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At Batch, we provide cutting-edge supply chain
technology for booksellers and suppliers worldwide.

NEWS FLASH! Returns to Hachette UK Distribution

Hachette UK has built a new distribution centre and are in the process of a phased transition of publishers currently distributed by LBS. The publishers distributed by Bookpoint will begin moving to the new site in 2019.

Octopus Publishing Group moved to the new Distribution Centre on 20 August 2018, so any new Returns requests should be made to Hachette UK Distribution. All sales and returns history in Batch for Octopus has been transferred from LBS to Hachette UK. Please note: any Returns already authorised by LBS will continue to be dealt with by LBS. Little, Brown Book Group and Orion Publishing Group will move to the new distribution centre on 1 October 2018. All new Returns authorisation requests relating to Little, Brown Book Group and Orion Publishing Group should be made to the new distribution centre from 1 October. Any existing Returns authorisation requests will be dealt with by LBS for up to 3 months after the move.

Authorisation Dates

Note the next authorisation dates for Batch Payments

  • 25 September 2018
  • 27 November 2018
  • 26 December 2018
  • 28 January 2019
  • 25 February 2019
  • 26 March 2019

The October 2018 deadline is coming up in


We understand that being in the book trade can be challenging. Using Batch to take care of boring but essential administrative tasks will leave you free to focus on your business and those all-important customers.


At Batch, we are experts at building low-cost bespoke systems for retailers in the bookselling and entertainment industries. If you require electronic data to be translated automatically into a different format for your trading partners, we can handle it.


The security of your financial and business data is our top priority. Our ISO 27001 certificate ensures that your information is secure to the highest international standards.

The main strands of our business are Payments, Returns and Data Services.

The Batch Payments system reduces overheads in the supply chain and improves communication between suppliers and their customers worldwide. It was created by the Booksellers Association of the UK and Ireland in 2000 to replace the manual clearing house scheme.

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Batch Returns is an easy-to-use web interface that was specially built to cut down on waste in the supply chain. Whether you use Returns as a bookseller or a supplier, our system will put you in control: we provide the infrastructure, you make the business decisions.

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Behind the scenes, Batch works hard to manage financial and supply chain data so that publishers and booksellers can enjoy the benefits of automation. Automating processes saves time and cuts down on errors caused by manual inputting. It also lowers admin costs.

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