Waterstone’s managing director Dominic Myers has made his first structural change in how the business operates, since taking over in January, moving away from a category management system of book buying while giving stores back some of their buying power. . . . Myers has restructured the 18-strong buying team to concentrate buying on either range or campaign stock. Previously the buyers bought individual categories across frontlist and backlist. . . . The new buying approach is being rolled out to stores from this week and Waterstone’s hopes the system will be fully implemented by May. The biggest change for stores will be that each branch will be able to buy books according to their local market.I look forward to seeing this decentralization reflected in their Glasgow stores.
31 March 2010
According to an article in the Bookseller the other day: