IPG has long had a deep commitment to technological innovation. The parent company, Chicago Review Press Incorporated, bought its first computer in 1982, the very first micro computer that could really support business requirements. Now, with an in-house staff of seven IT professionals and a platform of best-of-breed software applications for the publishing industry, IPG can guarantee data integrity, accuracy, and timely performance.
IPG understands that customers, publishers, sales reps, suppliers, freight forwarders, and everyone else involved in the bookselling process capture efficiencies when the right software solutions are deployed. These efficiencies translate into significant savings for IPG’s customers, who increasingly are only willing to do business with companies that can interface cleanly with their internal systems.
Fast, accurate information about item availability, order status, and metadata is now indispensible. A very important benefit for IPG’s client publishers is that they can avoid the heavy cost of buying and maintaining these information systems.
IPG publishers have access—at no charge—to Nielsen Bookscan, the website that tracks book sales by monitoring the cash registers of the major chains and by sampling independent bookstores. This is a fabulous tool for monitoring actual sales of one's books and for determining the success of competing titles. Even better is the weekly point-of-sale data IPG compiles directly from the chains and national wholesalers. The report based on this information tells publishers how many copies of any title are out in the marketplace and the rate at which each title is selling through. Publishers can view this report at any time on the protected publisher resources section of the IPG website. By looking at the actual demand for titles, publishers can much more accurately plan the size and timing of reprints.
IPG’s client publishers have access to an online reporting environment with more than 20 stock reports where they may input parameters such as date ranges and filters to extract the data needed to review their business, plan reprints, and focus their marketing efforts.
These reports utilize Microsoft Report Server, which allows users to export the data in many different formats such as PDF and Excel, and with just a few clicks, users can enable automatic e-mail subscriptions to the reports they wish to see regularly.
A highly scalable cluster of Microsoft SQL Enterprise servers ensures a seamless ability to upgrade and enlarge the system as the technology of publishing continues to evolve. IPG is happy to supply custom reports when needed.
In the fall of 2009, IPG implemented a top-of-the-line warehouse management system at the distribution center on Chicago’s west side.
This system utilizes hand-held scanners to record all inventory movements, stamping every transaction with date, time, and user name to facilitate accuracy and visibility into the warehouse.
At any moment, the on-hand quantity of an item is accurate and reportable, and new stock receipts appear within a day in the publisher reporting area of IPG’s website. A rolling cycle-count constantly double-checks the quantities available, and any unexpected event such as a missed pick automatically generates a full audit of the title.
First a thriving small press, then 40 years of steady growth as a book distributor.
|What Makes IPG Different? ›|
IPG offers more distribution programs, marketing channels, and support services than any other distributor.
|Marketing Services ›|
IPG’s dedicated marketing team offers many services aimed at advancing the visibility of their publisher clients’ brands and titles.
|Sales Channels ›|
IPG has more sales channels than any other distributor.
|Digital Services ›|
Since 2001 IPG has provided e-book conversion, consolidation, storage, and distribution, and very favorable rates for POD printing.
|Specific Services for Publishers ›|
Pre-pub consultation, sales meetings and shows, access to Bookscan, Publicity and PR, advertising opportunities, and much more.
State-of-the-art software and Distribution Center facilities; 24-hour turn time on orders.
|Financial Condition & Payment Policies ›|
IPG's client publishers have been, without exception, paid in full and on time. IPG has no long-term debt at all.
|Distribution Agreement ›|
IPG takes a fee based on net billing but no fees (unlike most distributors) for the storage of active titles, in-out charges, sample copies, etc.
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