PRH's Two-Day Transit Program Has Returned, Earlier Than Ever
For the eighth year in a row, Penguin Random House is offering its two-day transit program for independent booksellers; the program has already begun and will continue until March 2, 2020. As has happened regularly since its beginnings, PRH has expanded the offer: it started a month earlier than last year and now lasts six months.
Under the program, weather and transport conditions permitting, the company will ship orders from its Westminster, Md., and Crawfordsville, Ind., operations centers that are received from indies by 3 p.m. Eastern, Monday-Friday, to arrive at bookstores in two days or less. Both centers have weekend shifts to expedite Monday arrivals for orders received Friday and Saturday.
The offer includes every frontlist and backlist title from the imprints of the Knopf Doubleday, Penguin Publishing Groups, Random House, Random House Children's Books, Penguin Young Readers, Penguin Random House Audio divisions, and DK Publishing, plus the many clients of Penguin Random House Publisher Services. Those clients include, among others, America's Test Kitchen, Beacon Press, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge, Dark Horse Comics, DC, Hay House, Highlights, Kensington, Kodansha Comics, Library of America, Melville House, National Geographic, New York Review Books, North Atlantic Books, Other Press, Quirk Books, Rizzoli, Sasquatch Books, Seven Stories, Shambhala, Soho, Steerforth Press, Verso and Wizards of the Coast.
"Accounts tell us this program has become a crucial ingredient for a profitable season," said Jaci Updike, president, U.S. sales, Penguin Random House. "We have a terrific fall line-up, and we want booksellers to be able to spend more time marketing and handselling our front list and backlist titles, and less time online and on the phone worrying when their reorders will arrive. We're thrilled to be able to expand the program this year, and give indies additional support at this all-important time of year for all of us."