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University Store Offers Convenient Rental Return Drop Off

Posted by Stephanie Kubas on 1/12/14 10:00 PM

We all know that price is essential to winning student business. And, convenience is the key to keeping it. In order to gain continued sales from any customer, you have to ensure that your store’s processes are simple and seamless for both your staff and your students; which is exactly why Stacy Elofir, director of University Store at Towson University, decided to create an after-hours drop off option for rental returns.

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Titan Shops Increases Early Rental Return by 20%

Posted by Stephanie Kubas on 12/10/13 10:00 PM

The end of the term is always a hectic time for college stores. Last semester, Titan Shops attempted to change that with a promotion that got rental books back in their hands earlier. Their simple, yet effective approach allowed them to ultimately streamline the return process and reduce the stress on their staff.

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Will The Real Textbook Industry Disruptor Please Stand Up?

Posted by admin on 11/18/13 10:00 PM

The following article was written by Alan Martin and published on

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Columbus State Community College Promotes Textbook Affordability

Posted by admin on 11/10/13 10:00 PM

In recent years, the rising cost of textbooks has caught the attention of everyone from government agencies to the media. But, college stores have been taking action against the issue for years, ensuring they offer the lowest prices possible to their students. Columbus State Community College, located in Columbus, Ohio, has been at the forefront of the movement, doing all that they can to provide the best value; and they have faculty, students, administration and, of course, bookstore staff members, involved in the effort.

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Brown University Bookstore Expands Textbook Business with RISD Partnership

Posted by admin on 8/4/13 11:00 PM

Brown University Bookstore has always had a successful textbook department. With ample space and a dedicated staff, they’ve done everything in their power to provide students with an exemplary book buying experience. But, as the industry has evolved, they too have felt the impact of online competition and shifting student preferences.

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California Bill Introduced to Terminate Textbook Sales Tax

Posted by admin on 4/7/13 11:00 PM

The following excerpt is from the article State representative introduces bill terminating textbook sales tax, written by Sydney Cohen, Aggie News Writer, for The California Aggie. To learn more about the proposed bill and what other professors had to say about it, view the full article.

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VandalStore Offers Reduced Textbook Prices by Renting Publisher Pack

Posted by Stephanie Kubas on 12/4/12 10:00 PM

VandalStore at University of Idaho has always been dedicated to offering excellent customer service and, as the collegiate retail landscape evolves, they’ve begun exploring new avenues to help them continue to excel in that area.

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University Store More Than Doubles Dollars Spent on Rental

Posted by Dean Asher on 10/21/12 11:00 PM

Since University Store at Towson University began their rental program two years ago, Stacy Elofir, director, has been strategizing ways that the store could offer their entire inventory for rent. Dedicated to offering students the best value, Elofir was determined to make the idea both financially and logistically feasible for the store.

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How to Overcome Online Retailers' Rental Programs

Posted by admin on 8/12/12 11:00 PM Inc. announced the launch of a new print textbook rental program last week. With such a significant retailer entering the rental game, it is more important than ever for college stores to offer the option to students.

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Auburn University Bookstore's Textbook Buying Guide Enhances Student Perception

Posted by Stephanie Kubas on 7/29/12 11:00 PM

When it comes to choosing the most affordable course materials, students are often confused. For years, Rusty Weldon, assistant director at Auburn University Bookstore, had tried to verbally communicate his expertise on the topic to students and their families. Dedicated to saving his customers the most money, however, he decided it was time to show them instead.

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