Ingram Content Group Inc. introduced Global Connect, a program that brings Ingram's print and distribution services to a network of book manufacturers around the world. The expanded printer network combines Ingram's print on demand (PoD) technology with further connectivity to local networks of retailers. Publishers can use the networks to access new sales channels, and can reach readers wherever they are without worrying about inventory or shipping costs thanks to PoD.
Ingram's current channels include facilities in the U.S., U.K., Australia and France, but Global Connect opens up new markets through a network of book manufacturing and distribution partners. Singular Digital, a Brazilian book manufacturer, will launch Ingram's South American expansion through its regional distribution channels. By the end of the year, the extension of Ingram's networks into Asia, Central Europe, and South America is expected to be completed.