Upcoming BIC Breakfasts and Brunches

This page last updated 23rd October 2020

 

BIC BRUNCH, OCTOBER 2020
Launching BIC’s Brand New Industry Metadata Tool
Thursday 29th October 2020, 12-1pm (GMT)
Online / Webinar
#bicbrunch

Introduction
We all know that metadata underpins so much of the book supply chain and getting it right is crucial to discoverability and sales. With so many products all vying for consumer attention how useful would it be to gain an overview of industry stakeholders’ use of metadata?

Would you like to obtain insight into the metadata fields that your trading partners require and use? Do you want to know which metadata fields booksellers want? Do you ever wonder if all your metadata is being used?

If you answered yes to the above questions, then your wait is over!

If you answered no, but your organisation uses metadata we would still urge you to attend this session as BIC’s new tool will be of great interest to you.

BIC is delighted to announce the launch of the BIC Metadata Capabilities Directory (MCD) at this Brunch session. The MCD is a ‘game-changing’ tool that will improve and track the effective use of metadata in the book industry supply chain, delivering detailed and meaningful insights.

During this event you will hear from the BIC Metadata Map Project Lead, Peter Mathews as well as BIC MCD pioneer organisations Thames & Hudson, Bibliographic Data Services Ltd and Rakuten Kobo to find out their viewpoints on the MCD, why they are getting involved, and what access to the directory will mean to them.

Who should attend? 
This BIC Brunch will be of interest to all book industry organisations who use metadata to optimise discoverability and sales. If you supply and/or receive data within the book industry, the MCD will be of huge value and use to your organisation.

The Presenter
Karina Urquhart, Executive Director, BIC

The Speakers
Peter Mathews, BIC Metadata Map Project Lead
Nick Coveney, Publisher Relations & Content Lead, UK & ANZ, Rakuten Kobo
Eric Green, Managing Director, Digital, Bibliographic Data Services Ltd 
Ben Gutcher, Head of UK Sales, Thames & Hudson

REGISTRATION: 
Register to attend this online event, here.

Tickets are FREE for BIC Members and Non-Members alike but you do need to register in order to receive the dial-in details for the webinar.

Please only reserve a ticket for this event if you intend to come!

 

BIC BRUNCH, NOVEMBER 2020
Streamlining Returns - Saving Time and Costs 
Thursday 5th November 2020, 12-1pm (GMT)
Online / Webinar
#bicbrunch

This event is kindly sponsored by: 

Introduction
Like it or not, returns are an integral part of the book industry’s supply chain. Being able to deal with returns as quickly and efficiently as possible helps to free up staff time, improve both stock planning and goods-in processes and reduce the potential for returns-related disputes.

With speakers from Hachette UK, Penguin Random House Distribution, Batch Ltd, Waterstones and the Hungerford Bookshop, BIC Brunch session will provide an overview of book industry returns and will explore the many benefits of automation in this area via the BIC Industry Returns Initiative (IRI). Attendees will learn how IRI can greatly benefit their business by reducing costs, and saving time and resources across various strands of work associated with returns. We will also hear how automating the returns processes is controllable and can be adaptable to suit changing business needs.

Who should attend? 
This BIC Brunch will be of interest to all book industry organisations that deal with returns however the event will be especially relevant to all types of Publisher, Distributor and Bookseller.

Read our introduction to IRI, here.

The Presenter
Karina Urquhart, Executive Director, BIC

The Speakers
Vincent Bull, Returns Coordinator, Waterstones
Steven Hailes, Logistics & Transport Manager, Penguin Random House
Alex Milne, Director, Hungerford Bookshop
Simon Parker, Business Development Manager, Batch Ltd
Ray Webb, Client Development Manager, Hachette UK

REGISTRATION: 
Register to attend this online event, here.

Tickets are FREE for BIC Members and Non-Members alike but you do need to register in order to receive the dial-in details for the webinar.

Please only reserve a ticket for this event if you intend to come!

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BIC BRUNCH, DECEMBER 2020
EDItX: Sales and Inventory Reporting for the 21st Century
Wednesday 2nd December 2020, 12-1pm (GMT)
Online / Webinar
#bicbrunch

Introduction
As a publisher, do you want to quickly and efficiently establish if your retailers and/or distributors have successfully received your eBook? Do you want to save time and resource making sense of the myriad different sales reporting formats? As a distributor and/or retailer, do you want to be able to quickly communicate availability and sales with your publisher without having to dedicate valuable time and resources to the task? A book industry standard already exists that can enable this and more.

With speakers from EDItEUR, HarperCollins Publishers and Gardner’s, this BIC Brunch session will provide an overview of EDItX Sales and Inventory reporting messages, explaining their uses within, and benefits to, all organisations in the book industry supply chain. By attending, you will hear about the benefits of automating sales and inventory reporting for both print and eBooks, and gain insight into our speakers’ findings and experiences during their recent, collaborative EDItX pilot.

Whether you require reporting for physical and/or digital products, your organisation will benefit from attending this session.

What is EDItX?
EDItX is a family of mostly ‘transactional’ XML message formats designed by EDItEUR for communicating orders, invoices, dispatch notes and so on. But within the family, there are ‘report’ messages too, for reporting Sales and Inventory. These are intended to be sent by retailers, retail platforms and other ‘stockholders’ to their suppliers further ‘up’ the supply chain – for example from a wholesaler to a distributor, or a retail platform to a publisher.

Find out more, here.

Who should attend? 
This BIC Brunch will be of interest to all book industry organisations, however the event will be especially relevant to booksellers (whether chain or independent, and whether selling digital or printed books), publishers, distributors, wholesalers and data aggregators.

The Presenter
Karina Urquhart, Executive Director, BIC

The Speakers
Graham Bell, Executive Director, EDItEUR
John Bell, Lead Publishing Systems Analyst, HarperCollins Publishers
Simon Pallant, Digital and I.T. Services Manager, Gardner's

REGISTRATION: 
Register to attend this online event, here.

Tickets are FREE for BIC Members and Non-Members alike but you do need to register in order to receive the dial-in details for the webinar.

Please only reserve a ticket for this event if you intend to come!

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PLEASE NOTE:

If you would like to attend the events listed above but cannot for any reason, please be aware that it is now possible to watch our Green BIC Brunch, BIC Brunch and/or BIC Breakfast sessions via the BIC YouTube channel. Following each event, the footage for each session will be uploaded to the channel (ASAP) and a link will be provided on the BIC website, here, at that time. 

Also, if you are not able to attend this event but have a question for one of our speakers then do get in touch. Either tweet at @BIC1UK using hashtags: #greenbicbrunch, #bicbrunch or #bicbreakfast (before or during the event) or contact Alaina-Marie Basett at info@bic.org.uk (prior to the event) to have your question put to our speakers.

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A WORD ABOUT OUR SPONSORS

 

The knk Group has been established for 30 years and has about 450 customers in the publishing and media industry with offices in the Germany, USA, UK, and France. Our main solution ‘knkPublishing’ is the only Microsoft-certified publishing software in the world that delivers industry-specific functionality combined with traditional ERP capabilities. The software is available as an enterprise ERP solution or in a modular form addressing specific areas of a publishing business such as CRM, Title Management, Editorial, Production, Rights, Royalties, Sales, Marketing, Warehouse, Distribution, and Finance. The knk Group also includes the brands of Bradbury Phillips International Ltd, the most established provider of Rights and Royalty software for Publishers and Literary Agents, and the ‘VM Media Manager’ solution – the market leading advertising, subscription and circulation management software in Germany.
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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: info@bic.org.uk / +44(0) 20 7255 0513.