Tagged with STL

New Trade Distribution Arrangements for HarperCollins (Updated)

Bringing a longstanding exclusive distribution arrangement with STL to an end, HarperCollins have today announced new distribution arrangements to the UK Christian book trade. In a press release (pdf, 70kb) issued on Thursday, December 10, 2009, Sam Richardson, Head of Religious Publishing at HarperCollins, advised that new agreements had been reached with IVP and Norwich Books and Music, … Continue reading

The Future Shape of Christian Bookselling

The shape of our trade is changing, perhaps beyond recognition to those who still think of bookshops as some sort of quaint cottage industry where dusty tomes gather even more dust on dusty shelves. The reality that all of us are up against is this: online bookselling with its armchair shopping and lower prices is here to stay. Continue reading

SAP and IBS-STL UK: A Timeline and Some Reflections

Given that the collapse of IBS-STL UK has largely been attributed to its failed SAP implementation, the following timeline (which undoubtedly has a few gaps) may prove helpful in formulating the questions that should now be asked in order to ensure that a disaster like this doesn’t happen again. The fact that SAP was intended to … Continue reading

Saving STL UK: Towards a sustainable business model?

Whether or not the possibility of a group buyout for IBS-STL UK will even be considered by Biblica’s Board and Trustees remains to seen. As of this posting I am still awaiting detailed financial statements from the company, without which it is somewhat difficult to even begin to prepare anything remotely resembling a firm proposal … Continue reading

New Ways of Being Bookshop

Matt Wardman writes: Following recent posts by Phil Groom about the crisis in the STL Distribution company on the SPCK News Site and here at the Christian Bookshops Blog, I thought I’d run a few reflections up the flagpole. I have no involvement in bookselling, apart from loving and buying books, but, like the Mouse, … Continue reading