Two German book chains form 'strategic alliance'

Two German book chains form 'strategic alliance'

Two of Germany’s largest family-owned chains have announced a strategic partnership in order to safeguard their future as independent booksellers.

Mayersche and Osiander will continue to be run as commercially separate businesses but are exploring possibilities to closely cooperate in areas like buying, marketing, e-commerce, IT systems and background administration. They will also each have a seat on each other‘s boards.

In a joint statement Hartmut Falter, managing director and joint owner of Aachen-based Mayersche, and Osiander’s executive partner Christian Riethmüller cite the ongoing...

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