about Book Industry Returns? Think Again.
Thursday 27th September 2018, 9-10:30am

Sponsored by:  Batch logo

The book Industry Returns Initiative (IRI) is a cross-industry standard designed to reduce the cost of returns processing. Most organisations in the book industry now understand and accept the need for overstock returns and agree that the industry-wide “Rule Book” which has been implemented in computer systems across the industry, has been responsible for huge cost reductions in returns administration. This automation of returns authorisation combined with Batch Returns and other communication mechanisms enables booksellers to request permission to return books and receive a rapid response based on product metadata as sales history. 

In June 2018, BIC published an extensive revision of the IRI Rule Book plus other accompanying documents including An Introduction to IRI for Booksellers, Distributors & Publishers and a document detailing the Benefits of IRI. Providing an update on the BIC IRI Review project and the lessons learnt, this BIC Breakfast will demystify IRI, detail the clarifications that have been made to the IRI Rule Book, explain the importance of the third message in facilitating the returns process, and demonstrate exactly what is meant by the 3-15 month returns window.

Our speakers will inform delegates about the importance of adopting IRI. We will hear from a representative from Penguin Random House on the importance of IRI to publishers and distributors; Jonathan King of Batch will provide an introduction to Batch Returns; and Vincent Bull of Waterstones and Alex Milne-White of Hungerford Bookshop will explain the benefits of IRI for retailers and end consumers alike. 

Further information about IRI, as well as access to all the documentation produced by the BIC IRI Review Task & Finish Working Group, can be found on the BIC website, here.

Who should attend?
This BIC Breakfast will be of interest to all publishers (traditional and independent), booksellers, distributors, data aggregators, systems vendors and many more.

Hosted by: 
Alaina-Marie Bassett, Business Manager, BIC

Our speakers will include:
Jonathan King, Batch
Vincent Bull, Waterstones
Alex Milne-White, Hungerford Bookshop

To register for your ticket to attend this BIC Breakfast, please click here.
Tickets for this event are FREE for BIC Members but there is a nominal fee for non-members. 

Spaces are limited at all BIC Breakfasts and are allocated on a first-to-register basis. Please do not sign up for this event unless you intend to attend on the day.



If for any reason you are unable to attend a BIC Breakfast in person (or if you find the session to be sold-out), please be aware that it is now possible to watch our BIC Breakfasts via Twitter. Simply go to @BIC1UK, look out for a tweet from our account (which will be sent at approximately 9:25am on the date of the event) and click on the link provided in this tweet which will redirect you to Periscope to watch the event live (online)!

Also, if you are not able to attend but have a question for one of our speakers then do get in touch. Either tweet at @BIC1UK (before or during the event) or contact info@bic.org.uk (prior to the event) to have your question put to our speakers.

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Please read the full Sponsorship Package proposal here.

If your organisation is interested in contributing ideas for a future BIC Breakfast or would like to sponsor one, please do get in touch with Alaina-Marie Bassett, BIC's Business Manager, on: info@bic.org.uk or give her a call: +44(0) 20 7255 0513.



Batch logo

Batch is the secure electronic payments and information system that was specifically designed by The Booksellers Association of the UK and Ireland (BA) to save booksellers time and money. 

Users can see all their invoices, credit and delivery notes online and print copies as needed. They can also make claims online, creating a permanent record that is visible to retailers and their suppliers. Batch can provide free EDI feeds for integration into stock control systems and other accounts packages. 

Batch Returns takes the strain out of the process. Instead of waiting for a publisher’s rep to authorise returns, booksellers send a list electronically and get an answer within hours. The returns messages, just like everything that Batch does, can be provided in different electronic formats. All our services are free to BA members.