BIC at the London Book Fair 2023

As the global publishing industry focuses on London this spring, there will be a real emphasis on not only ‘defining the future of creative content’, but the role of sustainability within that.

Underpinning this, as it does across the day-to-day life of the industry, is the book supply chain. Therefore, BIC is delighted to be attending the fair and contributing to the discussion via two events, both taking place on Wednesday 19th April.

We can also be found at Stand 3D91, so do drop by and say hello if you are at the fair!

BIC’s Delivering a Smarter, Sustainable Supply Chain Session

Date: Wednesday, 19th April 2023
Time: 12.30 pm – 1.45 pm
Venue: Focus Theatre, Olympia
Tickets: free to attend for all London Book Fair ticket holders

Join us in this combined panel-and-audience discussion where we’ll explore two key topics spanning the supply chain:

Books Across Borders

The past three years have seen seismic shifts across supply chains at an unprecedented speed of change. Whilst challenging, these shifts have forced our industry to rethink its ways of working and have presented many opportunities for improvement. Books Across Borders will explore how our industry can future proof the supply chain to contend with any future upheaval, whether biological or geo-political, and translate the theory into practice to master the challenges therein – including the complexities of import and export requirements and processes. Here we will seek to demystify and establish best practice guidance and recommendations across a complex process.

The Smart Supply Chain

In examining the Smart Supply Chain, we will tackle challenges with ordering and stock availability, the knock-on impact of “unsmart” ordering on returns and how the Industry Returns Initiative (IRI) can help. Smarter ordering – right book, right place, right time – will also be explored with relation to best practice and good metadata, and how it can transform the process and aid sustainability.

Our panel will comprise of:

Host: Karina Urquhart, Executive Director, BIC

Lisa Faratro, Director of Environment and Sustainability, CPI Group (UK)
Adam Hewson, Director, Hewson Books
Andy Hughes, Operations Manager, Publiship
Simon Pallant, Digital & Data Services Manager, Gardners Books
Vera Pirri, Head of Production, Macmillan’s Children Books

For further information about our panellists, visit our London Book Fair Hub.

BIC’s Designed for Recycling Project

Date: Wednesday 19th April 2023
Time: 10.45 am
Venue: Sustainability Lounge, Olympia
Tickets: free to attend for all London Book Fair ticket holders

Join us in the London Book Fair Sustainability Lounge for an overview and update on our Designed for Recycling Project.

Part of BIC’s Green Supply Chain Committee’s Green Supply Chain Work Plan, this project’s ultimate aim is to establish what can be done differently with regards to the creation of books, and to recommend how best to progress to a situation where every book is automatically and always designed with recycling in mind.

The session will be led by Simon Crump, BIC’s Environmental Consultant. Simon has been in publishing for nearly 30 years, and during this time he has seen many changes in the industry from an Academic Publisher’s perspective. Simon’s last full-time role was as Head of Supply Chain Operations at Cambridge University Press. He now works as the environmental consultant for BIC and the General Manager Books for the BPIF (British Printing Industries Federation). He also has his own consultancy company and works for the consultancy firm Maverick.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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