OBERLIN, OH - indiCo LLC announced today that it has reached an agreement to transition its wholesale book distribution business to long-time partner, Ingram Content Group (Ingram) as part of its strategy for winding down that line of business. Through this transition, customers will continue having access to an expansive list of titles, consolidated ordering options, and a dedicated customer care team with Ingram.
"As we make this change, our goal is to assist stores in transitioning their book purchasing activity with the least amount of disruption possible, especially for the upcoming buying season," said Ed Schlichenmayer, CEO of NACS. "Over the past fifteen years, Ingram has played an integral role in indiCo's ability to deliver exceptional service and order fulfillment for college stores. They are the perfect partner for this transition as they already know our customers and our business, and have a shared commitment to supporting college stores."
"Ingram has a long standing commitment to supporting independent booksellers. We also recognize the important role indie college stores play on their campuses and in their communities. The retail landscape has changed in many ways this year and Ingram continues to find ways to make sure stores don't miss a beat when change happens. Our support team is dedicated to making this a seamless transition," said Ingram's Chief Commercial Officer, Shawn Everson.
Both companies are committed to making the transition as seamless as possible for customers, and the transition will be completed by the end of the year. The indiCo and Ingram teams are working closely together on account set-up, establishing credit limits, and with on-going order fulfillment, and are communicating next steps to customers and stakeholders.
About indiCo LLC
indiCo LLC (formerly NACSCORP) has served the college store industry for more than 50 years, helping higher education retailers operate more successfully in a competitive marketplace by providing wholesale distribution of course materials, products, and services. indiCo is a wholly owned, for-profit subsidiary of the National Association of College Stores, the professional trade association for the collegiate retailing industry.
The world is reading and Ingram Content Group ("Ingram") connects people with content in all forms. Providing comprehensive services for publishers, retailers, libraries and educators, Ingram makes these services seamless and accessible through technology, innovation and creativity. With an expansive global network of offices and facilities, Ingram's services include digital and physical book distribution, print-on-demand, and digital learning. Ingram Content Group is a part of Ingram Industries Inc. and includes Ingram Book Group LLC, Ingram Publisher Services LLC, Lightning Source LLC, VitalSource Technologies LLC, Ingram Library Services LLC, and Tennessee Book Company LLC.