Supply chain 'perfect storm' sparks concern for peak pre-Christmas period

Supply chain 'perfect storm' sparks concern for peak pre-Christmas period

A “perfect storm” of Brexit, Covid-19 and shipping problems could lead to disruption in the peak pre-Christmas period with some publishers extending lead times on titles, moving printing to the UK and even training distribution staff as HGV drivers to mitigate the problems.

Last week, The Bookseller reported publishers including Penguin Random House and HarperCollins were braced for impacts on their distribution services due to the disruption, while retail giant Amazon showed extended wait times for some big September books.

Children’s books printed abroad are particularly being impacted,...

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