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Thursday, 27 January 2011

Christmas 2011 pre-order promotion and Stock Update

Christmas 2011 Promotion – Great Christmas Gifts for the Whole Family!
As you plan ahead for Christmas 2011 we have put together a selection of great books, Bibles and DVDs for all ages that can be pre-ordered now through your Area Sales Manager for delivery in September.
Offering excellent money-off prices for your customers and an average of 45% discount for you as well as 60 days credit, we hope this will take the hassle and pressure out of your Christmas ordering. Speak to your ASM for further details or go to our website (see sample below).
Please note this pre-order promotion is only available through your Area Sales Manager and the 60 days payment terms only applies to pre-orders placed via the ASM by 30th April 2011.

Stock Update
This week we’ve had deliveries from a number of suppliers including, Kevin Mayhew, Zondervan, Kingsway, CFP, Authentic, Paternoster, Scripture Union,Tyndale, Hodder & Stoughton, Broadman Holman, John Ritchie Publishing, Leprosy Mission, SPCK, EP, CWR, Integrity Music, LionHudson, Random House US, Strang, Gospel Light, BRF and Twin Sisters.

The following key titles are now in stock and available to order through the usual channels (phone/fax, web, SyneRgi and Area Sales Managers) :

9780310708254 Jesus Storybook Bible
The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven PB


The NLT Bible Promise Book For Tough Times

Her Mother’s Hope PB

The Grace Outpouring: Blessing Others Through Prayer PB

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Telephone lines restored

Our telephone lines have now been restored.

We will do our best to dispatch today telephoned orders placed by 4pm.

Once again, our apologies for any inconvenience this has caused you.

Telephone lines down – temporary fault

Our telephone lines have gone down temporarily. We are working with BT and aim to have them restored as soon as possible.
Meanwhile please feel able to order through any of our other channels:

We apologise for any inconvenience incurred.

STL Distribution

Friday, 21 January 2011

View publishers' pages | 45% discounted Winter Warmers

Publishers Featured pages on

On the website, our Publishers Featured section (shown here) represents the group of suppliers our Area Sales Team carry in their bags, highlighting the best of Christian publishing.

Each tab showcases a particular publisher’s key new releases, core stock and offers on selected ranges (example below). These pages are updated regularly to mirror the titles the Area Sales Managers are presenting each sales cycle, as well as offering quick links to Core Stock, New Titles and offers. You can also download New Title Information pdfs.

Winter Warmers with 45% discount

You can find all our latest promotions on the Promotions tab of the website. Our Winter Warmer offers are now available to order through all the usual channels (website, SyneRgi, customer services and Area Sales Managers) including 45% discount on the following:

For full details of all products in the promotion, visit

Monday, 17 January 2011

Key Appointments within the Ritchie Group

John Ritchie Ltd is delighted to announce the appointments of John O’Nions as Business Development and Strategy Director and Paul Davies as Finance Director.

John O’Nions joins the group on January 17, 2011. Until December 2010 John led the Sales and Marketing function at Lion Hudson and during his long tenure there spearheaded impressive growth in both Christian and General Market sales as well as contributing significantly to the overall direction of the Lion Hudson business as a board member.

Commenting on the appointment John Ritchie Group CEO Ken Munro said “John joins us at an exciting time in our ongoing development. After a year of consolidation and stabilisation following the acquisition of STL Distribution we are now poised for significant growth and I am confident that John will be a key contributor. His industry reputation and experience are second to none and will significantly enhance the strength of our leadership team".

Anticipating his new role with John Ritchie Ltd, John O’Nions said “I have watched the re-birth of the former STL Distribution business under John Ritchie Ltd ownership and have been increasingly impressed with the swift recovery and innovation displayed by the new business. I am therefore delighted to be joining the company at such a pivotal time and I am looking forward to contributing to its future success”.

Paul Davies joins John Ritchie Ltd having led the Finance function in a £60m business at the heart of the UK Fishing industry. As a member of the Senior Management team, Paul led a number of key change management programmes within this business, which underpinned its growth and development.

Ken Munro said “Paul’s experience and skills are well aligned to the challenges and opportunities that face the Ritchie Group at this point in our continued development. I am delighted to have someone of Paul’s calibre joining the Senior Management Team as we begin 2011.

Further strengthening the Finance function is Samantha Park who joins the Group as Management Accountant. Samantha, an Accountancy graduate, has worked on major project initiatives in the Public Sector and more recently as a key member of the Finance team at Edinburgh Woollen Mill.

John Ritchie Ltd also announces that Steve Apted, Director of Supply Chain, is leaving the business.

Steve Apted will leave the company’s employment to pursue a new opportunity nearer to his home in Milton Keynes at the end of January.
Ken Munro indicated that he understood the personal reasons behind Steve’s move and wished him well for the future. While expressing appreciation for the valuable contribution that Steve has made, he also re-iterated the company’s continued commitment to and unmatched expertise in procuring product for the Christian Book trade.
Steve Apted stated his confidence in the continued success of the business and the significant progress made over recent months to renew and rebuild a vital component of the Trade in the UK. He also stated how much he had enjoyed his time with John Ritchie Ltd and his belief that an efficiently run Supply Chain will continue to provide a solid foundation for the ongoing growth of the business and will ensure effective future service to its many valued customers.


