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Aria Media and Publishing Suite (AMPS) - Distribution Management

Overview

The Distribution Management component of AMPS is key to handling the physical distribution of newspapers (or magazines) to subscribers. The component allows the customer to register several different addresses and freely move the distribution between these addresses. At the appropriate time, the address changes are sent to the distribution company, which in turn manages the physical distribution.

Distribution Management

Distribution Management provides the following capabilities:

  • Registration of addresses – AMPS allows subscribers to register several addresses, between which delivery can change. The registered addresses are maintained and available for use until deleted by the subscriber. Each address is assigned a client-defined address type, allowing the subscriber to apply a common reference to an address. Each address consists of information such as name, multiple address lines, street name, street number, flat number, flat specification, floor, entrance number, etc. 
  • Change of address – AMPS allows subscribers to change the delivery address for individual subscriptions. The change of address is date-effective and future changes are welcome. If required, the subscriber can also stop the delivery from a given date and then restart delivery after that. The subscriber can have multiple delivery addresses for a single title, if there is no overlap in publication days as a title can only be delivered to the subscriber once a day. 
  • Distribution of delivery addresses – AMPS integrates seamlessly with the distribution company that handles the physical delivery of the newspaper (or magazine) to the subscriber. Delivery is either by messenger, via post or via airmail as required by the client. The distribution company determines the best delivery option for each delivery address, unless a specific method has been selected. Integration to the distribution company is customized for each client. 

The Distribution Management component consists of the services, reports and sub flows shown in the below diagram.

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The services, reports and sub flows are described below:

  • Scheduler – a schedule batch job that runs daily and checks whether a distribution file needs to be generated for a title. 
  • Updater – a service that receives request to produce a distribution file for a title. Is invoked either by the batch process or via UI call. 
  • Log Update – a sub flow that updates the distribution log when it starts and ends.
  • Generate DI File – a sub flow that generates the distribution file in Distribution Innovation (DI) format. The file is in XML. 
  • Retrieve Addresses – a service that retrieves and presents all addresses registered for a subscriber.
  • Manage Addresses – a service that lets the user add, modify or remove addresses registered on a subscriber. 
  • Retrieve Address Changes – a service that retrieves and presents all address changes scheduled for a given subscriber and/or title. Both historical and future address changes are presented. 
  • Change Address – a service that registers one or more future address changes for a subscriber and/or title. 
  • Retrieve Address Types – a service that retrieves and presents all address types defined in the system.
  • Manage Address Types – a service that let the user add, modify or remove address types from the system. 
  • Details Report – a report that shows the details of a distribution for a given title. 
  • Summary Report – a report that shows the summary of all distributions done in a date range. 
  • Stop Distribution – a sub flow used to stop all active distributions for either the entire account or for a given subscription. The process only updates the address changes ready for distribution. The customer preferences are not updated. 
  • Address Change Processor – a batch process that collects all address changes and enables them for distribution to the distribution company. 

Note: See "Interface and Integration Definitions for Distribution Management" for the API methods used for Distribution Management when integrating with AMPS.

 

 


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