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BIC Breakfast, November 2016 - BIC Realtime: Standards for Instant Business Message Exchange

Book Industry Communication

Thursday, 24 November 2016 from 09:00 to 10:30 (GMT)

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BIC Breakfasts 2016


Since 2013, BIC has run a series of informal, monthly breakfast sessions to provide an opportunity for anyone (BIC members and non-members alike) to discuss publishing, book supply chain issues, successes, and challenges of interest or concern within the book industry. Industry experts are invited along to these BIC Breakfasts to share insights and swap ideas.

The sessions cover a specifc topic each time and are a great place to network and share experiences / contacts with the rest of the book industry and other industries too.

Each session will focus on one of the following supply chain areas:
- Physical
- Digital
- Data
- Libraries


BIC Realtime: Standards for Instant Business Message Exchange

Sponsored by:  Bowker logo

Released in April 2016, BIC Realtime is a suite of 19 business APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) created for retailers, suppliers and data providers in order to enable immediate data exchange and facilitate instant two-way communications relating to product metadata, ordering, fulfilment, finance and returns.

This new set of XML standards has been developed to enhance existing EDI capabilities or for use as a modern alternative for new implementations within the book trade through the use of additional messages alongside traditional electronic data exchange. Using XML web communications, businesses will now be able to communicate with trading partners quicker and more effectively, getting real time replies to requests rather than having to depend on processing of data transactions in batches.

The standard business APIs now available via BIC Realtime are quick to develop, install and test. Additionally, businesses can deploy BIC Realtime solutions much more cost-effectively than traditional EDI, and trading partners will be able to support and communicate via BIC Realtime APIs swiftly and without weeks of testing.

Attend this BIC Breakfast on 24th November to find out why your organisations should adopt BIC Realtime APIs now, and hear directly from book industry professionals that have been involved in BIC Realtime since its inception; two of our speakers work for organisations that have already implemented BIC Realtime APIs into their systems and will be able to give a first-hand account of the benefits and the difference automation has made to their teams.


Alaina-Marie Bassett, Business Manager, BIC



John Garrould, ‎Head of Information Technology, Bertram Group

Francis Cave, Consultant

Simon Pallant, Digital & I.T. Services Manager, Gardners



Spaces are limited at all BIC Breakfasts and are allocated on a first-to-register basis.

If for any reason you are unable to attend this event or the event is sold-out, please be aware that it is now possible to watch our BIC Breakfasts via Twitter. Simply go to @BIC1UK, look out for a tweet from our account (which will be sent at approximately 9:25am on the date of the event) and click on the link provided in this tweet which will redirect you to Periscope in order to watch the event live!

Also, if you are not able to attend this event but have a question for one of our speakers then do get in touch. Either tweet at @BIC1UK (before or during the event) or contact Alaina-Marie Basett on (prior to the event) to have your question put to our speakers.

Food and beverages will be provided during the event. Please contact Alaina-Marie (whose email address can be found above) if you have any specific dietary requirements. 



Tickets are FREE for BIC members but you will need to register on this page.

There is a nominal charge for non-member tickets.

Please only reserve a ticket for this event if you intend to come!


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Bowker is the world's leading provider of bibliographic information management solutions designed to help publishers, booksellers, and libraries better serve their customers. The company is focused on developing various tools and products that make books easier for people to discover, evaluate, order, and experience.

Do you have questions about BIC Breakfast, November 2016 - BIC Realtime: Standards for Instant Business Message Exchange? Contact Book Industry Communication

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5th Floor
3 Dorset Rise
EC4Y 8EN London
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Thursday, 24 November 2016 from 09:00 to 10:30 (GMT)

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Book Industry Communication

BIC is an independent organisation set up and sponsored by the Publishers Association, Booksellers Association, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and the British Library to promote supply chain efficiency in all sectors of the book world through e-commerce and the application of best practice, standard processes and procedures. We have excellent relationships with all major standards bodies and we work closely with the Book Industry Study Group in the US.

BIC unites all sectors of the publishing industry, so whether you're a publisher, on-line retailer, "bricks & mortar" retailer, distributor, library (academic or public), wholesaler, digital partner, literary agent, conversion house, or any combination of these, we're here for you. We offer a "one stop shop" experience, impartial advice and support on anything & everything related to the Supply Chain (digital and/or physical) and we always love to hear from our members...and anyone who might like to become a member. Your feedback is invaluable to us.

We want to hear your ideas, what you're working on, what's challenging you right now, and what changes/developments/projects etc you think the industry might benefit from - so that we can work on your behalf to deliver solutions.

Finally, as an FYI: without neglecting the printed book world, BIC will now be focussing an increasing amount of its energy on work in the Digital Supply Chain.


Digital & Physical Supply Chain, EDI/e-commerce, Metadata optimisation, Training courses, Industry Accreditation Schemes, Product Identifiers/Bar codes/ISBNs etc..., ONIX, Bibliographic standards, RFID, BIC Codes, Web Services, Addressing industry needs, Best practice


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