17th January 2011

Friday, 14 January 2011

48% discount on Bibles plus more Winter Warmers

Spring Bible Re-stock – 48% discount
In response to what has been a tough Christmas on the High Street, STL Distribution is offering some New Year cheer to retailers with this fantastic offer on Bibles that will allow you to be price competitive with the internet and the rest of the High Street!

Including the following key products:
9780840717825 King James Authorised Nelson
9781414338637 One Year Bible
9781414314129 NLT One Year Bible For Women
NLT Compact Leatherlike
KJV Teen Study Bible Orange/Fudge
KJV Single Column Bible PB

Available through your Area Sales Manager, Phone/Fax, Email, SyneRgi or the website. Click here to download an order form. Available while stocks last.

Winter Warmers
Our latest Winter Warmer promotions are now available to order through all the usual channels
(Area Sales Managers, Phone/Fax, Email, SyneRgi, website) including 45% discount on the following:

For full details of all products in the promotion, visit

Praise Gathering intro offer extended!
We’re pleased to tell you the introductory offer of £9.99 on Praise Gathering’s Glory To Our God PGMCD101 has been extended until 31st March 2011.

Available now through all the usual channels (Area Sales Managers, Phone/Fax, Email, SyneRgi, website)

Best regards

STL Distribution

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Penfold Card and Gift moving to Carlisle

As part of the consolidation of John Ritchie Ltd. businesses, Penfold Card & Gift product is now solely available through STL Distribution in Carlisle. Penfold Card & Gift, who have been producing and selling quality Christian gift product to the UK market for 25 years, was acquired by John Ritchie Ltd. in May 2009. With John Ritchie Ltd’s acquisition of STL Distribution in December 2009, all wholesale operations for the entire John Ritchie Ltd. group are being centralised in Carlisle. Penfold’s cards and gifts have been transferring from Bicester to Carlisle over the last few weeks, with full availability expected by end-January 2011

Michael J. Penfold
, Divisional Director, Penfold Card & Gift said, "Moving Penfold Card & Gift into the STL Distribution warehouse in Carlisle will greatly enhance what we can do for our customers in terms of speed of despatch, visibility on the STL Distribution website, access to gift and card data through SyneRgi, and product showcasing in the STL Distribution monthly Bulletin. We are delighted to start 2011 with these new capabilities at our disposal, as we continue to serve the Christian trade with our creative range of cards and gift. Having all wholesale parts of the Ritchie Group under one roof, including Penfold Card & Gift, will prove hugely beneficial to all our customers."

Mark Hurley
, Director of Sales & Marketing at STL Distribution, said, “Penfold Card & Gift have been successfully providing gift product for a number of years and we are very pleased, as a result of the restructuring of the John Ritchie Ltd. group, to be able to supply their complete catalogue to the trade. All gift and card products within our group will now come under the Penfold banner and be supplied out of Carlisle.”
Penfold Card & Gift’s products will be available for the trade to order through all the usual channels (Phone/Fax, Email, Web and SyneRgi). Your Area Sales Manager will continue to profile all Penfold lines.

For further information, please contact Michael Penfold or Mark Hurley
Click here to see the full selection of Penfold cards.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Fed Ex deliveries - afternoon Monday delivery update

Our UK delivery service (FedEx) has given us the news update below.

The following depots have reported incidences of severe weather throughout their region, therefore deliveries will be affected:- Cumbernauld (60), Cowdenbeath (86), Dundee (61), Kendal (52), Gretna (54), Aberdeen (62/67/69)

Knaresborough (48) have advised that their vehicle covering route 17 has broken down, therefore deliveries to YO19 and YO41 may be affected.

Fareham (11/84) has advised that their vehicle covering postcodes SP1 and SP4 has broken down, therefore deliveries may be affected.

Camberley (18) have advised that the Bagshot road into Bracknell has been closed resulting in severe congestion on surrounding routes, therefore deliveries to RG postcodes may be affected.

If you have any queries regarding the above please email

Kind Regards,
STL Distribution blog team

Friday, 7 January 2011

Happy New Year and 45% DISCOUNT Winter Warmer Promotions

Happy New Year!
We hope you’ve had a very blessed Christmas and New Year and we look forward to serving you in your ministry in the coming year.

Check Out Our 45% Discount Winter Warmers!

Our latest Winter Warmer promotions are now available to order through all the usual channels (website, SyneRgi, customer services and Area Sales Managers) including 45% discount on Top 10 Thomas Nelson Books and Zondervan KJV Bestsellers. For full details of all products in the promotion, visit


Zondervan KJV bestseller

The STL Distribution Golden Ticket promotion is taking a break!

The STL Distribution Golden Ticket promotion is taking a short break - there will be no Golden ticket in parcels during January. The good news is that it will be back in 2011 so keep an eye out on our website/blog or emails to see when it will return.

STL Distribution’s Golden Ticket is a give-away, in one randomly selected order over the value of £250. The ticket will entitle the customer to place an order free-of-charge with STL Distribution, up to the invoice value of £500. A silver ticket will be placed in an order over the value of £150 entitling the winner to place an order free of charge up to the value of £300 and a bronze ticket placed in an order over £75 entitling the winner to place an order free of charge up to the value of £150