IPG owns and operates a 190,000-square-foot distribution facility that contains approximately seven million books. In the fall of 2009, IPG implemented a top-of-the-line warehouse management system at its distribution center. 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 in 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.
The books in every order are scanned into ASN (Advanced Shipping Notice) software that checks for accuracy and informs the larger customers, before the shipment is received, what each carton in the order contains. Receipts of stock, stock movements, stock locations, and returns are entered by the electronic scanners in real time so that the location and quantity of each title is tightly controlled.
Major accounts are shipped by truck several times a week. The books ordered by smaller accounts are picked along with the books ordered by the majors—they do not get second-rate service—and are shipped via UPS or FedEx.
Every returned copy is electronically scanned and carefully inspected, and shippable copies are returned to stock. (Many distributors now simply discard all returned books whether or not they are damaged.) Damaged copies are handled according to individual publishers' instructions.
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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