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Most publishers probably
haven’t focused on the hidden costs of the
shipping datetime=”2005-12-01T11:33″> labels they use. A multiplicity of
label formats is, however, expensive for everyone in the publishing supply
chain, because different and improperly placed labels cause major delays <span
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while warehouse employees try to
identify the carton contents correctly and
also while they extra apply consistent
internal labels.


To lower the costs that varied
labels impose and to align book industry carton-labeling practice with global
trade practices, the Book Industry Study Group has devised a standard label
format, received approval from UPS, and drafted label guidelines that you can
get at www.bisg.org.


According to early adopters, cartons
labeled in accordance with these guidelines are moving faster through
distribution center systems than cartons with labels in other formats.


BISG estimates the new shipping
label guidelines will work for most of the customers most publishers currently
ship to. As you’ll see when you check them out, if customization is required,
it will be minimal and confined within a small segment of the label.


Now that more and more books are
sold through general retail outlets—such as gardening books at Home Depot,
fiction bestsellers at Kroger, dog-breeding manuals at pet
stores—publishers need to be sure their forms and systems fit current
global standards, which is why BISG’s Distribution Executives Interest Group
(the committee responsible for creating the new format) made the BISG
Guidelines comply with worldwide general retail labeling guidelines.


A PDF file of the BISG Guidelines
for Shipping Container Labeling is available at <span
For more information on the guidelines or the work of DEIG, email <span



Industry Study Group




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