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Five Ways to Boost Campus Store Student Engagement

Posted by Liz Schulte on 7/15/24 6:45 AM

What advantages set the campus store apart from its competitors? Campus stores have direct access to students, exclusive channels of communication, the largest variety of payment methods, more innate trust and a mission that extends beyond retail. Let’s take a look at the five specific ways your store can build student engagement.

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Simplify How Your Campus Store Manages Its Want List and Course Material Orders

Posted by Liz Schulte on 7/8/24 10:00 AM

When is the best time to start your textbook order? Now! Are there benefits to being able to fill more of your want list with one trusted company? Yes! MBS provides campus stores with more inventory options to ensure you have the inventory you need and at the price points you want.

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MBS Will Be Closed Thursday, July 4

Posted by Liz Schulte on 7/1/24 6:00 AM

In observance of Independence Day, MBS will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2024.

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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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