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Friday, 29 January 2010

Informix and website search UPDATE

Dear Friends,

INFORMIX
As promised, we will be providing regular updates on the re-installation of Informix as the project progresses over the coming weeks. To give you an overview of the project, we have outlined the key stages involved below and will be communicating our progress to date each week.

Project Overview
There are three main stages involved in the project, which will run concurrently.

Design & Build
This phase will include process workshops and change management which will aim to identify and address any potential problems at an early stage.

Testing - Informix will be intensively tested in three phases.

  1. Unit testing of individual processes
  2. Interface and integration testing to ensure the individual processes work together and link up smoothly
  3. Migration of data from SAP to Informix (e.g. customer data)


Training

Training will be carried out in two phases – firstly amongst key users and secondly for all end users. We want all staff using Informix to be proficient using the system and will be scheduling full training prior to the go live date. Many staff members will of course already be familiar with Informix but we believe a refresher course of training will be beneficial.

Progress to date

The design and build stage of the re-installation of Informix is making good progress and is on schedule to be completed in the next few weeks. The current focus is on process workshops. Thorough testing of the system will begin next week in consultation with key staff members. As previously communicated we plan to complete the Informix implementation in February, complete testing in early March and go live before the close of the month.

We will keep you updated via e-mail on the installation process.

WEBSITE SEARCH FACILITY UPDATE
We are making progress on fixing the problem with the search facility. Although it hasn’t been fully resolved yet, the search is working much better today than you will have been experiencing recently. We will keep you updated with progress.

Kind Regards,

STL Distribution Blog Team

Weekly Specials


Our final selection of Specials this Week includes the New Living Translation Study Bible (at 45%) and the Sixty Minute Debt Buster by Katie Clark and Rob Parsons (at 40%).

Click for NLT Study Bible

Click for Sixty Minute Debt Buster

Click for Weekly Specials

Kind regards,
STL Distribution blog team

PS - don't forget, FREE CARRIAGE on all UK orders ends this weekend!

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Weekly Specials

Two great titles available today, while stocks last. AW Tozer's classic Man: The Dwelling Place of God is at 45% discount for this week only, and the Lion Storyteller Easter Book from Bob Hartman is at 40%.




Don't forget - FREE CARRIAGE on all UK orders must end this weekend.

Kind regards,
STL Distribution blog team

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Kingsway | Stock update | FREE Carriage reminder

BUSINESS AS USUAL ON KINGSWAY PRODUCT THROUGH STL DISTRIBUTION

Dear Friends,

STL Distribution is pleased to confirm that Kingsway’s products will continue to be available to order through their Carlisle distribution centre. The continuation of the wholesale agreement with Kingsway ensures that STL Distribution remains the one-stop-shop for UK Christian retailers.

Following Kingsway’s announcement that it will return trade distribution to its premises in Eastbourne, work is underway to move stock from Carlisle to Eastbourne. However before, during and after this transition period, STL Distribution will continue to make Kingsway stock available to the Christian retail trade, including popular authors and artists such as; Don Piper, Stormie Omartian, Matt Redman and Stuart Townend.

Ken Munro, CEO STL Distribution, said, ‘Stocking product from a wide range of the major Christian publishers such as Hodder, Tyndale, Zondervan and Kingsway and more, means we can effectively resource the Christian market. Our focus is to continue as a one-stop-shop for the retailer, supplying products from a multitude of suppliers, knowing the convenience one order, one invoice, one delivery affords bookshops and ministries.’

STL Distribution offers same day despatch when an order is placed before 2.30 pm by telephone, fax or e-mail or by 4.00 pm electronically.

Don't forget - for the month of January STL Distribution is offering FREE CARRIAGE. Hurry, offer ends at the weekend!

Kind Regards
STL Distribution

STOCK UPDATE & FREE CARRIAGE REMINDER!

Deliveries from suppliers are continuing to arrive daily. This week we have received stock from Hodder & Stoughton, SPCK. and St Andrews Press.


