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IPG Expands Gift Market Coverage with Road Runners LLC

April 3, 2024


Contact: Julia Dillman | Corporate Communications
312.337.0747 | [email protected]

CHICAGO - Independent Publishers Group (IPG) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Road Runners LLC, a renowned wholesaler representing a diverse array of top-tier brands in the gift market. Road Runners will represent IPG in the southeastern United States gift market beginning April 15, 2024.

Road Runners was founded in 2000 and currently has over 50 sales representatives servicing 10,000 active specialty retail customers. Representing brands across various categories, including stationery, gifts, toys, accessories, jewelry, personal care items, and books, Road Runners is a one-stop shop for retailers and will provide IPG publishers with access to a vast network with plenty of growth opportunities.

“IPG is excited to partner with Road Runners and expand our sales reach further into the gift market,” said Ilene Schreider, Director of Special Sales at IPG. “Road Runners has unparalleled expertise and insight that will drive gift sales for our publishers in key southeastern states.” Road Runners will sell IPG titles into nontraditional book retail in North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida.


About Independent Publishers Group:

Founded in 1971, IPG was the first organization specifically created for the purpose of marketing titles from independent presses to the book trade. Today, IPG’s wide reach into the book market includes distribution of both print and e-books from a wide array of publishers, digital printing and traditional publishing. With consistent growth year over year, IPG’s success has come from supporting and encouraging the growth of its publishing partners in the United States and worldwide. IPG was acquired by Chicago Review Press in 1987, and this acquisition formed the parent company Chicago Review Press, Inc., which now owns Chicago-based indie publishers Chicago Review Press and Triumph Books. In October 2021, IPG acquired UK-based United Independent Distributors (UID) and its subsidiary companies Eurospan, Marston Book Services and Orca Book Services, extending IPG’s menu of services and global reach.