A threefold business

Distribution


Distribution is at the heart of Hachette Livre’s business. To publish is also to deliver a book to its readers, at the right place and the right time, be it in chain bookstores, downtown independent bookshops, drugstores or supermarkets. The business of distribution is based on the supply chain. Its complexity increases with the number of books handled. Most Hachette Livre distribution centers process up to 100,000 titles and can stock more than 100 million books. Invoicing, freight and managing returns contribute to making distribution a strategic link in the book’s value chain. In each of its major operating countries, Hachette Livre offers marketing and distribution services to partner publishers to absorb fixed costs more effectively. Digital books also need to be distributed and require specific expertise and infrastructure.