PwC report recommends new buying agency to save £22m

<p>Katherine Rushton</p><p>The library supply chain faces its most radical shake-up in history, with the setting up of a single national "contracting agency" by 2008.</p><p>This central body will buy 95%-99% of books for up to 3,500 libraries in England through a new eMarketplace, enabling the service to use its scale to gain bigger discounts from publishers. Below it, between three and 10 regional distribution centres will select and service the books using a single set of standards.</p><p>The plans were set out in a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) study, Better Stock, Better Libraries, publi...

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