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Why CBL is the right choice for you...

What sets CBL apart from other distributors...

CBL Distribution Ltd offers clients a triple advantage: increased profits, flexibility, and experience. With a track record of boosting publisher profits through increased sales, cost reduction, and heightened awareness, we're a trusted partner for expanding market share.

Our key strength lies in flexibility, tailoring solutions to meet unique client needs, whether in distribution channels, direct fulfilment or specialist non-traditional opportunities

Backed by a team of seasoned industry professionals, with an average of over 20 years of experience each, we provide reliable support in navigating the complexities of book distribution.

Whether you're a publisher seeking growth or a business aiming for expertise-driven success, choose CBL Distribution Ltd for the optimum results in today's competitive market.

Services to publishers, regardless of size...

  • Full sales support.

  • Full warehousing and distribution.

  • Selective range book distribution to enable market optimisation.

  • Sales reporting and invoicing.

  • Delivery to other distributors/wholesalers/retailers throughout Europe.

  • Consistently maintain very low return rates, averaging under 5%, thanks to our stringent stock control and efficient management practices.

What we can do for you

What our service includes:

  • Automated sales & stock reports: Receive up-to-date sales records via email, EDI, or FTP automatically.

  • 24hr dispatch: Most orders dispatched within 24 hours of receipt to ensure maximised sales.

  • Consumer direct fulfillment: Full range of services enabling publishers to have books sent worldwide to both businesses and direct to consumer.

  • Sales support: Dedicated team managing book trade & specialist sales for wholesalers, online retailers, training houses, educational institutions, and more.

  • Warehousing: Flexible stockholding options, from limited to over 50 pallets, available at our UK distribution centres.

  • Customer service: Fully trained staff ready to assist with any enquiries or special requests, including event or author signing stock needs.

  • Coordinated relations: Conducting regular meetings between CBL and publishers to discuss upcoming projects and explore collaboration opportunities, enhancing communication and trust.

What other services can we offer?

CBL offers a very competitive Customer Direct Fulfilment (CDF) service. Orders are accepted 24/7 via email, FTP, EDI, or Tradacoms, with API integrations available upon request.

We are also able to create and manage an E-commerce sales platform for you. Using a tried and tested backend system, while customising the frontend to bespoke specifications which match your own branding. 

In addition to our capabilities in virtual sales environments, we can make attendances at selected trade shows to represent your product range.

A simple arrangement

Straightforward terms:

We operate a simple model, primarily involving a flat percentage-based discount off the recommended retail price (RRP), with no other distribution costs other than a small storage fee.

Stock is normally held on a consignment basis and CBL will provide monthly/quarterly statements of sales and other management information. Invoicing will be against net sales achieved each month/quarter.

CBL must be registered with Nielsen as the Trade Distributor within the United Kingdom for a minimum term of 12 months.

Customer services 

Playing a pivotal role in ensuring seamless operations and client satisfaction.

  • Coordinating with logistics teams to ensure timely delivery of books to designated distribution centres, retail outlets and trade venues.

  • Liaising with event organizers to confirm delivery logistics and any specific requirements.

  • Providing post-delivery support, such as handling enquiries about product quality, returns, or any other customer concerns, ensuring a positive and hassle-free experience.

Our support & service teams

Warehousing & fufillment

Managing our shipping and logistical operations.

  • Dispatching up to 100,000 books per day on behalf of client publishers to multiple address.

  • Our storage facilities are safe, secure and fully insured.

  • We implement the latest technologies and constantly updated systems in our storage and distribution centres to ensure seamless compatibility with customer and freight service interfaces.

  • Custom over-labeling of books for special events, ensuring accurate branding and presentation tailored to the occasion.

  • Handling flyer insertions into book shipments, enhancing promotional efforts and customer engagement.

Information technology

Our dedicated responsive IT team specializes in technological solutions for optimizing sales and distribution processes.

  • Managing the submission of ONIX and P&A feeds to Nielsen, ensuring accurate and up-to-date metadata for improved visibility and discoverability of books in the market.

  • Implementing automated data feed submissions to major online and offline retailers where appropriate, facilitating seamless inventory management and expanding sales channels for publishers' books.

  • Developing a managed website tailored for retail sales of publishers' books, providing a user-friendly interface and secure transactions to enhance the online shopping experience.

  • Skilled in a diverse array of other digital disciplines, including database management, SEO practices and graphic design.

Get in touch.

Alex Robertson

Business Development Director
0121 608 3949

Pippa Simpson

Sam Rumbelow Grange

Our Sales Team


CBL Distribution Ltd. 2024

Registered in England No: 9027903. VAT No: GB 186 4527 76

Registered Office:
CBL Suite, Cambrai Court, 
1229 Stratford Road, Hall Green,
Birmingham, B28 9AA,
United Kingdom

Tel. 0121 608 3950
CBL Suite, Cambrai Court,
1229 Stratford Road, Birmingham
B28 9AA, United Kingdom

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