For a higher education publisher, evaluated the economics to publisher, retailer, student, and used book wholesaler of traditional buy/sell, consignment, rental and other business models. Identified key decision criteria and developed recommended approach forward
For a large educational publisher, outsourced physical distribution to reduce both operating costs and the financial drag of fixed distribution assets. Scope included three facilities in the US and operations in Mexico, Singapore, UK, Peru and Chile. The project saved 15% in annual operating expense and provided career paths for physical distribution staff in an … Continue reading Distribution Outsourcing for Educational Publisher
For a large educational publisher, implemented a Sales, Inventory and Operations planning process to more closely tailor inventory purchasing and investment to market needs. The goal of the project was to avoid a large end-of-life obsolescence write-off, while optimizing current operating costs. The project involved substantial process change and technology implementation across operations and business … Continue reading SIOP Planning for Educational Publisher
For a medium-sized education publisher, implemented an online student store to allow new commercial models in print and digital including rental, subscriptions and digital bundles. Project involved process change across Finance, Marketing, Operations, and Customer Care functions and integration of a new Hybris e-Commerce solution with many legacy applications.
For a medium-sized education publisher, implemented serialized QR codes on books to enable digital bundles and better supply chain tracking, crediting, and counterfeit detection of physical books. Project enabled tracking of samples and identifying the source of returned books. This project will also allow providing authorized access to online materials to the specific student purchasing … Continue reading QR Codes for Textbooks
For a large educational publisher, evaluated several learning management systems (LMSs) they were maintaining after a series of acquisitions. Worked with marketing and acquisitions leader to document the broad requirements for the platforms, performed a market scan to look at competitors and available technologies, and worked with the technology team to target platforms for retirement. The … Continue reading LMS Evaluation for Major Educational Publisher
For a mid-sized educational publisher, assisted with transition to XML-based authoring and production for print and digital textbooks. Designed high-level content architecture, oversaw the detailed XML design, wrote the RFP, and supported the publisher in choosing a new primary vendor for their print production and digital production. The result is a significantly improved editorial and … Continue reading Transition to XML Workflow for Educational Publisher