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Thursday, 14 October 2010

John Ritchie Ltd – Trade Announcement


The past 12 months have been a period of significant growth for the Kilmarnock based company, John Ritchie Limited. As part of its ongoing business development, it acquired Penfold Card & Gift in Bicester, Eikon Bible Art and most recently the STL Distribution business in Carlisle at the start of 2010.

The priority over the first 6 months of this year was to stabilise the distribution business and carry out a strategic review of the new expanded organisation to determine its future direction.

After consultation with a small number of staff in Kilmarnock, John Ritchie Ltd is now proposing to further enhance its service to the UK Christian retail trade by integrating all Ritchie trade distribution operations into the Carlisle warehouse. This re-organisation will enable Ritchie to provide a consolidated ordering facility and more efficient supply of products to its trade customers. The existing Kilmarnock site will focus on developing its Publishing and Retailing functions.

Ken Munro, CEO of John Ritchie Ltd said: “I believe this re-organisation of activities is essential in order to improve efficiency and further enhance the excellent support for all our customers. John Ritchie Publishing enjoys an important heritage within Scotland and Northern Ireland and it is our intention to further support this core market through our retailing and publishing activities. STL Distribution offers unparalleled service levels to the UK Christian book trade. By bringing the RItchie's stock range into Carlisle we will continue to strengthen and broaden the product range we bring to market.”

The majority of stock will be transferred to Carlisle by mid-October, at which point all order enquiries should be directed to STL Distribution. Further details will follow shortly for Ritchie trade accounts that do not have accounts with STL Distribution.

Increased discounts on ASM Promotions!

50% High Discount
Increased discounts on ASM Promotions
We’re pleased to tell you we have increased the discounts on our ASM promotions. From today all U.S. ASM promotions are at 45% discount and offers are available through all channels – Web, Phone, Fax, SyneRgi and ASM – whilst stocks last. Click to view our current promotions.
This is the perfect opportunity to stock up for Christmas. If you wish to place a large order speak to your ASM to find out about further discounts on higher volume orders.

Retail Partner Christmas Promotion 2010

Retail Partner Christmas promotion
The Christmas Promotion offers are now available for Retail Partners to order. Featuring books for advent, bestsellers from top authors, children’s Christmas books, The Chronicles of Narnia, devotionals and much more, the Christmas promotion is packed with great gift ideas for your customers.

If you have not yet become a Retail Partner and would like to find out how you can join the scheme, please speak to your Area Sales Manager or call Lydia Wood on 01228 611752 to arrange for someone to visit.

45% discount on Destiny Image

All Destiny Image US product can now be ordered at 45% including bestselling titles such as:

Release The Power Of Jesus PB
Secrets To Imitating God PB
A Life Of Miracles PB
Adventures In The Prophetic PB

Available through all channels – Web, Phone, Fax, SyneRgi and ASM – whilst stocks last.

Operation World Brand New Edition

The 7th edition of Operation World launches in the US on Friday. We will be receiving stock of the paperback and hardback during the week commencing 25th October. Unfortunately publication of the paperback with CD-ROM (9781850788751) has been delayed and we don’t yet have a date for when we will be receiving these; we will communicate a delivery date as soon as we are able to.

Those of you who have pre-ordered the paperback with CD-ROM (9781850788751) may wish to order a quantity of paperbacks in the mean time. Please speak to Customer Services to review your order.

Stock Update

This week we’ve had deliveries from a number of suppliers including
Norwich B&M, Destiny Image US, CWR, Strang, Wildgoose, Kregel, Banner of Truth, Nelson, Elevation, Alban, Kingsway, Collins, CFP
and Hodder & Stoughton.

The following key titles are now on free stock and available to order:

Everything CD
God’s Love Is Unstoppable CD
Cruden’s Complete Concordance HB
Cambridge Singer’s Christmas Album CD
New Jerusalem Bible Pocket HB
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