Baker & Taylor Inks Non-Binding Deal with SCI I
The agreement calls for the build-out of a digital print facility, featuring inkjet technology, at Baker & Taylor's Bridgewater, N.J. service center. This move complements Baker & Taylor's partnership with RR Donnelley, which covers trade book publishers and the fast-growing self-publishing market.
This agreement in principle is subject to the final negotiation and execution of definitive binding agreements and to third party approvals.
The Command Web Group of companies, through five US.-based facilities, including Command Web Offset and Strategic Content Imaging, the Command Web Group of companies provide print media solutions for trade and educational publishers, financial services companies, the healthcare and manufacturing industries.
David Cully, president of retail markets and executive vice president of merchandising/ digital media services at Baker & Taylor, said: â€œThis agreement advances our mission to offer the industry's most comprehensive package of physical and digital services for academic publishers and libraries. Working with our publishing partners, we will provide faster service on an even broader range of titles.â€
Andy Merson, chairman of Command Web, said: â€œPartnering with Baker & Taylor is a natural evolution of our business. This type of vertical collaboration between two industry leaders provides supply chain efficiencies at a time when many publishers are looking for every advantage in this challenging, changing environment.â€
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