Almost two years after the U.K. was left with one major wholesaler following the bankruptcy of Bertrams in June 2020, Ingram will launch a wholesale business there. Currently, Gardners is the lone major wholesaler. The news was first reported in the U.K.'s the Bookseller, which noted that Ingram already offers distribution and print-on-demand services in the country. A spokesperson told PW Ingram would provide more details on the new business at a latter date, and sent the same statement that was issued to the Bookseller.
In a quote from David Taylor, senior v-p, Ingram Content Group UK, the company said it was "pleased to be able to confirm that Ingram is establishing a UK-based wholesale offer for books for any title that we can supply from our Milton Keynes’ operations. We will launch the full service in September 2022. Booksellers who already use Ingram Wholesale from our US base will be able to order using our ipage or EDI ordering systems. We have already had many conversations with publishers, distributors, and booksellers as we build and test our model and we’re very happy with the response thus far."