LONDON, U.K. – Leading independent UK bookseller Foyles has selected Ingram to grow its online range of American titles by several million and deliver direct to its customers from the US, further increasing choice and speed of overseas delivery.
"At Foyles we pride ourselves on our title selection and the high-quality service we provide to our customers," said Sam Husain, CEO of Foyles. "As we position our company for the future, working with Ingram provides us with the tools we need now, as well as the security of knowing we'll have the next generation of data and distribution solutions to meet the demand of readers in the years to come. Working with Ingram will only serve to strengthen our overall offering and the service we provide to our customers."
Under the agreement, Foyles will receive title data from Ingram to populate www.foyles.co.uk. - the new comprehensive data feed will include all title genres. The Ingram feed will significantly increase the selection offered to Foyles customers, which currently offers a selection of more than 13 million books and 200,000 e-books.
To build on the benefits of its new title offering, Foyles has selected Ingram to fulfill orders direct to www.foyles.co.uk customers beginning in April 2012. Utilizing Ingram's extensive international distribution network, the direct fulfillment of content will improve order-to-delivery times. Foyles will continue to take advantage of Ingram's Lightning Source print-on-demand services.
Foyles, one of Britain's largest independent bookselling chains, is well known for its extensive range of books and knowledgeable staff, and has been selling books online since 2000.
"As booksellers are evolving to meet the changing needs of readers worldwide, Ingram's goal is to help make the most content available in the most formats to the most channels," said Shawn Everson, Chief Commercial Officer, Ingram Content Group Inc. "We are pleased to have a role in Foyles' evolving model – working together more books will reach more readers and that benefits the entire industry."
Foyles, Bookseller of the Year 2008 and 2010, was founded in 1903 by two brothers – William and Gilbert Foyle; the business has been on Charing Cross Road since 1906. Foyles has London bookshops on Charing Cross Road, at the Southbank Centre, in St Pancras International, Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City, as well as a branch at Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol, and an e-commerce website www.foyles.co.uk. The Foyles website www.foyles.co.uk currently has 13 million Books and over 230,000 eBooks for sale, with live stock availability from all its bookshops and details of upcoming literary events and book signings. Website customers receive a 15% discount on their purchases, with free delivery in the UK to all stores & on orders of £10 and over. Foyles' flagship store is at 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London. Other store locations include Foyles Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Foyles at St Pancras International, Foyles at Westfield London, Foyles at Westfield Stratford City and Foyles at Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol. For more information visit www.foyles.co.uk
Ingram Content Group Inc. provides a broad range of physical and digital services to the book industry. Ingram's operating units are Ingram Book Company, Lightning Source Inc., Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Periodicals Inc., Ingram International Inc., Ingram Library Services Inc., Spring Arbor Distributors Inc., Ingram Publisher Services Inc., Tennessee Book Company LLC, and Coutts Information Services. For more information, visit www.ingramcontent.com