BIC- In Practice - Digital Supply Chain

BIC In Practice: Digital Supply Chain

Our ‘BIC In Practice’ focus for September is the Digital Supply Chain. 

A relative newcomer in comparison to the long evolution of the physical supply chain, effective standards and best practices are particularly crucial in this area to ensure industry organisations have the tools required to create and maintain a consistent and adaptable digital supply chain. 

Its development and adoption curves have been steep and it continues to evolve at pace alongside our increasingly digital world. BIC’s projects, standards, best practices, training and accreditation aim to support and guide the book industry in this area.

BIC’s work in this area and how you can benefit

BIC has a number of core projects, standards and best practices across the digital supply chain, including Digital Audiobook Supply Chain Best Practice, Open Access, Acquisitions and Divestments for Digital Products and Digital Supply Chain Standards.

Collectively, the outputs of these projects contribute to the following benefits:

  • Maintaining an efficient and effective digital supply chain, enabling an optimised customer experience 
  • Driving discoverability and sales
  • Improving reliability and trust in search results
  • Supporting minimising returns and waste 
  • Improving the efficiency of problem resolution and resources
  • Automating laborious but crucial tasks such as (for example) checking the status of digital audio book assets at resellers
  • Gaining clarity on definitions, roles and responsibilities

BIC members can also apply to join the Digital Supply Chain committee, to consult across a range of digital conversations & topics helping to deliver efficiency & accuracy for operations through the creation and promotion of standards, best practice, training, workshops, various initiatives and accreditation schemes.

Members and non-members alike can access the BIC accreditation schemes and training on ONIX for Digital Products and eBook Creation courses.

Find out more and how to get involved

The best way to get an overview of the BIC’s Digital Supply Chain work is to view and download the ‘BIC: In Practice’ PDF document which in addition to the above also includes links to further useful BIC resources. You can also share the PDF with your colleagues and wider industry acquaintances. Details of how to access BIC’s work and becoming actively involved are found within the PDF.

We will be sharing a new ‘BIC: In Practice’ area every month until the end of the year, so ensure you’re signed up to our mailing list and following us on social media (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) to receive the information as soon as it’s available.

Our first two ‘BIC: In Practice’ documents focusing on Greening the Supply Chain and Metadata and Classification, were published earlier this year and are available in the Resource Centre.


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