Publishing is also about getting the book into the reader’s hands at the right time and place: bookshops and stalls, culture and entertainment retail chains, supermarkets and e-commerce platforms.
Invoicing, transport and returns are all part of distribution, which plays a pivotal role in the book value chain. In all countries where it operates, Hachette Livre offers distribution services for partner publishers and ensures bookshops are restocked in under 48 hours.
Our French, American, Spanish and British teams created an innovative, integrated distribution system for all digital platforms. The system incorporates conversion, file protection, metadata processing, anti-hacking and sales reporting services.
Our distribution centres package and ship thousands of parcels per day to meet the needs of booksellers worldwide.
Upstream, the sales teams market books to distribution channels in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada. Thanks to a joint venture with global print-on-demand (POD) leader Lightning Source, Hachette Livre Distribution provides a POD tool for publishers. Our print run management smart tool, Ritméo, is incorporated into the distribution tool to ensure publishers always have just the right number of copies in stock.
HUKD distributes 25% of all books sold in the British market. Its Hely Hutchinson Centre warehouse is equipped with cutting-edge automated systems to ship books around the world. In Australia, the ADS centre, located 80 km north of Sydney, manages distribution of books throughout Australia and New Zealand. With more than 100 employees, the centre handles over 28,000 titles.
The HBG Client distribution centre is located in Lebanon, Indiana. It provides customizable services, such as warehousing, order management, invoicing and collections, customer service and customer file management, for each client. HBG also provides value-added services like sales, manufacturing and digital management.
The CGA distribution centre is located in Getafe, near Madrid. It distributes books published by all Anaya and Bruño imprints, as well as by third-party publishers, in Spain and abroad.