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Liz Schulte

About Liz Schulte

Liz Schulte is an author and business owner with a background in customer service, marketing and higher education development.

Recent articles by Liz Schulte

How MBS inSite Simplifies Purchasing Course Materials

Posted by Liz Schulte on 11/25/20 6:00 AM

Stores have to keep up with a constantly evolving textbook industry to provide students with the materials they need at the most affordable prices. With new, used, digital, rentals, price comparison and various payment methods, purchasing course materials can quickly become a confusing process for students.

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Campus Store Conversations: Stores Get More Savings With SimpleSource

Posted by Liz Schulte on 11/23/20 6:15 AM

SimpleSource is one of the industry’s best ordering tools. It is easy to use, saves stores time and lowers costs. Nationwide, stores are benefiting from the streamlined service this tool provides

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How to Make the Most of Your Buyback Promo Dollars

Posted by Liz Schulte on 11/18/20 6:30 AM

Digital advertising can help you expand your bookstore’s reach, but you may not have money set aside in your budget to invest in advertising online. This term, as buyback quickly approaches, consider using your MBS promo dollars to digitally advertise your in-store or online buyback.

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Get a Guide to the Evolution of College Stores in 2020

Posted by Liz Schulte on 11/16/20 6:30 AM

How did college stores continue to serve campuses and students during a worldwide pandemic? We interviewed numerous stores about their response to the coronavirus, focusing on three areas: eCommerce, textbooks and campus service. Download the Guide to Quickly Adapting Your Store to Improve Online and In-store Service to hear about the updates stores made to continue to be competitive in a rapidly changing environment.

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MBS Store Technology Solutions Training Event Goes Virtual

Posted by Liz Schulte on 11/11/20 6:30 AM

Every year, MBS holds two training events in our Columbia, Missouri, location for our system customers. The events help stores learn more about their collegiate retail system and exchange tips and tricks with other college stores that use the same tools. However, this year, we were unable to host our partner stores in Columbia. Instead, we created our first MBS Forums Virtual Summit event.

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Planning for Fall Buyback and Rental Returns

Posted by Liz Schulte on 11/9/20 6:30 AM

Last week, MBS hosted a weeklong virtual forums event where college stores discussed different ways they can use the MBS system to meet current industry demands. On Tuesday, the focus was on buyback and rental returns in 2020.

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Three Easy Ways to Improve Student Convenience

Posted by Liz Schulte on 11/4/20 6:15 AM

There’s a lot on students’ minds. Right now, the businesses that can provide them with the easy and convenient options they are looking for can win their business. We have selected three ways college stores are going above and beyond to provide students with better, more convenient service.

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Peninsula College Bookstore Takes a Creative Approach to Buyback

Posted by Liz Schulte on 11/2/20 6:30 AM

Spring and summer buyback were challenging for college stores. Stores needed a plan that would ensure student and staff health and safety and follow local, state and federal guidelines as they constantly evolved. Peninsula College Bookstore looked at the resources available to them and decided to offer students buyback quotes through virtual video chats.

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How Washington and Lee University Store Utilizes Business Intelligence

Posted by Liz Schulte on 10/26/20 6:15 AM

For the Washington and Lee University Store, detailed reporting is a must. They partnered with MBS Store Technology Solutions for their collegiate retail system in 2015 and found that the stronger, more detailed reporting better served their business intelligence needs.

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Drive More Website Traffic With a Clearance Page

Posted by Liz Schulte on 10/21/20 6:15 AM

When you walk into a department store and see a clearance rack, you probably check it out. The same is true for online shopping. When that Instagram ad catches your eye or you are simply in the mood to shop online, you still want a great deal. A dedicated clearance page on your site highlights the merchandise you need to move, makes it easy for customers to find a great deal and will inspire customers to visit your site more often.

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