Previous BIC Brunches 2020-2021

Page last updated 23rd October 2020

 

GREEN BIC BRUNCH, OCTOBER 2020 
The Environmental Impact of
Distribution & Freight
Thursday 22nd October 2020, 12-1pm (BST)  
Online / Webinar
#greenbicbrunch

This event was kindly sponsored by: 

Introuction
Getting physical books into the hands of the customer, is a critical piece of our industry’s operation. After the care and attention further upstream in the book creation and production processes, ensuring books are shipped, delivered on time and to the right place is crucial to a successful supply chain and ultimately a healthy book industry. What can the book industry do to ensure its carbon emissions, and other environmental factors with regards to this distribution, are kept to a minimum without adversely affecting operational performance and customer care?

This Green BIC Brunch explores the book industry’s environmental impact with regards to distribution and freight processes (including warehousing, transportation and deliveries). With speakers from Penguin Random House, LoadHog, United Independent Distributors and Publiship, you'll hear about what (if anything) we can do as an industry to reduce that impact.

This Green BIC Brunch will be of interest to all book industry organisations but will be especially relevant to publishers, distributors, shippers and booksellers who have a desire to improve the environment by making their supply chains greener.

The Presenter: Karina Urquhart, Executive Director, BIC

The Speakers: Susan Matthews, Project Manager, LoadHog; Ken Rhodes, Chief Executive Officer, United Independent Distributors; Neil Springall, Head of Operations, Penguin Random House UK; and Dave Thompson, Group Sales & Development Director, Publiship.

Green BIC Brunch Presentation Slideshow - Impact of Distribution & Freight

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BIC BRUNCH, SEPTEMBER 2020
Maximising Online Discovery
Wednesday 9th September 2020, 12-1pm (BST)
Online / Webinar
#bicbrunch

This event was kindly sponsored by: 

Overview
BIC Brunches are a brand new series of live webinars which have been created for BIC members and non-members to attend during their lunchbreak to discuss book industry supply chain topics (including issues, successes and challenges). Each BIC Brunch session is dedicated to one key area of the supply chain, offering attendees a unique opportunity to gather knowledge about that topic from experts in the field.

Introduction 
Online discovery is vital for sales. Ensuring your products are discoverable by consumers is essential to securing sales; and metadata is one of the key factors – if not the key factor - to achieving this.

This BIC Brunch session is a masterclass in improving your metadata for online discovery. With speakers from Nielsen Book, Ingram Content Group and The Paperback Shop, you will hear about:

  • Consumer trends during the coronavirus pandemic;
  • The role of online discovery and the importance of data;
  • Audiobook and eBook data and discoverability;
  • And the utilisation of keywords to enhance the SEO of products.

This BIC Brunch will be of interest to all book industry organisations that want to improve their catalogues’ discoverability and sales through metadata optimisation. The event will be especially relevant to publishers, booksellers, data aggregators and systems providers.

The Presenter: Karina Urquhart, Executive Director, BIC

Our Speakers: Clive Herbert, Head of Professional Services, Nielsen Book; Ruth Jones, Director Global Sales, Digital Services, Ingram Content Group; Jo Shaw, Sales Director of Book Discovery & Commerce Solutions, Nielsen Book; and Caroline Summers, Sales Director, The Paperback Shop.

BIC Brunch Presentation Slideshow - Maximising Online Discovery

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GREEN BIC BRUNCH, AUGUST 2020 
Our Green Legacy: How to Reduce Waste for a more Environmentally-Friendly Supply Chain
Thursday 20th August 2020, 12-1pm (BST)
Online / Webinar
#greenbicbrunch

This event was kindly sponsored by: 

Overview
BIC is the dedicated book industry supply chain organisation in the UK and as such, the environment is naturally high on our priorities for 2020 and beyond. In June 2020, to uphold the BIC Green Promise, we launched our Green BIC Brunch series that aims specifically to explore key areas of the book supply chain that can and do impact on our planet’s environmental health. Each Green BIC Brunch is dedicated to one key area while the series as a whole is intended to join the book industry supply chain together in one place – exploring and inspiring change in response to environmental challenges. 

Our June 2020 session – which took a close look at the materials used to create a printed book – can be watched in full, online. See the event, below, for more information.  

Information about all of our scheduled forthcoming green sessions can be found, here

Introduction 
Book production and distribution can be a bit of a balancing act for those within our industry. While consumers want top-quality products that arrive direct to their doors in excellent condition (and at a reasonable price), they are now showing more and more interest in organisations’ green agendas with a view to establishing if the book industry is playing its part in reducing waste. 

Consumers want assurances that organisations are cleaning up their acts and placing their green objectives at the top of their lists; and this is precisely what organisations have been striving to do in recent years.

This Green BIC Brunch – the second in our series – provides an overview of the ways in which the book industry is reducing material waste, and helping its supply chain become as environmentally-friendly as possible. With speakers from Pearson UK, Gardner's and Waterstones, we discuss how Print on Demand (POD) can help to reduce needless warehousing and transportation of huge quantities of books; investigate the use and re-use of packaging within book distribution; and explore the ways in which booksellers and retailers can reduce the waste both within their businesses and for their customers.

This Green BIC Brunch will be of interest to all book industry organisations but will be especially relevant to publishers, booksellers, distributors and printers who have a desire to improve the environment by making their supply chains greener.   

The Presenter: Karina Urquhart, Executive Director, BIC

Our Speakers: Manos Kapterian, COO/SVP Operations, International Markets, Pearson; Nigel Wyman, Sales & Marketing Director, Gardner's;  and Kate McHale, Campaign Manager, Waterstones.

