Print & Distribution

Group Logistics is located in Viby and coordinates the Group’s use of printing and distribution.

Paper, print and distribution constitute a weighty cost in newspaper production and make up about half of the newspapers’ cost budget. In order to reduce costs and increase efficiency, JP/Politikens Hus has outsourced the vast majority of its printing and distribution work to various external suppliers.

This means that the Group currently only owns the Erritsø Tryk printing works. In addition, JP/Politikens Hus and Det Berlingske Officin have established distribution companies A/S Bladkompagniet and Dansk Avis Omdeling in cooperation with Syddanske Medier.

Group strategy is to work with own companies as well as using suppliers since, in the long term, this combination is known to provide the highest security, the lowest costs and the greatest flexibility.

Production digitalisation has made it possible to use various printing companies in the course of the week, and as a result, none of the group dailies use the same printer all week. In addition, the newspapers become increasingly different during the week, thus making it viable to place production where competences and equipment are best-suited for the specific product.

Distribution cooperation is not a recent phenomenon. Already in the 1980s and early 1990s when Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten printed its entire circulation in Viby and flew it to Copenhagen, the same aircraft carried the Copenhagen newspapers the other way, and several Copenhagen newspapers were transported directly from Tirstrup Airport by Jyllands-Posten’s lorries. At that time, aircraft collaboration was the exception rather than the rule, but times have changed and today it is natural that efficient printing and distribution require comprehensive cooperation. In the past decade, as a result of the successful, national cooperation on newspaper distribution, it only takes one paperboy to serve any address.

In North Jutland and Funen, our newspapers are distributed through the regional media houses while in the rest of the country the Group operates its own distribution companies together with our partners.

The Group’s printing and distribution operation is under continual development, changing from a conventional logistics department that optimises routes, to being a contract provider and supply manager finding the best combination that also considers price and quality.