US investment in book distribution depot in Tendring

Distribution centrePenguin Random House (PRH) the US owned company is expanding its book distribution depot to create 100 new jobs in Tendring. Penguin Random House, "the world's first truly global trade book" publisher, continues to see the UK as an ideal location for their business.

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Expanding premises in Essex

Penguin Random House

A hundred jobs are to be created in Frating, in one of the largest warehouses in Tendring, in an expansion of Penguin’s book distribution depot. New positions to be created during 2017 will be across distribution, customer services, credit services and technology.

The Book Service (TBS) in Frating will take over the distribution of Penguin and DK titles in 2017/18. TBS distribution centre has been at the Colchester Road site for more than 20 years. It is responsible for distributing books published by the Penguin Random House Group. In addition to book distribution, it is also home to some finance and technology departments. In total, some 600 staff are employed there, with additional seasonal agency staff during busy periods such as the run up to Christmas.

 “The Book Service in Frating is key to ensuring that the millions of best sellers published in the UK each year by Penguin Random House are delivered to readers across the county and this expansion will ensure that we continue to meet the demand of our customers and readers”.

Spokesperson, Penguin Random House

Distribution depot for UK customers 

At the end of last year, Penguin Random House announced it would move from three distribution depots to two in Frating and Grantham. The Frating depot is one of two distribution depots responsible for handling about 140 million books a year which reach bookshops and customers around the UK. Bestsellers which have been packed and distributed by the Frating depot this year include the worldwide number one by Paula Hawkins, The Girl on a Train, and books by authors such as Lee Child, Jilly Cooper, Bill Bryson and Guy Martin.

About Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House comprises the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S, U.K, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and worldwide. The company employs more than 10,000 people globally across five continents. It comprises almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

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Robert Edge
Robert Edge

Inward Investment Manager (UK Multimodal Gateway:Essex)

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Following a ten year career with a major Colchester freight forwarder shipping everything from confectionery to oxygen plants, Robert has spent almost 15 years in inward investment promotion. Having had experience in China, India and the Middle East, Robert leads on the logistics and renewables sector.