Send the Light Distribution Confirms Closing
Days after first reported by Christian Retailing, Send the Light (STL) Distribution confirmed its closing in an email to stores last night and on its website this morning with a very short note:
Needless to say, this will be devastating to small stores in the U.S. who used the distributor to consolidate orders through a single source, avoiding the paperwork and freight costs associated with dealing with individual publishers. Also affected are:
- Canadian Stores: Many of the small publishers STL carried have no representation here; the company was also a good source for non-book items that Ingram (Spring Arbor) won’t ship to Canada.
- Homeschoolers: It has to be presumed at this point that HomeSchoolCatalog.org is also shutting down
- Independent Publishers: This will hit former Advocate Distribution publishers hard, and as we’ve indicated elsewhere on the blog, if they choose Ingram Publisher Services, they’ve lost smaller stores like ours who have had our discount yanked for not reaching Ingram’s $5K (US) minimum.
- Remainder Booksellers: Again, presumably Great Value Books (GVB) is also closing.
Not too long ago STL had moved into a new warehouse, and recently folded GVB into the larger company. Operations were streamlined, efficient and of great benefit to stores like ours.
We pray for the staff and management of STL in this time of transition, and for the many categories of people listed above who must now find other means of getting requested products.
A consumer-interest version of this story has been posted to our parent blog, Thinking Out Loud