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Three MBS Tools That Simplify Campus Store Processes

Posted by Liz Schulte on 6/24/24 9:30 AM

While you can’t add more hours to your day, it is possible to free up more time by simplifying campus store processes. MBS provides college stores with the tools they need to simplify their day-to-day, week-to-week and year-to-year store tasks. From ordering to receiving and buyback, MBS has the resources you need to save time.

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Celebrating Juneteenth 2024

Posted by Liz Schulte on 6/17/24 7:00 AM

MBS will be closed Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in observance of Juneteenth holiday.

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Share Course Material Adoption Data to Improve Your Store’s On-time Adoption Rate

Posted by Liz Schulte on 6/10/24 6:45 AM

Getting on-time course material adoptions can be a challenge. Your store probably shares the reasons why course material adoption deadlines matter (lower costs, better buyback prices, fewer out of stock books, etc.), but still sometimes the adoptions just aren’t submitted. When you have reached out to faculty multiple times, what is your next course of action? Use your store’s data to illustrate the importance of on-time adoptions.

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Now Open: Fall 2024 Rental List Submissions

Posted by Liz Schulte on 6/7/24 6:30 AM

Fall list submissions are open now to get quotes for rentals and/or guaranteed buyback! This gives stores a great opportunity to get guaranteed rebate amounts and ensure your store can maximize the savings you offer to students. Guaranteed quotes are simple to get and provide a lot of value for stores.  

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Bin-and-Hold Orders Provide More Low-Cost Books

Posted by Liz Schulte on 6/3/24 6:30 AM

There are many ways to order books from MBS. Which way gives you the best fulfillment rates, more low-cost course materials and an easy way to streamline shipping? A bin-and-hold order.

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Honoring Memorial Day 2024

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/27/24 7:00 AM

MBS is closed Monday May 27, 2024, in honor of Memorial Day..

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How to Counteract a Summer Sales Slowdown

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/20/24 6:15 AM

Across retail, sales naturally decrease in the summer months. People spend more time outside, they are traveling, and in general, they are spending less time in stores or online. This can be especially true for collegiate retail. The majority of your on-campus customer base has left for the summer. However, there are still ways college stores can work to counteract that summer slowdown. Here are a few ideas.

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Simple Ways to Maximize Your Social Media Efforts

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/13/24 6:45 AM

How much time does your store spend on social media? With so many other things to do, it is difficult to devote a lot of time to researching ways to improve your reach and analyzing the posting data available to you. That’s why we have collected three easy tips to help you boost your social media efforts without spending extra time or resources.

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5 Easy Ways to Promote Buyback and Rental Returns Before the End of Term

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/6/24 7:00 AM

Many students will soon be heading home for the summer. While it is probably too late to plan a large buyback event, you can still make students aware that they can sell back their textbooks before they head home. Here are some simple ideas to help you get the word out ASAP.

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3 Key Takeaways From MBS Forums

Posted by Guest Contributor on 4/29/24 6:30 AM

At the beginning of April, MBS Store Technology Solutions held its biannual training event for system partners. Forums is always a great week of learning and networking for campus stores. MBS System Sales Consultant Jeremy Hawkins joins us today to share three takeaways he learned through the weeklong event.

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