Retail Trends

A Head of Lettuce and a College Kiosk

Lettuce. College rental kiosks. MBS Wholesale Rep Rob Heller connects these two very different things in his latest post. Find out how:

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ISU Cross-Promotes like Crazy on inSite

From binders art supplies, Iowa State University Bookstore cross-merchandises on their website and sees big results. See how you can, too:

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3 Offbeat Marketing Tactics to Try

Want a great way to get your store noticed? Just step outside the box! Next time your team is brainstorming marketing moves, stretch your creative muscles and come up with something unique, memorable and (most importantly) fun! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

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Scaring Up More Business in October

What’s a holiday that practically screams low-stress fun? Why, Halloween, of course! And with estimated Halloween spending reaching around $7.4 billion this year, getting into the spirit may be a great way to boost your sales. Here are some easy ways to get you started:

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A Little Bit Extra Goes a Long Way

College stores may have an edge when it comes to getting to know their customers. Depending on your campus structure, it’s more than likely that you’re going to see the same faces coming in to your store- especially if you go out of your way to let students and faculty know how much you appreciate them. Check out a few simple strategies to show them that they count:

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Window Display Tips to Get Customers Inside

Your windows aren’t for staff to look out. They’re for getting customers to look — and come — in. See how:

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What type of retail associates does your store have?

There are four types of retail associates. Find out which types your store employs:

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Pinning Leads to Winning (Sales)

Does your store have a Pinterest account? Creating boards for special events like sales, parties and contests can help spread the word and increase traffic for your store. We found some great tips to have you pinning like a pro in no time! Learn more:

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Only 118 Days till Christmas!

It may still be unbearably hot outside, but make no mistake: Winter is coming. And with it, the holiday sales season. Although you’ve still got months to go, you should start working out your sales strategy now. Here are some solid reasons to start planning today:

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Flash Back, Boost Sales

If you’ve been wondering about the profusion of ’90s fashion popping up all over campus for the past few years, you’re not alone. It turns out that neon everything, flowery dresses and fanny packs (ahem, belt bags) have been resurrected with a very deliberate purpose: to separate millennials from their money. Learn more about why this strategy works:

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