Stock newly received includes the following highlights:


Hodder & Stoughton

9780340909096

PRAYER PB

9780964729223

SO YOU DONT WANT TO GO TO CHURCH...

9780340995952

TEENAGERS

9780446545099

YOUR BEST LIFE BEGINS EACH MORNING HB

9780340979365

START YOUR NEW LIFE TODAY PB

9780340995501

LOVE AND WAR PB

9780340979334

THE REASON FOR GOD

9780340964736

ANY MINUTE

9780340863534

THE HIDING PLACE PB

9780340861967

RUN BABY RUN PB

9780340954225

BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND PB

9780340908808

CHASING THE DRAGON PB

9780340979495

THE SHACK PB

SPCK

9780281062188

SONG FOREVER NEW

9780281051298

FAITH CONFIRMED PB

9780281061679

BCP LECTIONARY 2010 PB

9780281056170

SURPRISED BY HOPE PB


St Andrews Press

9780715207802

GOSPEL OF MATTHEW VOL 1

9780861535804

C007 BAPTISM CERTIFICATE



FREE CARRIAGE – LAST FEW DAYS!

There is still time to take advantage of our FREE CARRIAGE offer if you order this week – hurry, offer ends 31st January 2010.


Kind regards,

STL Distribution blog team

Weekly Specials


Today's selection from our Weekly Specials features Gary Chapman's Love As Way Of Life, and the Lion Children's Bible, both at 40% discount. Don't forget we are still offering FREE CARRIAGE on all UK orders until 31st January 2010.




Kind regards,
STL Distribution blog team

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Supplier Agreements - Kingsway and Authentic

Dear Friends,

As you are aware, discussions with our suppliers are ongoing as we re-establish trading relationships and re-stock the business. We promised to keep you informed of developments and are sending you the latest supplier agreements and stock updates below.

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM STL DISTRIBUTION AND KINGSWAY
As of February 1st 2010 Kingsway will return trade distribution to its premises in Eastbourne. With an expanded warehouse specifically fitted for the task, this represents an exciting new phase for the company. Kingsway product will also continue to be made available through STL Distribution in Carlisle.

“We have given much consideration to our position regarding distribution,” explains Jonathan Brown, Director of Business Development, “this gives us dedicated and detailed management information, increases our capacity for other products and puts us firmly in the driving seat of our own vehicle.”

“Our relationship with STL Distribution spanned over two decades”, says John Paculabo, Executive Director, “and we leave on good terms and wish them every success for the future. As Kingsway enters this new season, while we shall support STL Distribution’s wholesale operation we feel that handling our own distribution is critical to our future development. We are committed to serving retailers to the very best of our ability, and look forward to this new phase in our development.”

Ken Munro, CEO STL Distribution, said, “We are pleased to continue our close working relationship with Kingsway and will be supporting them fully throughout this transition. We are pleased that Kingsway products will continue to be available through STL Distribution’s wholesale channels as part of our ongoing strategy to offer the retailer a one-stop-service for all their Christian products.”

For further information please contact:

Miriam Doherty
Tel: 01323 437736
E-mail: mdoherty@kingsway.co.uk

Steve Apted
Tel: 01228 611898
E-mail: stephen.apted@stl.org

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AUTHENTIC
STL Distribution is pleased to announce a continuity agreement has been reached with Authentic for the distribution of their products. Authentic will continue to be represented by the STL Distribution Area Sales Managers.

To order the following, please visit www.stldistribution.co.uk or call Customer Services on 0800 28 27 28.

NCV Bible Lightning
Bacon Sandwiches and Salvation PB
Once An Addict
Taming The Tiger

Please speak to your Area Sales Manager for the latest special offers from Authentic.

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STOCK UPDATE
We are receiving stock deliveries from suppliers daily, most recently products from Zondervan, Hodder and SPCK. Details will be posted on the blog over the next few days.

