Case Study: Large Publisher Reduces Costs with In-Plant Solution

By on February 25th, 2013 in Case Study


Building on two centuries’ experience, a customer of Publishers’ Graphics grew rapidly over the last two decades to become a leading international academic publisher of more than 1,500 journals and 1,800 new books annually, with a backlist in excess of 20,000 specialist titles.

A company of this size and magnitude needed a solution to help manage their growing global printing demands. For the last six years, they partnered with Publishers’ Graphics to help minimize print runs, inventory levels and eliminate outside freight costs. This was also the beginning of this company’s divide and print or print local model where they issue POs in-house, share files with partners worldwide, and manufacture books in multiple global markets simultaneously, eliminating expensive sea and air freight charges for international shipments.Brochure_p07

PG’s In-Plant Services helped this international publisher with short runs, first-run prints and their micro-replenishment system that orders books daily to maintain precise inventory levels. As a result, they have completely eliminated freight costs in their warehouse and are keeping inventory levels at a record low by printing only what’s needed for the immediate future. Also, books deliver to the warehouse instead of customers, which allows them to consolidate books to single customers and save considerably on shipping and billing.

Working with Publishers’ Graphics on an in-plant basis has brought many improvements to this customer’s business. A spokesperson for the company noted that they have fewer out-of-stock situations, plus they can turn on a dime and push specific orders to rush status if necessary. They’re also able to ship fewer books to customers directly from outside sources. Consolidating these orders is much less confusing for customers and much more cost effective for them.


Decrease print runs to micro levels to keep inventory down and eliminate freight from outside sources.


Use Publishers’ Graphic’s In-Plant Services for short-run first prints, reprints and micro-replenishment: an automated system that orders books daily to maintain precise inventory levels.


  • Eliminated freight cost into the warehouse.
  • Inventory levels are at an all-time low, yet there are fewer out-of-stock situations.
  • Turnaround time on specific orders is within 24 hours.
  • Consolidated customer orders to eliminate confusion, improve service and cut costs.