Physical Supply Chain Committee

Page last updated 15/06/2022


Mission Statement
The aim of the BIC Physical Supply Chain Committee is to gather together senior strategic representatives from across the publishing and bookselling industry to steer BIC's work in the physical supply chain and ensure that printed books and their associated workflows continue to have a strong industry voice.

This committee agrees it is in the book industry’s interest to establish a leaner, more efficient, innovative and collaborative physical supply chain to save costs, reduce waste ,and improve information exchange and customer service.

In order to best serve the interests of the book industry in this way, and to be able to adapt to the rapidly changing expectations of its customers, the committee will support, evolve & enhance standards and best practice for the UK supply chain always with an international view and will engage with other BIC Committees and industry organisations including the Publishers Green Network (or equivalent) where appropriate.

The committee firmly supports the creating and selling of printed books. 

Meeting notes: Notes from the most recent meeting (and all meetings prior) are available on request (to BIC members only) via

Physical Supply Chain Committee Terms of Reference

Member Organisation
Vivienne Clay HarperCollins Publishers
Martyn Clements Ingram Lightning Source UK
Vicky Ellis Clays
Caroline Gorham Canongate Books Ltd
Meryl Halls The Booksellers Association
Matthew Hogg Macmillan Distribution (MDL)
Colin James Penguin Random House
Sue Kelly Publiship
Cameron Macaulay CPI Books
Andrew MacBeth Waterstones
Simon Pallant Gardners
Chris Saynor EDItEUR
Ankit Shah Amazon
Jo Shaw Nielsen Book
Fraser Tanner (Chair) Batch
Karina Urquhart BIC
Kimberly Wiley Emerald Publishing
Matt Wright Hachette Distribution UK

Three Committee Meetings Per Year: March, July, November.

BIC members interested in joining the BIC Physical Supply Chain Committee should complete the application form here and send to
Please note, the opportunity to sit on any BIC Committee or Group is reserved solely for BIC members. 

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Review Groups

BIC Realtime Review Group

Industry Returns Initiative (IRI) Review Group

Weights & Dimensions Review Group


Active Task & Finish Working Groups

Ordering Best Practice Task & Finish Working Group

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Price & Availability Task & Finish Working Group

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Task & Finish Working Groups which are on hold

Print on Demand & Short Run Task & Finish Working Group 

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Online Clinics 

Technical Implementation Clinic (Trade)

For BIC members only. This clinic now operates as an online forum for resolving technical issues with regards to ONIX, TRADACOMS, EDI, BIC Realtime etc. Please contact if you would like to get involved. 

BIC Technical Implementation Clinic Terms of Reference

To find out more, please visit the BIC Technical Advisories webpage, here

Completed Task & Finish Working Groups (Projects)

BIC Realtime APIs / Web Services Task & Finish Working Group

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Industry Returns Initiative (IRI) Review Task & Finish Working Group

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Physical Supply Chain Map Task & Finish Working Group

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Standard Address Number (SAN) / GLN Task & Finish Working Group

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Supply Chain Excellence Award (SCEA) Accreditation Scheme Review Task & Finish Working Group

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Weights & Dimensions Task & Finish Working Group

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