Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Friday, September 09, 2016
Stock Control: Santa's Trauma
from The Read, Booksellers NZ
by Marcus Greville
New title buying, appropriate stock levels, returns, replacing titles after sales, rotating displays – pretty dull, right? Well, sure… if you say it like that, but stock control lies at the heart of a successful bookshop, and Christmas is the most important time to have those particular ducks in a row. If there’s an overarching theme these conversations produced it’s that safety is not guaranteed, and complacency cannot be abided. This week The Read talked to James Grant (Co-owner Paper Plus South City, Merivale, and Hornby), Peter Rigg (Owner Page & Blackmore), Carolyn Alexander (Manager, Unity Books Auckland) and Dylan Sherwood (Assistant Manager, Unity Books Wellington) about perfect buying, perfect stock management, and perfect sales in the face of Christmas. And how that just isn’t a thing.