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ANNOUNCEMENT FROM ALPHA INTERNATIONAL
Alpha International and Kingsway would like to announce that the rights for Nicky Gumbel's books have been transferred from Kingsway to Alpha International – a full list is below. All orders will continue to be processed on your trade account via STL Ditribution. The ISBNs for the books will change as we reprint.

Alpha - Questions of Life (and all booklets)
Searching Issues (and all booklets)
A Life Worth Living
Challenging Lifestyle
How to Run the Alpha Course - Telling Others
The Heart of Revival
My Whole World Jumped by Jonathan Brant


Kind Regards
STL Distribution

New from Francine Rivers

Her Mother's Hope is the new novel from acclaimed author Francine Rivers, the first of a two-part epic tale.

Releases March 2010

Click here to pre-order your copy now at the special price of £9.99 (available through all channels).

Contact your ASM for further details.

Click here to view the trailer.

Weekly Specials


Check out today's selection from our Weekly Specials - save up to 40% on the New Revised Standard Version Spiritual Formation Bible and The Happiness Secret by J.John. Please note: these offers are only available from the STL Distribution website or by calling our Orderline on 0800 28 27 28.




Kind regards,
STL Distribution blog team

PS - Don't forget there is FREE CARRIAGE on all UK orders until 31/01/10!

Monday, 25 January 2010

Weekly Specials



Today sees a new selection of Weekly Selections - we will be featuring more on our blog throughout the week. Available while stocks last - up to 45% discount.




Kind regards,
STL Distribution blog team

STOCK UPDATE! Tyndale, Zondervan, CWR & BRF

Dear Retailer

We are continuing to work hard to restock and are receiving daily deliveries from our suppliers which our warehouse team are processing as quickly as possible. The last few days have seen orders arrive from Tyndale, Zondervan, CWR and BRF with a number of key titles now available to order including;

Tyndale
9781414313573 - NTL Metal Bible - He Loves Me
9781414302065 - NLT Gift Award Bible Imitation Leather - Black
9781414336466 - NLT Gift and Award Bible - Pink PB

Zondervan
9780310266167 - Take One PB
9780310282594 - Axiom PB
9780310290742 - The Gods Aren’t Angry DVD
9780310253204 - Faith And Doubt PB
9780310278931 - Nooma: Whirlwind 024 DVD

CWR
1744011403 - Cover To Cover Every Day Mar/Apr 10
1744012203 - Lucas On Life Every Day Mar/Apr 10
1478050X03 - Inspiring Women Every Day Mar/Apr 10

Please note: CWR product may still show as 2009 on the website. The stock is 2010, but it may take a day or two for the website text to be updated.

BRF
9781841015521 - New Daylight May - August 2010
9781841015545 - Guidelines May - August 2010

We are expecting more deliveries next week and will keep you up to date with new arrivals. For the latest updates on stock availability, please visit our blog.

Visit http://www.stldistribution.co.uk/ each week for the latest special offers and don’t forget all orders in January are FREE carriage.


Kind regards
STL Distribution

Friday, 22 January 2010

Latest stock updates & special offers for this week only

Dear Friends

We are continuing to work hard to restock and are receiving daily deliveries from our suppliers. For the latest stock updates, please continue to check this blog.

New ASM Offers

Choose from some great new
ASM offers - with 38% discount on bestsellers from Zondervan, Tyndale, Thomas Nelson, Harvest House, Moody, Concorde and more. Clck here for the full range of offers. Offers are only available through the website and your Area Sales Manager.


Informix IT System Update

We are making good progress on re-establishing the Informix IT system and are aiming to have development complete by the end of February, with the testing phase planned to commence in March. We will keep you informed through emails as work progresses.


Kind Regards
STL Distribution

Weekly Specials

Today’s special offers are from two bestselling authors. First up is Michele Guinness with Woman – The Full Story, followed by John Ortberg with Faith and Doubt. Available while stocks last at 45% discount.

