McHENRY, Ill., Nov. 2, 2015 – Offering globally competitive shipping rates, state-of-the-art ecommerce platforms and expert customer service, Follett School Solutions is the new, exclusive worldwide distributor for International Baccalaureate (IB) publishing products, formerly available at the IB's online store.
The Follett IB online store launches today.
"Our new agreement will enhance the shopping experience for IB materials and merchandise, as well as other leading providers of classroom, library and textbook materials supporting the IB curricula," said Steve Siegel, vice president-international, Follett School Solutions. "The IB offers four highly regarded programmes with more than one million IB students attending over 4,000 schools in 149 countries–and Follett is excited about the new distribution agreement."
Follett, a worldwide leader in educational solutions and products, provides a myriad benefits as the exclusive provider of IB products, including:
- exclusive access to IB materials and merchandise, as well as content from trusted IB publishers (Oxford University Press, Pearson, Cambridge University Press and more);
- easy access to Follett's suite of education management solutions; and
- ability to help schools with their IB authorization by ensuring their library is stocked with the best resources to support the IB programmes.
"As always, our goal at the IB is to broaden the reach of our programmes, our teaching philosophy and our contribution to international citizenship," said Robert Bolick, head of publishing and language services for IB. "By improving service and access to resources for our enrolled schools and candidates, we can increase schools' efficiency and effectiveness as they pursue their IB programmes."
Bolick added that the IB is "delighted" to be entering this collaboration with Follett. "We know through its online capability and international footprint, Follett will bring an enhanced level of service to the IB community, as well as an enriched offering of resources to IB World Schools," he said.
Stuart Crouch, who has served as an IB librarian in many countries and at different educational institutions for more than 16 years, is a proponent of the collaboration with Follett.
"This collaboration brings together a premier information service on the world stage with a world-class educational organization," said Crouch, currently head of libraries at the International School of Düsseldorf, Germany. "It brings resources into a single, one-stop platform and puts students and teachers first. By joining with IB, Follett will help to shape educational outcomes and most importantly be instrumental in delivering resources to students and staff around the globe."
Of significance to Crouch, he stressed Follett is "second to none in terms of customer service. With our dedicated European team, we receive same-day feedback, excellent technical support and the people at Follett are ready to listen."
For more information about the Follett IB Store, visit www.FollettIBStore.com. To view a video, visit http://bcove.me/1wgmcbbv.
About International Baccalaureate
Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate (IB) (ibo.org/) is a not-for profit foundation, which offers four high quality and challenging education programmes for a worldwide community of schools. For more than 45 years, the IB programmes have gained a reputation for rigour and high academic standards, for preparing students for life in a globalized 21st century and for helping to develop citizens who will create a better, more peaceful world. Currently, more than one million IB students attend over 4,200 schools in 149 countries.
About Follett's PreK-12 Business
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.
About Follett Corporation
For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to pre-K and K-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach and students to learn. Every day, Follett serves over half of the students in the United States, and works with 70,000 schools as a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. Follett is higher education's largest campus retailer and a hub for school spirit and community, operating more than 1,150 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores across the continent. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.6 billion privately held company.