Books-A-Million to install Espresso Book Machines in-store
Birmingham, Ala. — Books-A-Million has teamed with On Demand Books to put Espresso Book Machines in BAM’s Portland, Maine, store; a second store is slated for installation at a later date.
The Espresso Book Machine is a digital-to-print retail solution that produces a bookstore-quality paperback with color cover, in any standard trim size, at point of sale. The content is fed to the machine via EspressNet, On Demand Books’ growing digital network of titles. These titles are available through partnerships with Google, Lightning Source, Harper Collins, Hachette, Penguin, Macmillan, McGraw Hill, and others, and include content from publishers like Random House, W.W. Norton, and Simon & Schuster.
Like iTunes for books, EspressNet retrieves, encrypts, transmits, and catalogs books from a multitude of English and foreign language content providers (including public domain, in copyright, and self-published). Through the SelfEspress software, writers can format, design, edit, and upload their book for printing and inclusion on the EBM catalog, as well as convert the print file to an .epub format suitable for e-readers. Xerox manages the worldwide service for the Espresso Book Machines.
“This offering means something special for BAM customers, who will now have access to a virtual inventory of seven million titles instantly available to them,” said Terrance G. Finley, CEO of Books-A-Million.
NFL to set up e-commerce shop in Chinese market
New York — The National Football League has signed an exclusive agreement with Export Now to establish an official online store in China. Similar to its current U.S. e-commerce store, NFLShop.com, the China iteration will sell apparel, equipment and accessories branded with the logos of the NFL and its 32 teams over an e-commerce platform on China’s Tmall.com business-to-consumer website.
The new online store is slated to debut in September, in time for the 2013 NFL season.
"Export Now offers the NFL the ability to accelerate our international development and expand our access to the Chinese consumer market," said Richard Young, managing director of NFL China. "NFL products are becoming increasingly popular around the world. We are excited at the opportunity to increase the availability of our teams’ apparel, equipment and accessories and serve our fans in China."
This is the NFL’s first online store catering to China’s vast market.
Red Robin names chief people officer
Greenwood Village, Colo. — Red Robin Gourmet Burgers has named Cathy Cooney as senior VP and chief people officer of the burger chain. Cooney will be responsible for leading the development and execution of human resource strategies.
Before joining Red Robin, Cooney served as executive VP of human resources for Carefusion, a $4 billion medical technology company.