Top 30 Book Manufacturers
Clarke: … If we look at a consistent trend, if there’s a mantra out there, it’s supply chain management—on the publisher’s side—to … make sure that if they get a hot [book], they can have books at the right spot at the right time to maximize every sale. [Supply chain management] also [helps] to minimize overprinting, which leads to returns. That philosophy has been embraced universally. … So the challenge for us is that there’s a fixed amount of manufacturing time. Now you can improve that with new equipment, and the investment that we’ve made in our platform as a company has really been geared for that. We’ve invested over a billion dollars [companywide] over the last three years.