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Untether Your Point of Service with the MBS POS on Microsoft Surface Pro

Posted by Dean Asher on 11/21/16 5:00 AM

Working at a college store requires being on the move. We understand that there are opportunities and events outside the bookstore, and our mobile POS is designed to free you from traditional retail boundaries, expanding your sales floor to wherever your customers are.

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Thinking Outside the Walls: 3 Tips to Select the Right Mobile POS for Your Store

Posted by Dean Asher on 11/9/16 12:00 PM

Your store doesn't have to end at your four walls. To remain more competitive, increase brand awareness and boost your customer base, you need to be mobile.

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See How Easy Retail Can Be [eBook]

Posted by Dean Asher on 10/28/16 12:19 PM

You work in a complicated industry, but it doesn't have to be any harder than necessary. Just take it from the UU Bookstore.

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What the MBS Field Force Learned to Help Your Store

Posted by Dean Asher on 10/24/16 9:54 AM

Last week, MBS Textbook Exchange held its annual Sales Meeting in Columbia, Missouri for our field force to learn about upcoming services and refresh themselves on strategies. Here's the recap of what happened:

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The MBS Systems Dashboard — Making Your Tough Decisions Easy as Pie

Posted by Jason Smallheer on 9/22/16 5:00 AM

You make business decisions daily, sometimes based on a gut feeling or a dinner conversation from the night before. How much product should I order? What will my sales look like tomorrow? Do I have enough people on the schedule? Making the wrong call can not only cost you money, it can lay the foundation for you going out of business.

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Arc: Flexibility that Promotes Productivity [Video]

Posted by Dean Asher on 7/6/16 5:00 AM

With our roots running deep in the textbook business, MBS strives to make life in the hectic world of college retail easier for its partner stores. That goal was a guiding principle behind Arc, our latest innovation that puts all of your retail management tools in one single-portal access point. In this video, see what UCM Store Director Charlie Rutt had to say about the time savings and flexibility Arc will present for his store.

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MBS: The Story So Far [Video]

Posted by Dean Asher on 3/29/16 11:30 PM

Today, MBS is known across North America as a leading wholesaler and systems developer for college stores. But did you know that before we had hundreds of thousands of titles on hand in a 350,000-square-foot warehouse, there was a time when we were just two full-time employees in an old grocery store?

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Arc Steals the Show at CAMEX

Posted by Dean Asher on 3/16/16 9:44 AM

Vice President of MBS Customer Relations Sarah Shiflett has seen a lot of positive reactions over the years she's given product demos and feature presentations. She's seen smiles, she's heard applause and cheers, but she'd never seen the level of excitement she witnessed at CAMEX.

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Small Business Trends & How MBS Can Help You Take Advantage of Them

Posted by Joe Clarkin on 3/1/16 10:00 PM

The task of running a small business is continually changing in this tech-heavy era of social media and smartphones. This new generation shops in significantly different ways than their parents, and as a result, they have very dissimilar expectations when they walk in a store like your own. There are a number of things that you need that simply weren’t necessary as recently as a few years ago.

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Spring Foreword with Arc, P2PE and Sourcing

Posted by Joe Clarkin on 2/9/16 10:00 PM

MBS is very excited to announce our latest innovation: Arc.

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