HarperCollins Publishers and RR Donnelley today announced their intent to enter into a breakthrough global supply chain agreement. The agreement is the first of its kind for a major general trade publisher. Under the terms of the proposed agreement, beginning in November 2011, RR Donnelley will handle the fulfillment of all HarperCollins new releases from its Harrisonburg, VA facility. Additionally, beginning in July 2012, RR Donnelley will handle fulfillment of all frontlist and backlist titles for Zondervan, a division of HarperCollins Publishers. RR Donnelley will also provide global Print on Demand (POD) services to HarperCollins, enabling most titles to be printed anywhere HarperCollins holds publishing rights. The agreement also renews and expands RR Donnelley's role as the printer, binder and distributor of HarperCollins' conventionally produced titles.
The two companies have enjoyed a relationship for more than 20 years as RR Donnelley has printed the vast majority of HarperCollins and Zondervan titles. This agreement will expand the relationship to combine printing, fulfillment, and shipping services into a single workflow which will serve to increase the speed to market, reduce freight costs, and improve efficiencies in the distribution process.
"In light of the shifting publishing landscape, we determined that it made the most business sense to move our new release fulfillment from several disparate warehouses to one central location tied closely to our printing," said Larry Nevins, EVP of Operations and Technology for HarperCollins Publishers. "RR Donnelley has long been a trusted and valued partner of ours, and this integrated solution will bring significant efficiencies to the supply chain process.