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How Can Collegiate Retailers Attract Last-Minute Shoppers?

Posted by Lori Reese on 12/12/18 10:00 AM

If this year’s holiday shopping season is anything like last year’s, many Americans will wait until the eleventh hour to buy gifts — students included. About half of us were done with our shopping last season by December 20, according to a survey by the National Retail Foundation. The report estimated that 126 million consumers, 53 percent, would wait until Super Saturday, the weekend before Christmas, to finish up their shopping.

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Empower Student Employees with Meaningful Workplace Experience

Posted by Liz Schulte on 12/10/18 5:30 AM

The average person will spend a third of their life working. With that much of our lives wrapped up in serving others, creating or selling, we need to see the purpose in what we do. Students employees aren’t different. Splitting their time between school, work, friends and sports, they want to see or understand the ways they make a difference.

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Energize Customers With a Brain Food Sale During Finals

Posted by Lori Reese on 12/5/18 8:30 AM

Studies show that Generation Z — who comprise the bulk of young people entering college now —  have well-informed appetites. These kids were raised on public service messages intended to counter the rise in obesity and diabetes. When Gen Z students are hungry for a snack, they look for nutritious options first. That’s good reason to drive traffic into your store with an easy marketing campaign about the health food you offer, especially as finals approach.

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Crunch Time: 5 Strategies for Managing College Stores During Finals

Posted by Lori Reese on 12/3/18 8:00 AM

If you’ve worked on a campus before, you probably don’t need anyone to tell you when finals are approaching. You know because the term is coming to an end, of course, but you also know because the atmosphere changes. The collective tension-level rises. Students behave strangely: They’re easily triggered, easily confused and sometimes downright rude. It can be a rough time for collegiate retailers and their associates. But it can also be an opportunity to burnish your store’s reputation as a refuge from the academic grind.

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3 Easy Ways to Drive Foot Traffic

Posted by Lori Reese on 11/28/18 5:30 AM

College stores need to establish bonds with customers. Show them you’re interested in helping students save money and succeed. Find creative ways to generate foot traffic.

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Spotlight: How Riverland Community College Bookstores Build Student Engagement Through Events

Posted by Liz Schulte on 11/26/18 5:30 AM

College stores depend on keeping a steady stream of student foot traffic throughout the year. Regular, well-planned bookstore events and sales can increase student and faculty engagement while positioning the store as a campus social hub. We recently sat down with Carissa Drake, bookstore coordinator at Riverland Community College, to discuss bookstore events and the best ways to reach the entire campus community.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by Liz Schulte on 11/22/18 5:30 AM

Happy Thanksgiving from MBS!

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Spotlight Lilli Brooks: MBS Sourcing and You

Posted by Lori Reese on 11/21/18 5:30 AM

MBS Corporate Marketing Representative, Lilli Brooks, has exceptional knowledge of the collegiate retail industry. She travels the country, working with store managers and directors to help them improve efficiencies, sales and revenues. Because Lilli has observed the trend in marketplace sourcing close-up in a variety of contexts, she has in-depth understanding of its allure, its inconveniences and its dangers. We sat down to talk to her about how MBS’s new solution Simple Source will allow even the most time-strapped textbook managers to get into the sourcing game, while eliminating the dangers.

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Print Versus Digital: What Does the Latest Research Tell Us?

Posted by Lori Reese on 11/19/18 5:30 AM

Although current surveys show faculty have no preference about whether students buy digital or print books, that could change in light of new research from a pair of reading experts at the University of Maryland.

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How to Win Gen Z’s Loyalty for Your Store

Posted by Liz Schulte on 11/12/18 5:30 AM

Gen Z, millennials, Gen X, baby boomers, the silent generation: is there really a difference between these groups when it comes to shopping? Every generation wants a good experience that is convenient. Everyone wants to feel like they are purchasing a quality product at a good price. It is unlikely a customer of any age will come into your store and demand a terrible experience or complain that they didn’t have to wait long enough to be helped. Core consumer expectations don’t vary all that much from generation to generation. So why does Gen Z research matter? Why does your store need to understand today’s students and their motivation?

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