|October 28, 2010|
AACE has entered into a partnership agreement with Amazon and Lands End to provide members with the convenience and selection of two of the world’s largest online retailers. Effective immediately, AACE will discontinue offering books it does not publish online but instead will act as an aggregator of cost engineering books for Amazon.
“Amazon’s inventory and efficiency provides economies of scale that cannot be matched by AACE or any professional association. Rather than have members purchase books from us at a higher price than on Amazon, we believe our members and the AACE mission is best served by our staff focusing areas where we can provide a unique value added to our members and stakeholders,” commented Dennis Stork, AACE Executive Director. The AACE web site now directs individuals to Amazon where they may order books directly. Click here to see that section of the web site.
Stork notes that AACE entered into a similar agreement with Lands' End to supply logo merchandise. “As one of the most respected leaders in business attire, our partnership with
Lands' End will allow members to purchase clothing and other items in a wide range of sizes and colors. Their customizing on demand model will provide greater choice at a lower cost to our members interested in proudly displaying their AACE affiliation.” Click here to see the
Lands' End section of the web site.
Stork stated that AACE will move to a just in time publishing model for the books it prints in 2011. “Combined, these strategies will reduce costs for our members while allowing staff to focus our attention on core services such as membership, education, certification, technical communications and our annual meeting. This added focus should yield better services and improved customer service in the future,” he concluded.
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