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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

Set Up an Online Buyback in 3 Easy Steps

Posted by Liz Schulte on 3/23/20 6:30 AM

MBS Online Buyback is a great student resource that your college store can easily provide at no additional cost. As more colleges and universities move classes online in an effort to protect student and community health, it is important establish a buyback plan to prepare for the possibility that it may not be feasible to host an on-campus buyback. MBS is here to help you do that.

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Build Faculty Relations With This Student Affordability Checklist

Posted by Liz Schulte on 3/11/20 6:00 AM

Improving student affordability is a team effort. That’s why it’s important to increase faculty engagement with the campus store. Some instructors may not be aware that the timing of their adoptions can affect the cost of materials for students. Download this checklist to show faculty how they can contribute to student affordability and how the bookstore also works toward the same goal.

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Chaffey College Campus Store Has One Less Thing to Worry About With SimpleSource

Posted by Liz Schulte on 3/9/20 6:00 AM

SimpleSource is one of MBS’ most talked about new tools. As Textbook Buyer Sylvia Martinez at Chaffey College Campus Store discovered, streamlining wholesale and marketplace orders has never been easier. One shipment, one invoice and one easy tool: SimpleSource works for every campus store.

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How Can Your College Store Management System Improve Customer Experience?

Posted by Liz Schulte on 2/26/20 6:00 AM

To improve the experience in your store, it takes more than knowledgeable, helpful employees. You also need a college store management system that will help you avoid retail pitfalls like long, slow-moving lines, websites that aren’t optimized for mobile and not keeping up with student buying trends. So, what should your college store look for in a retail system?

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How the Georgia Southern University Store Adapts with Retail and Textbook Changes

Posted by Liz Schulte on 2/24/20 6:00 AM

The Georgia Southern University Store takes pride in serving its campus community. Whether it’s through affordability initiatives, campus engagement or an outstanding loyalty program, the store strives to ensure every customer gets the best service. One way they make that possible is by adapting with industry changes.

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Spotlight: Jenna Lee - Are You Taking Full Advantage of Your College Store Retail System?

Posted by Liz Schulte on 2/19/20 6:00 AM

Your college store retail system is essential to your store. From back-office functions to your eCommerce site and POS efficiency, your system should empower associates and continue to evolve alongside your store. One way to ensure your store is getting the most out of its system is through practical training that is tailored for your store’s specific needs.

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Thompson Rivers University Bookstore Increased Used Book Sales 40%

Posted by Liz Schulte on 2/18/20 6:32 AM

Like many college stores, the Thompson Rivers University Bookstore has weathered a lot of industry changes over the last few years. Searching for a way to counteract declining textbook sales and improve student service, Course Materials Purchasing Coordinator Jon Mackintosh signed up for SimpleSource with the hope that he could save time and bring more high-quality used wholesale textbooks into the store.

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The Complete Guide to Alternative Revenue Streams for College Stores [White Paper]

Posted by Liz Schulte on 2/10/20 6:00 AM

Diversifying revenue is a must for most college stores in today’s market. Developing unique ways to set themselves apart from competitors solidifies student engagement and campus relevance while securing the future of the campus store.

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Spotlight: How to Streamline Implementation of a New Retail System

Posted by Liz Schulte on 2/4/20 6:00 AM

Switching your retail management system isn’t done on a whim. A lot of research goes into making sure that the new system will continue to be the right fit as your store and the retail industry evolve. However, while there are numerous benefits to upgrading your system, implementation can still seem like a daunting task. That’s why we recently sat down with Senior Systems Consultant Angela Gray to discuss how she helps ensure a streamlined implementation process for our partner stores.

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5 Ways Your College Store Can Compete with Retail Giants

Posted by Liz Schulte on 1/29/20 6:00 AM

Every industry experiences disruption that changes the way business is done. From education to retail to publishing, businesses and organizations must develop strategies that will help them compete in an increasingly virtual world. College stores experience change from all sides: new course material formats, evolving student and customer expectations, and recent campus and state initiatives. How can your store not only compete but thrive in this new world of retail giants?

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