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HP Reinvents Publishing Supply Chain with Print-to-Order Book Manufacturing Services
[April 11, 2018]

HP Reinvents Publishing Supply Chain with Print-to-Order Book Manufacturing Services


News highlights

  • Keep book titles in print and always available with a virtual warehouse of print-ready content
  • Manage, customize, automate, connect, and order digitally printed books from anywhere in the world
  • Leverage a worldwide, scalable, automated, and distributed digital print network
  • Fight counterfeiting by leveraging the HP Link track & trace solution

LONDON, April 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HP Inc. today at the London Book Fair introduced HP Piazza, a pioneering set of independent and interlocking cloud-based services that enable publishers to make book manufacturing and distribution more time- and cost-efficient. Now, publishers can build a virtual warehouse for the management, automation, distribution, print, and direct fulfillment of book orders, while holding zero inventory.  

A video accompanying this announcement is available at http://resource.globenewswire.com/Resource/Download/441ff3dc-5783-4dd6-a10b-25119c1b243f

“Pearson is undergoing a digital transformation to become a simpler, more efficient business and our UK book supply chain is a key part of this,” said Stephen Jones, Pearson Director of Global Direct Procurement. “We are moving from a ‘print to warehouse’ to a ‘print to order, direct to consumer’ model. Partnering with our print providers, HP Piazza will support us in managing our print workflow and optimizing our book supply chain to help reduce costs and better serve our customers.”

Piazza is the only “all-in-one” view and “control center” for publishers
Bridging the worlds of book publishing and digital book printing, the Piazza platform focuses on the needs of publishers in a world where short-run digital production is an everyday reality. With Piazza publishers can control, monetize, and secure their valuable content, while growing their revenues. Designed to connect seamlessly via PrintOS SiteFlow, this end to end workflow enables accurate, transparent SLA management, quick time to market and reduced waste.

“HP Piazza has enabled us to change the conversation and to offer solutions that have a direct impact on the publisher's bottom line, improving their profitability and efficiency,” said Rob Hutcheson, Managing Director of Ashford Colour Press, “Piazza is a gamechanger for Ashford in that we can expand our focus on supply chain initiatives and now offer true print-to-order, and book of one manufacturing. For the publishers, this means titles are always available, ‘never out of print’ and for us, exciting new opportunities to further strengthen our client relationships. Today, we are receiving hundreds of direct orders for titles stored in the Piazza repository, producing thousands of books - all printed to fulfil orders that the publisher has received, rather than to meet forecast ales.”

“In recent years, while we have seen a resurgence of the love people have for physical books, we are very aware of the continued financial pressure for publishers regarding inventory and shipping costs,” said Enrique Lores, President of HP Printing & Imaging. “With Piazza, publishers and printers can support the renewed interest in print and turn the page to a smarter future, moving from a print-to-sell model to a sold-to-print one."

Piazza is optimized for the world’s most advanced, industry-leading digital print solutions — HP PageWide Web Presses and HP Indigo Presses.? More information on HP Piazza is available at hp.com/go/PiazzaforPublishing.


More information about HP digital printing is available at hp.com/go/graphic-arts. Follow HP Graphics on FacebookTwitterYouTube and LinkedIn.

About HP

HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at http://www.hp.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If the risks or uncertainties ever materialize or the assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries (“HP”) may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions.

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Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the need to address the many challenges facing HP’s businesses; the competitive pressures faced by HP’s businesses; risks associated with executing HP’s strategy; the impact of macroeconomic and geopolitical trends and events; the need to manage third-party suppliers and the distribution of HP’s products and the delivery of HP’s services effectively; the protection of HP’s intellectual property assets, including intellectual property licensed from third parties; risks associated with HP’s international operations; the development and transition of new products and services and the enhancement of existing products and services to meet customer needs and respond to emerging technological trends; the execution and performance of contracts by HP and its suppliers, customers, clients and partners; the hiring and retention of key employees; integration and other risks associated with business combination and investment transactions; the results of the restructuring plans, including estimates and assumptions related to the cost (including any possible disruption of HP’s business) and the anticipated benefits of the restructuring plans; the resolution of pending investigations, claims and disputes; and other risks that are described in HP’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year 2017, and HP’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements. HP’s Investor Relations website at http://www.hp.com/investor/home contains a significant amount of information about HP, including financial and other information for investors. HP encourages investors to visit its website from time to time, as information is updated, and new information is posted.

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Lacey Haines, HP
lacey.haines@hp.com

www.hp.com/go/newsroom

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