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Gaming: The Sport People Forget

Posted by T.A. Nathan on 10/16/19 8:00 AM

Twenty years ago, if you called video gaming a sport, people would think… why? It would sound outlandish that video games would become so prominent in society that they’re considered a professional sport. Times have changed as esports are here and they aren’t going away anytime soon. Worldwide viewer counts exceed nearly all traditional sports. The purview of gaming used to be a group of nerdy kids hanging out together in their parent’s basement with snacks and sodas, playing the latest game in a LAN party. Now gaming tournaments take place on massive stages before a cheering audience.

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Navigating Complex Course Material Trends [White Paper]

Posted by Liz Schulte on 10/14/19 6:00 AM

Course materials are a vital part of education. Without the necessary materials for class, student performance suffers, and students can easily fall behind. This is one of the reasons why college affordability and textbook affordability are such important issues in higher education. The “Navigating Complex Course Material Trends” white paper gives your campus store a complete guide to today’s most effective cost-saving solutions.

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Turn Your Campus Bookstore into a NaNoWriMo Workshop

Posted by T.A. Nathan on 10/9/19 9:00 AM

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is on the horizon. Students will flock to their pens and keyboards to work on their submission, however, one thing every NaNoWriMo participant needs is a quiet place to write. This is a great opportunity for campus bookstores to connect with students and offer helpful resources for NaNoWriMo prep.

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WCU Bookstore Wins Big With Catamount Fans

Posted by Lori Reese on 10/7/19 8:00 AM

Western Carolina University Bookstore found a stadium solution in the MBS Microsoft® Mobile Surface Pro POS system. With the Surface Pro, the MBS system becomes a fully portable point of service. This allows the WCU campus store to stock a wider variety of merchandise at its stadium shops, and it streamlines inventory planning. Even better, it lets associates provide a more customer-focused experience for the diverse community of Catamount fans who throng the stadium on game days — including campus VIPs.

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Arc 101 - Applications, Analysis and Maximum Productivity

Posted by T.A. Nathan on 10/2/19 8:00 AM

Arc, or Advanced Retail Center, functions as a hub managing textbook and merchandise inventory, invoice and sales processing, monthly accounting and analyzing store data. Its interface allows you to find the information you need quickly. Below, find ways to speed up your workflow with Arc.

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How a Strong Adoptions Process Gives a Campus Store the Competitive Edge

Posted by Lisa Gray on 9/30/19 8:00 AM

For campus stores that sell textbooks, the adoption process is fundamental to business health. Several years ago, Salisbury University Bookstore made changes to its adoption process that have brought excellent results for us and made it easier for students to reduce the total cost of college. In the process, we’ve learned some things that other stores may find useful.

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3 Paths to Better Wantlist Fulfillment [Infographic]

Posted by Liz Schulte on 9/25/19 6:00 AM

Students expect to have a choice when it comes to course material formats. College stores that can offer a variety of affordable options can better compete with online competition and bring more students to the bookstore. That’s why MBS developed its new wantlist tool, SimpleSource.

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How the Skyline College Bookstore Saves Time and Gets More Used Books

Posted by Liz Schulte on 9/23/19 6:00 AM

Campus store professionals are busy. Increasingly asked to do more with fewer resources, stores need tools that will streamline workloads and help keep costs down. When MBS presented SimpleSource to the Skyline College Bookstore, Store Manager Kevin Chak immediately saw the potential it had to save him and the store a lot of time.

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Squash Confusing Rental Problems with This Checklist

Posted by T.A. Nathan on 9/18/19 8:00 AM

Textbook rentals are a key part of the modern campus store, but they can get confusing. From mismatched terms to titles not scanning, rental issues can slow down sales and throw a wrench in your productivity. As an MBS POS customer we want to make sure your workflow is quick and efficient. We designed a checklist to guide you through the most common rental issues, saving you time and headaches.

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Quick Tips to Improve Your Faculty Textbook Adoption Rates [White Paper]

Posted by Liz Schulte on 9/16/19 6:00 AM

Campus stores must lower course material costs to help improve college affordability and ensure student success. However, without on-time textbook adoptions, many affordability solutions are simply not possible. The “Quick Tips to Improve Your Faculty Adoption Rates” white paper is designed to help campus stores improve faculty communication and increase adoption rates.

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