CBL | Book distribution

CBL Distribution is able to offer various services to publishers regardless of size, these include:


  • Full warehousing and distribution

  • Selective range book distribution to enable market optimisation 

  • Accurate sales reporting and invoicing

  • Delivery to other distributors/wholesalers/retailers throughout Europe 

  • Sales support

Below is an outline of the services we offer – to find out more please contact us either by phone (+44) 121 608 3950 or email

What does CBL offer that other distributors do not?

Profit growth, Flexibility & Experience. CBL has increased the profits for most of the publishers for whom we distribute be it via increasing sales, eliminating costs or raising awareness. We’re flexible, special requirements are always catered to where possible. We’re experienced - most of CBL’s team have worked for over 20 years in trade distribution.

What terms would CBL need??

CBL terms are very simple – mainly the terms consist of a flat % based discount off RRP:

Terms – Required discount and credit terms will be agreed on a case-by-case basis. CBL must be lodged with Nielsen as the Trade Distributor for at least the United Kingdom for a minimum 12 months term.

When do you pay me for sales made?

All stock is 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 and within the credit terms agreed.

How long would setup take?

If you’re ready we are – we can often setup within a week.

What other services can CBL provide?

Website Fulfilment (CDF) & Website Integration – CBL provides one of the most competitive CDF (Customer Direct Fulfilment) services in the industry – With rates starting from £0.50 per item service fee and opportunities for this to be fully automated. Orders can be placed 24/7 via email, FTP, EDI, tradacoms – alternatively API integrations are available on request. Learn more.

OTO (Only to Order) Stock Management – Of particular interest to non-UK based publishers, CBL can record backorders for particular titles not deemed popular enough to hold UK stocks of and forward these onto the publisher weekly/biweekly for shipment to us. This allows publishers to have their full range on sale in Europe without needing to store copies of every title here.

Consultancy Services (via PCG) – Find out more about how CBL’s partner PCG can grow your revenues with Strategic Management and Content Services within the Education and Academic genres.

What our service includes:

Automated client sales & stock reports – Up to date records of sales sent automatically via email, EDI or FTP.
24hr dispatch – Most goods dispatched within 24 hours of order receipt.
One CDF (Customer Direct Fulfilment) service fee – From £0.50 per item – This fee includes picking, packaging & a branded dispatch label, more options available on request. Additional items charged from only £0.10 per extra item.
Sales support - We have a dedicated sales and account management team dealing with both book trade & specialist sales. From the major wholesalers, online and bricks & mortar retailers, training houses, businesses, educational establishments and specialist retailers, i.e. zoos.
Warehousing – From limited stockholding to 50 pallets+ CBL hold stock in our UK distribution centre.
Customer services staff on hand – Fully trained staff available to assist with any issues or special requests such as needing stock for an event or author signing.

How to start using our service?

Simply contact us to give us an outline of your requirements – Subject to the agreement of terms our aim would be to commence setup immediately.

Tel: (+44) 121 608 3950 or email

Key contacts

Alex Robertson

Business Development Director

Pippa Simpson

National Account Manager

Contact us today

CBL Distribution Ltd

CBL Suite

Cambrai Court

1229 Stratford Road

Hall Green


B28 9AA

Tel  +44 [0] 121 608 3950

Fax +44 [0] 121 608 3958

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Customer Support Opening Hours:

Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:30pm.