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Increase Profitability and Restore Market Share With MBS Rental

Posted by Liz Schulte on 2/28/22 6:30 AM

When students purchase books at the beginning of the term, cost is one of the top deciding factors for them. Therefore, college stores that are able to offer students as many low-cost options as possible can better compete with online retailers. When you are ordering course materials for the next term, do not forget to also submit your rental list to MBS.

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University of Calgary Bookstore Ensures Students Receive the Best Possible Price

Posted by Liz Schulte on 2/21/22 6:30 AM

College stores do not operate with the same goals and priorities as traditional retail stores. Where traditional retailers may seek to encourage shoppers to buy unnecessary goods and push profit margins, college stores are tasked with ensuring students have the necessary materials for class and to help provide cost savings. We spoke with Shannon Blackadder, Textbook and Trade Manager, University of Calgary Bookstore, to discuss how the store ensures students receive great services and prices.

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Shipping to MBS: The Complete Guide

Posted by Liz Schulte on 2/14/22 6:00 AM

There are many different types of shipments you may need to send to MBS throughout the year. To help simplify shipping, we have consolidated the various shipping instructions you might need into one post that you can easily bookmark or print for future access and review.

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Communication and Coordination Are Key to a Successful Collegiate Retail System Implementation

Posted by Liz Schulte on 2/7/22 6:30 AM

Adopting a new collegiate retail system doesn’t have to be a monumental undertaking. With ample support, unfettered access to product experts and tailored training, your collegiate retail system switch will take your store to the next level. MBS Store Technology Solutions’ implementation team provides all of this and more.

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Commodore Books & More Dreams Big With Website Redesign

Posted by Liz Schulte on 1/31/22 7:00 AM

The college store website is one of your most valuable sales and marketing tools. Not only does it provide easy access to your store’s inventory, but it is a great avenue for student communication. Commodore Books & More had a website redesign on their to-do list for a long time, but it never seemed like the right time. After 2020 sent college store websites skyrocketing in day-to-day importance, the store knew it was time to undertake the redesign.

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Moving Forward With MBS

Posted by Liz Schulte on 1/27/22 1:00 PM

Those viewing MBS from the outside might assume we are like any warehouse operation. We check in, shelve and ship out course materials — that is true. However, MBS is also so much more. We are a technology company, industry leaders and innovators who serve and support educational institutions.

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Tailored Support Adds Efficiency to College Store Processes

Posted by Liz Schulte on 1/24/22 6:15 AM

When college stores have the support they need, they can offer more to their campus community. The day-to-day system tools from eCommerce to back-office can have a huge impact on how much can be accomplished in a day. However, stores must have access to ongoing training, quality customer support and knowledgeable product experts to truly maximize their capabilities.

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Grand View University Bookstore Strengthens Course Material Communication

Posted by Liz Schulte on 1/17/22 6:30 AM

Years ago, Grand View University Bookstore started a bookstore committee to discuss all things course materials. The committee of students, faculty and the bookstore staff meet twice a year for an hour to talk about course materials, current trends and to open a dialogue between all the parties with a vested interest in campus course materials.

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Helping MBS Store Technology Solutions Partners Succeed

Posted by Liz Schulte on 1/10/22 6:00 AM

Learning how to most efficiently and effectively use your collegiate retail system helps your store achieve its goals. MBS Store Technology Solutions offers college stores outstanding service at every level, including a specialized implementation team and a customer education team. Recently, we sat down with Wayne Jones, MBS Store Technology Solutions Manager of Customer Education, to learn more about how the customer education department supports new and existing college store partners.

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What Reminders Should You Send to Students This Term?

Posted by Liz Schulte on 1/3/22 9:00 AM

Soon, students will return to campus for a new term. Now is a good time to start preparing your spring term student messaging to remind students about the services available to them through the campus store. We have collected a few ideas to help you get started.

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