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A Guide to Communicating With Faculty About Adoption Deadlines

Posted by Liz Schulte on 9/25/23 7:00 AM

On-schedule faculty adoptions can have a big impact on your campus. Whether the adoptions are early, on-time, late or change at the last minute, they affect everything from students and store staff to retention rates. That’s why it is important to develop a good, reliable process for communicating with faculty about adoptions.

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4 College Store System Upgrades to Consider

Posted by Liz Schulte on 9/18/23 6:15 AM

With the end of the year quickly approaching, it is time to make planning and budgeting decisions for next year. What are your store goals and priorities? How can your college store system help support those goals? We spoke with MBS Store Technology Solutions Sales Consultants, Heather Gillespie and Jeremy Hawkins, to find out what they suggest stores consider for 2024.

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Anoka-Ramsey Community College Saves Students Money

Posted by Liz Schulte on 9/11/23 6:30 AM

College stores work hard to offer the best service to students and the campus community, especially the campus store at Anoka-Ramsey Community College (ARCC). Wanting to ensure students get the best prices on textbooks, the store has worked to continuously evolve with changing industry demands. We recently spoke with Rita Smith, Campus Store Manager/Food Services, Anoka-Ramsey Community College to learn the steps her store has taken to ensure students save money and how the MBS system has helped streamline vital store processes to make it possible.

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MBS Is Closed in Observance of Labor Day

Posted by Liz Schulte on 9/4/23 7:00 AM

MBS is closed September 4, 2024, in observance of Labor Day.

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University of Manitoba BookStore Embraces eCommerce and Strengthens Market Share

Posted by Liz Schulte on 8/28/23 6:15 AM

Before 2020, online sales were not a big part of the University of Manitoba (UM) BookStore’s revenue. The brick-and-mortar store served its campus while few students chose to shop online. However, after 2020, all of that changed. In order to continue to serve the school’s community, a robust online presence was essential.

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How the UM Bookstore Achieves Inventory Accuracy

Posted by Liz Schulte on 8/21/23 6:30 AM

Utilizing the complete MBS system, the University of Manitoba (UM) BookStore effectively manages every aspect of the college store and has achieved fantastic results. We recently spoke with Craig Bauer, Course Materials Manager, University of Manitoba BookStore, about how they use the MBS system to help streamline store management from general merchandise to course material distribution.

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3 Reminders to Encourage Students to Get Their Course Materials

Posted by Liz Schulte on 8/14/23 10:00 AM

Course materials are an essential part of the learning process and help secure academic success. This term, remind students why it is important to get their course materials and share a few tips about how they can save money buying from the college store.

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Need Books Fast? Place an ASAP Order

Posted by Liz Schulte on 8/7/23 6:45 AM

At the beginning of term, a lot can happen: late adoptions can come in, changes to adoptions, you could run low on books, etc. MBS provides a simple solution for college stores that need to order and receive books fast. Simply place an ASAP order, and we will ship the textbooks as soon as possible.

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Get a Guaranteed Quote for Your College Store’s Rental Books

Posted by Liz Schulte on 7/31/23 6:30 AM

MBS Rental offers college stores a terrific opportunity to provide students with the upfront cost savings they are looking for on course materials. College stores simply submit to MBS the list of books that could be offered to students as rentals. We will send back guaranteed rebate quotes for each qualifying title.

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University of Minnesota Duluth Stores Benefit From Outstanding Service and Reliable Functionality

Posted by Liz Schulte on 7/24/23 6:30 AM

The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) Stores have been a longtime system partner with MBS. We recently sat down with Michael Herrick, Director, UMD Stores, to discuss what his experience has been like with the MBS system as a new store director (June 2022) and the functionality the system offers that can help him achieve his store goals.

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