BDS retained accreditation as a supplier of excellence when the BIC SCEA Panel met in late August 2021.
The award covers a diverse range of book industry sectors including publishers, booksellers, printers, distributors, wholesalers and service providers. In all, 23 organisations hold BIC SCEA accreditation. These include Gardners, Harper Collins Publishers, Ingram Content Group UK, Macmillan Distribution, Pan Macmillan, Penguin Random House, ProQuest Coutts, and Sage Publishing.
“We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate this quarter’s award winners for demonstrating that their organisation is modern, technically-capable, efficient to do business with, and compliant with industry standards and practices,” wrote Karina Urquhart, Executive Director at BIC.
Application to BIC SCEA accreditation is free and open to BIC members and non-members. The scope of the award covers BIC’s areas of interest and activity across the supply chain. This therefore includes the provision of product metadata using ONIX through to the efficient management of returns and reporting of sales.
Environmental concerns introduced
The scheme enables book industry organisations to demonstrate the efficiency of their supply chains for both physical and digital products. Thus, they gain recognition with trading partners and the book industry for business efficiency, customer service, environmental concern and innovation. It aims to reward companies for their investment in automation and innovative solutions to the supply chain issues they face.
“We are delighted to retain BIC SCEA accreditation. We have held it since the awards were first introduced,” says Keith Walters of BDS. “Furthermore, today’s Awards reflect changing developments and environmental concerns around supply chain management. It is therefore particularly encouraging that the SCEA panel place BDS in the select few award winners.”
The other eight accreditation award winners for this quarter are Above the Treeline, Forum Books, Ingram Content Group UK Ltd, The Little Ripon Bookshop, Pearson UK, Proquest Coutts, Publiship, and SAGE Publishing.
Organisations that wish to apply for accreditation can find out more about the SCEA Accreditation Scheme here.