The Kommissionshaus Buch & Ton (Book & Audio Commissioning Company) is the nucleus of Bertelsmann’s modern-day logistics and services business.
With the official establishment of the Kommissionshaus Buch & Ton in 1959, Bertelsmann takes a step whose ramifications for the company cannot be foreseen at this point. At first the Kommissionshaus is only responsible for shipping books and records for Bertelsmann’s Lesering, Schallplattenring and publishers, but more and more third-party publishers are added over the years. Renamed Vereinigte Verlagsauslieferung (VVA) in 1968, the company quickly develops into one of the leading distribution companies for publishers in the German-speaking countries. In the 1970s, the company begins expanding abroad. Today Arvato Supply Chain Solutions is the internationally leading provider of order-to-cash solutions for end customer-oriented industries with 85 locations in over 20 countries.