Green BIC Brunch Presentation Slideshow - How to Reduce Waste

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GREEN BIC BRUNCH, JUNE 2020 
Green Book Production: 
Materials Matter! (Webinar)

Wednesday 24th June 2020, 12-1pm (BST)
Online / Webinar
#greenbicbrunch

Overview
BIC is the dedicated book industry supply chain organisation in the UK and as such, the environment is naturally high on our priorities for 2020 and beyond. Following the success of our Building a Greener Business webinar held in March this year, we are delighted to be launching a series of Green BIC Brunches. This series has been specifically created to explore key areas of the book supply chain that can and do impact on our planet’s environmental health. Each Green BIC Brunch will be dedicated to one key area and the series as a whole is intended to join the book industry supply chain together in one place – exploring and inspiring change in response to environmental challenges. Our June 2020 session kicks our series off with a close look at the materials used to create a printed book. 

Find out more about Green BIC Brunches by watching our first-ever videocast – presented by BIC's Executive Director, Karina Urquhart – on YouTube, here.

Introduction
For years, regulatory bodies and book industry organisations have been working hard behind-the-scenes to ensure that the materials used for the production of books are as environmentally-friendly as possible. With environmental concerns high on so many organisation’s priorities, an update on both the book industry’s progress to date and the innovative materials already available to us seems prudent and timely.

This Green BIC Brunch looks, in detail, at the paper, printing technologies, inks, foils and laminates that our industry uses to produce its print products, with a view to establishing how far we’ve come to date and what future innovations might bring.

With speakers from Holmen Paper, CPI Books, Kurz and Graphic Image Films, this Green BIC Brunch takes attendees on a journey through the creation of a printed book, from paper supply to environmentally-friendly finishes.

This Green BIC Brunch will be of interest to all printers, publishers, booksellers, distributors, data aggregators and systems vendors who have a desire to improve the environment by making their supply chains greener.

The Presenter: Alaina-Marie Bassett, Business Manager, BIC

Our SpeakersStephen Holman, Head of Technical Support, Holmen Paper AB; Lisa Faratro, Customer Service Director & Director of Environment & Sustainability, CPI Books; Alexis Tonneau, Sustainability Project Manager, Kurz; and Jamie Beale, Quality Assurance Technical Manager, Graphic Image Films.

Green BIC Brunch Presentation Slideshow - Green Book Production

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BIC BRUNCH, MAY 2020
Keeping up with your Metadata: A Lesson in Increasing Sales and Bettering Communications (Webinar)
Wednesday 27th May 2020, 12-1pm (BST)
Online / Webinar
#bicbrunch

The importance of good (i.e. complete, timely and quality) metadata is well known – as is its positive impact on sales (both instore and online)*. But what of its less well-known counterpart: keeping that metadata up-to-date? Why is this so important? What metadata changes most dynamically post-publication (and what should be fixed before publication)? How does out-of-date information impact the supply chain (and a publisher’s sales)? This BIC Brunch intends to answer these questions and more.

With speakers from EDItEUR, Nielsen Book and Hachette UK, this BIC Brunch covers: 

  • Block level updates
  • The Acknowledgement message in ONIX 3.0
  • Price & Availability (P&A) feeds
  • The BIC Realtime (trade) P&A API
  • How the BIC Product Data Excellence Award (PDEA) Accreditation Scheme can help publishers to monitor their metadata’s timeliness, completeness (and, going forwards, its quality)

* Nielsen White Paper: The Link Between Metadata and Sales

This BIC Brunch will be of interest to all publishers, booksellers, data aggregators, systems vendors, distributors, wholesalers and many more.

The Presenter: Alaina-Marie Bassett, Business Manager, BIC

Our SpeakersCecilia Rushton, Head of Editorial Operations, Hodder & Stoughton, the Headline Publishing Group, John Murray and Quercus Editions; Graham Bell, Executive Director, EDItEUR; and Clive Herbert, Head of Professional Services, Nielsen Book.

BIC Brunch Presentation Slideshow - Keeping up with your Metadata

Watch this event on the BIC YouTube Channel.

 

Click here for further information about our forthcoming sessions. 

 

A word about our sponsors...

 

As HP continues its journey of re-invention, we are bringing to market new services and solutions specifically for the Publishing Industry. Our ambition is to enable Publishers to have more time to focus on "what" they publish, rather than "how" they publish. We are providing the industry with services and solutions that reduce production complexity whilst automating scalable distributed print. 

The HP Piazza solution provides a cloud-based repository of always available titles, allowing Publishers to re-gain control of their content, maximise business potential, reduce inventory, minimise waste and improve their environmental footprint. This fully virtual inventory matches output with demand, with titles ready & optimised for print, when and where needed. As companies struggle to manage increasingly complex customer needs, with business realities and ever-increasing environmental considerations this proven, scalable service provides a “plug & play” solution. 

If you are interested in learning more, please email HPPublishingSolutions@hp.com or visit Hp.com/go/PiazzaforPublishing.

 

Nielsen Book provides a range of services to the book industry internationally, aiding the discovery and purchase, distribution and sales measurement of books. We are proud to run the ISBN and SAN Agencies for UK & Ireland as well as providing search and discovery services for booksellers and libraries. Our electronic trading solutions, including Nielsen PubEasy, help everyone involved in the book supply chain trade more easily and our Research services provide retail sales analysis for both print and e-books alongside research from our Books and Consumers Survey. For more information visit: nielsenbook.co.uk

 

Penguin Random House UK is the UK’s largest book publisher. We champion brilliant voices from around the globe, bringing them to life in compelling and dynamic ways for audiences everywhere. From bestselling writers to new voices, bold illustrators and big thinkers, we are home to some of the world's most celebrated authors. We sell and license books in over 120 countries; connecting millions of people around the world with the greatest stories, the smartest thinking and the best ideas. 
www.penguin.co.uk