The Perseus Books Group has become latest company to find a way to speed shipments to accounts. In an agreement reached with FedEx, beginning October 19 Perseus anticipates that bookstores and other outlets will receive shipments within an average of two days once books are sent from Perseus’s Jackson, Tenn. distribution center.

“We are paying more attention than ever to our systems and logistics,” said Perseus CEO David Steinberger in a statement. “We have heard from our partners at the ABA that getting books back into stores rapidly and consistently makes a world of difference in growing sales for both the stores and for publishers. We’re extremely pleased to be getting books back into the market, onto bookstore shelves and into readers’ hands more quickly.”

ABA CEO Oren Teicher said programs that can quickly replenish inventory “are a win/win for booksellers and publishers and help us sell more books.”

Under the new program, most orders received electronically by Perseus by 12 p.m. EST, via services such as Pubnet and PubEasy, will ship the next business day.