Foreword Online

Ideas, information and industry news for collegiate retailers



MBS Closed 7/4/22 In Observance of Independence Day

Posted by Liz Schulte on 7/4/22 7:00 AM

Our offices are closed on July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Read More

Hibbing Community College Bookstore and the MBS System Evolve Together

Posted by Liz Schulte on 6/27/22 7:15 AM

Recently, Hibbing Community College merged with four other regional colleges in northern Minnesota, creating the new Minnesota North College. In order to accommodate the merger, the five separate college bookstores have consolidated into one bookstore serving six campuses. Consolidating resources, the smaller stores are able to effectively serve their campuses as well as thoughtfully evolve to better compete in a changing market. We recently sat down with Bookstore Coordinator Becky Mayo to discuss how MBS Store Technology Solutions is helping them with this evolution.

Read More

Offer Students Guaranteed Buyback This Fall

Posted by Liz Schulte on 6/13/22 6:45 AM

Guaranteed buyback simply means guaranteeing a minimum buyback price on qualifying textbooks upfront. When purchasing their textbooks at the beginning of term, students can easily see the minimum they will receive back at the end of term, making it simple to make informed, financial decisions. Best of all, you can offer this transparent pricing and guaranteed minimum buyback amounts without risk to the bookstore. Here’s how.

Read More

3 Tips for a Successful Clearance Sale

Posted by Liz Schulte on 6/6/22 7:00 AM

Summer is a fantastic time to clear out old or dated inventory to make room for your new fall merchandise. However, summer also means fewer people on campus which leads to less foot traffic for in-store sales. To maximize store traffic this summer, offer shoppers great bargains online and in-store.

Read More

Taking the Customer Experience to New Heights With MBS Store Technology Solutions

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/31/22 7:00 AM

Providing unparalleled support, improving college store processes and helping lower costs drives MBS Store Technology Solutions’ innovation and commitment to excellence. We are always working to bring the latest technology to college stores to help streamline store processes, giving you more time to engage and interact with customers.

Read More

College Store Conversations: Improve Customer Outreach With CRM

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/23/22 7:00 AM

MBS CRM helps college stores improve customer outreach and service. This incredible tool is free for MBS Store Technology Solutions partners. Already stores are benefiting from expanded customer service and marketing technology. We recently sat down with Kurt Kaiser, Assistant Director — Course Materials, Colorado State University, to discuss how his store is incorporating CRM into its processes.

Read More

Get a Return on Excess Textbook Inventory

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/16/22 7:00 AM

Now is a busy time of year for college stores with graduation and buyback — and doing inventory is looming around the corner. It’s easy for things to fall through the cracks. Does your store have a plan for how it will handle textbook inventory that it won’t use again soon? If not, now is the perfect time to speak with your MBS representative.

Read More

MBS Rental Rebate Program Helps College Stores Better Compete

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/9/22 7:00 AM

College store rental programs can better compete and increase market share with MBS Rental. Our competitive rebate program (an industry best) guarantees rebates on a large number of titles and minimizes risk for the college store.

Read More

Tips to Streamline Rental Return Processing

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/2/22 6:30 AM

The end of term is naturally a busy time for college stores. There is a lot to do in a small amount of time and you may have limited resources available. We have gathered some time-saving tips for you to help streamline rental returns this term.

Read More

MBS CRM Expands College Store Marketing and Simplifies Customer Service

Posted by Liz Schulte on 4/25/22 6:30 AM

Improve your store’s customer service and take your marketing to the next level with MBS Store Technology Solutions’ CRM. This valuable enhancement is available right now to every MBS system partner at no additional cost. With CRM, college stores can take control of the customer relationship and thrive.

Read More

Subscribe for updates

Share your experience

Contact our editorial team to set up an interview or to contribute a guest post.

Most popular posts