1. BIC Supply Chain Excellence Awards: independent publishers application form

This questionnaire should only be used by medium/small publishers who have outsourced their distribution.

Please note that this application form will be reviewed by the BIC Supply Chain Excellence Accreditation Panel, which is a group comprised of representation from various types of organisations throughout the UK’s book industry supply chain, including publishers, retailers, distributors, wholesalers, data aggregators and service providers. Each application is treated in confidence, and BIC always aims to ensure that potential competitors are not permitted to review applications. For example, Publisher A sitting on the accreditation panel, would not be permitted access to Publisher B’s application form or allowed to offer any opinion on the proposed results for Publisher B. However, in the interests of confidentiality, BIC reminds all applying organisations to not disclose any information that should not be shared with the accreditation panel members and/or isn’t already in the public domain.

Please answer all the questions. If you need any help in answering the questions email simon.edwards@dial.pipex.com.


* 2. Bibliographic information

Bibliographic information is crucial to an efficient supply chain.

* 3. As a publisher you retain responsibility for the distribution of your books and the service provided to book trade customers even though you outsource this work to a 3rd party distributor. Please answer the following questions about your book distribution.

* 4. Digital Workflow and Digital Product Delivery
If you publish or sell ebooks, please describe your digital workflow and the supply chain routes by which you bring these to market

* 5. Promotional activity using new technologies (for example social networking such as Twitter and Facebook, or use of "see inside" functionality, widgets etc.

* 6. Products and ISBNs
Please give details (i.e. the title and the ISBN) of up to 5 products (e.g. books or eBooks) which your organisation has been involved with and in whose success your organisation has played a part over the past year. If possible, please tell us a bit more about how (from an operational / supply chain perspective) your organisation played a part in that success.

* 7. Are there any other ways in which you deploy technology or industry standards to enhance your business