Truck driver shortages, widespread port congestion, and skyrocketing container costs are among the biggest challenges facing the book industry supply chain for the rest of the year and into 2022, panelists on a July 6 BISG webinar looking at freight and shipping issues agreed.
In the first major industry-wide environmental initiative in several years, the Book Industry Study Group, along with BookNet Canada and the U.K.-based Book Industry Communications, have formed the International Green Book Supply Chain Alliance.
During a Book Manufacturers Institute’s webinar on August 26, representatives from across the book manufacturing spectrum confirmed something that has been widely discussed in publishing circles for many weeks: printing capacity for trade books is tight.
Citing industry shifts as well as disruptions in the publishing supply chain caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Ingram Content Group said it is investing millions of dollars in an upgrade to its global printing and distribution network.
Analysts at the Book Manufacturers Institute’s Spring Management Conference were optimistic about the recovery of the printing sector and the overall economy despite the severe impact of the pandemic and subsequent lockdown.