The Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI) released the July results for its monthly survey on capacity and lead times for soft cover and hard cover books. As demand has skyrocketed and supply chain woes continue to hamper all segments of manufacturing, BMI put together the survey to get a better idea of what manufacturers were facing and what publishers should expect. July started to show a little easing in the space. According to responses regarding hard cover books, the average manufacturer was running at 84% of their capacity, down from June’s 90%. The average lead time for completed hard cover books dropped a whole month, going from 104 days to 74 days. For soft cover books, capacity usage stayed at 91% and the average lead time dropped from 84 days to 56 days, based on 16 responses.
Amid ongoing disruption to delivery schedules Royal Mail has brought forward a swathe of price increases originally slated for next year.
The business is locked in a bitter industrial relations dispute with the Communication Workers Union that has resulted in strike action that began at the end of September, and is set to continue throughout October, November and December.
Royal Mail had been due to put up prices from 3 January 2023.
Instead, prices for advertising mail, business mail, publishing mail, partially addressed mail, poll card mailing, and response services will go up from 7 November.
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