Network Bulletin no. 09-26
Date: September 22, 2006
Subject: Q4 2009 DTB Machine Distribution
Index Term: DTBM distribution
The accompanying table shows the scheduled distribution of digital talking-book
players to machine-lending agencies (MLA) for the fourth quarter of 2009 and early
This table is broken into superlots of ten regular lots and represents approximately
three weeks of production.
The contractor, Shinano Kenshi, has scheduled delivery for October and November.
These shipments are expected to comprise twenty three lots of standard players and
seven lots of advanced players.
Players arrive at the contractor's facility in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and are
accepted by NLS in lots of 1,440. On average, for every four lots of standard players
there is one lot of advanced players.
Lots are expected to arrive approximately weekly from Japan by sea. Players will be
distributed according to the schedule, following NLS's quality assurance inspection
All MLAs will receive players at least once per month; however they may not
receive players from every weekly shipment. Please note that the minimum shipment
is one overpack of eight players and as such there may be a variance in the number
of players sent to MLAs from one superlot to the next. In aggregate, the proportion
of players to MLAs is based on readership.
Chief, Materials Development Division
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