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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.

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Why Students Should Shop at the College Store This Holiday Season

Posted by Liz Schulte on 11/1/21 8:00 AM

With a busy shopping season quickly approaching, now is a good time to start reminding students why they should check out the campus bookstore for gift giving ideas. From preparing for finals to traveling over the holiday, there’s a lot on students’ minds. The college store can offer an easy shopping solution. Today, we’re going to look at reasons students should shop in your store and ways to inspire shoppers this year.

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Tips to Streamline Your Order Fulfillment Processes

Posted by Liz Schulte on 10/25/21 6:15 AM

Finding ways to save time and automate your workload is important, especially during the busiest times of the year. Even though many students are back on campus, fast online order fulfillment, multiple distribution options and managing the flow of in-store traffic is still essential to college store operations. Today, we will look at three ways that you can streamline fulfillment processes.

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MBS’ Fall Forums Offers College Stores a Virtual Systems Training Opportunity

Posted by Liz Schulte on 10/18/21 6:30 AM

It’s once again time for MBS’ biannual systems training event. This fall, October 25 to 29, MBS Store Technology Solutions will host the virtual event for college store system partners that provides stores with a first look at upcoming system enhancements, training on useful system functionality and a review of 2021’s system enhancements.

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Clever Ideas to Promote Your Loyalty Program

Posted by Liz Schulte on 10/11/21 10:00 AM

Whether customers are shopping online or in your brick-and-mortar store, a strong loyalty program can help encourage repeat visits and more frequent purchases. Today we are going to look at how you can develop a loyalty program students will love and a few ways to promote it to the campus community.

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5 Ways to Sell and Promote Merchandise Online

Posted by Liz Schulte on 10/4/21 8:45 AM

A collegiate retail eCommerce site that offers your college store’s wide array of merchandise and products is essential to success. While many students are excited about being able to shop in the college store again, the convenience of online shopping will encourage a portion of the student population to primarily use your website. We have gathered some tips to help you ensure your online merchandise is easy to find and convenient to order.

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3 Reasons to Budget for Collegiate Retail System Improvements in the Coming Year

Posted by Liz Schulte on 9/27/21 9:00 AM

It’s important to make plans that will continue to allow your store to evolve and grow, especially during times of tremendous industry change. Just coming out of rush is the perfect time to start noting upgrades you would like to make in your store. So, as you are planning and making budget decisions for the next year, here is why you should consider including system upgrades in your budget.

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College Stores Get More Books Using SimpleSource

Posted by Liz Schulte on 9/20/21 8:48 AM

SimpleSource offers a lot of benefits to college stores, ranging from streamlining and simplifying the textbook ordering process to saving stores time and money. It is a complete ordering tool designed for college stores to maximize their wantlist fulfillment – i.e. get more books for a lower average cost.

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Tips for Leveraging Dashboard to Elevate Business Intelligence

Posted by Liz Schulte on 9/13/21 6:30 AM

MBS Dashboard is an innovative business intelligence tool that helps college stores analyze and share their business successes. Through Dashboard, stores have access to reports, graphs, and other visuals with drill-down and filtering capabilities that make it easy to review, analyze and share the metrics that matter most to your store.

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MBS will be closed in celebration of Labor Day

Posted by Liz Schulte on 9/6/21 6:00 AM

MBS will be closed on September 6, 2021, in celebration of Labor Day.

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College Store Marketing Content Calendar Template

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

Simplify your college store marketing this year with a marketing calendar that reminds you of important dates and helps plan store events. We have prepared a customizable marketing template to help you get started. Remember to add the dates that are specific to your store and campus.

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