Now in its 29th year of operation, Vine House Distribution Ltd was set up in 1987 by Richard Squibb, based on 20 years’ previous experience in the sales, promotion, distribution and accounting functions of the book trade.
The basic objective of Vine House is to provide a personal, promotion-minded and cost-effective sales and distribution service for small and medium-sized Publishers, from both the UK and overseas, in a pro-active manner which keeps pace with the many on-going developments in the book trade.
The basic range of services is:
- Cash Collection
- Credit Control
- Sales, Stock & Dues Reporting
- Mail Order Fulfilment
- Publicity & Promotion
Good representation remains the key to selling books into book trade outlets and this is achieved by our experienced and motivated sales team who have strong contacts at head office and retail level, throughout the UK, Europe and overseas.
We continuously disseminate information on new and existing titles by means of regular and targeted mailings to key and trade customers and specialist outlets throughout the world.
Our Worldwide Distribution service has access to approximately 45,000 trade accounts in over 200 countries. This global customer base is enhanced by specialist and non-traditional outlets and is consistently updated by a dedicated research and marketing team.
Efficiency is achieved by utilising modern and fully equipped warehousing and despatch facilities. This function includes a core publishing industry computer system which provides order management, invoicing and sales, stock and dues reporting and customer account management. Accounting activities include strict adherence to efficient cash collection procedures and tight credit control, in accordance with normal trade terms. A comprehensive package of management reports is available, as well as e-commerce facilities (including EDI and Pubeasy).
All Publishers are different, even if basic activities are common, and Vine House endeavours to personalise its services through a sound knowledge of each Client’s particular requirements. In order to achieve this, we communicate regularly with our Publishers, especially in respect of sales, forthcoming titles and promotional opportunities. This is done through our Customer and Client Services team.
Our underlying aim, therefore, is to provide our Publishers with a flexible service to suit their needs but to hold them together as a cohesive unit so that customers receive a comprehensive and responsive service.
We have been members of the Independent Publishers Guild for over 20 years.
Finally, the basis for our charges is a percentage of turnover, which we believe carries the right emphasis and also simplifies the Client’s budgeting exercise. We will be only too pleased to provide details of these charges, but need to know details of particular requirements and volumes in order to be able to do so.