Ordering Best Practice

Last updated 10th November 2021


BIC Ordering Best Practice (OBP) Working Group


This project was launched in April 2021 with the purpose to agree, document and promote best practice for the B2B ordering of printed books for all relevant organisations in the book industry. 

The guidelines will address issues in the physical supply chain, including those highlighted by BIC's Physical Supply Chain Map Project and the Technical Implementation Clinics. They will include best practice for retailers, publishers, distributors, wholesalers and data aggregators, as well as system and service providers. Adopting best practice is key to ensuring that all areas of the supply chain concerned with ordering are operating as efficiently and effectively as possible. 

The project group is made up of BIC member volunteers from across the industry and is led by Stephen Long, an independent consultant with 30 years of industry experience. The project is expected to last 6 months and will meet regularly online. This will be followed by a period of adoption and review.

Please review full project brief here.

Progress Reports
Regular updates on progress are to be published monthly. 

The most recent progress report for BIC's OBP project can be found here.

Please contact Stephen Long, BIC Project Consultant, at supplychain@stephenjlong.info for more information and/or if you are interested in contributing to this project.