Click for Woman - The Full Story

Click for Faith and Doubt

Click for all Weekly Specials

Kind regards,

STL Distribution blog team

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Technical Fault with the STL Distribution search facility online

Over the past few weeks we have had problems with information updating in our website search facility.
As time has moved on the problem has become exacerbated, however our web service provider is hopeful of having a fix in place very soon.

In the mean time we thought it would be helpful to show you how you can by-pass the search – this only works is you know the ISBN/product code.

By-passing the search by adding the ISBN/code to the website address (URL) to locate the product page directly:

To do this you simply click on any product on the website (doesn’t matter which one) – my example here is the New International Version Pocket Flexibind – once the product page appears the URL shows as follows: http://www.stldistribution.co.uk/STLDSite/product/9780340523308.htm - you’ll see that there product code is there. To quickly get to a product page without navigating the website or using the search you can simply insert any product code into the URL and the product page should appear – if it doesn’t then it’s likely that the product isn’t on the website and we will need to know (please use the search.problem@stl.org email to tell us).

We’ll update you as we make progress with this problem.

For information, we posted a blog post last year to help you get the most out of the search facility -
http://stldistribution.blogspot.com/2009_08_05_archive.html it’s worth a quick look to help you get the best use out of the search (once it’s back up and running properly!)

Thanks for your patience,

Kind regards,
STL Distribution Blog Team

Tyndale titles now in!

We had a large delivery of product from Tyndale yesterday including various NLT Bibles. Titles are now on the system and available to order, including;

NTL Metal Bible – He Loves Me (9781414313573)
NLT Gift Award Bible Imitation Leather – Navy (9781414302089)
NLT Gift Award Bible Imitation Leather – Black (9781414302065)
NLT Compact Bonded Leather – Black (9781414301723)
NLT Mosaic Holy Bible HB (9781414322032)
NLT Gift and Award Bible – Pink PB (9781414336466)

We are continuing to work hard to restock and are receiving daily deliveries from our suppliers and will keep you updated as product becomes available.


Kind regards,
STL Distribution blog team

Weekly Specials


Don’t miss today’s Specials – Kidnapped by popular fiction author, Dee Henderson and New York Times bestseller, One Month to Live, by Kerry and Chris Shook. Available today at 45% discount, while stocks last.




These special offers are only available through the website or by calling Customer Services (0800 28 27 28).

Kind regards,
STL Distribution blog team

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Stock freshly arrived from Hodder


We are continuing to work hard to restock and are receiving daily deliveries from our suppliers. Hodder and Stoughton key titles arrived earlier this week and products are now available for you to order, including;

The Shack 9780340979495

Chasing The Dragon 9780340908808

Battlefield Of The Mind 9780340954225

Run Baby Run 9780340861967

The Hiding Place 9780340863534

The Reason For God 9780340979334

Start Your New Life Today 9780340979365

Your Best Life Begins Each Morning 9780446545099

The Love Revolution 9780340964743

Prayer 9780340909096

Any Minute 9780340964736

We have also received deliveries from Zondervan and Tyndale today which are currently being processed and will be available to order in the next few days.


Weekly Specials

Available now – Sunset by much-loved fiction author, Karen Kingsbury and the tragic story of the 2007 Colorado church shootings, Gone In A Heartbeat by David and Marie Works. Both titles at 45% discount, while stocks last.




Kind regards,
STL Distribution blog team

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Weekly Specials


Weekly Specials are offers available all this week, at 45% discount.

They include Riven by New York Times bestselling author, Jerry Jenkins, and the acclaimed NLT Study Bible. Both available while stocks last.




Kind regards,
STL Distribution blog team

Monday, 18 January 2010

Weekly Specials


Weekly Specials are offers available all this week, at 45% discount.

They include (while stocks last) – NKJV Triple Column Text Bible and Great Lives: Paul by Charles Swindoll, both at 45% discount.





Kind regards,
STL Distribution blog team