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Elizabethtown College Store Serves Students and Parents With Pop-up Locations

Posted by Liz Schulte on 12/14/20 6:30 AM

This year has required college stores to adapt normal operation strategies, pivoting with a moment’s notice. Elizabethtown College Store had never done a pop-up location before this year, but when it needed a way to better serve students and parents on campus, the store made it work.

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Campus Store Conversations: Skyline College Bookstore Discusses How to Maximize SimpleSource [Podcast]

Posted by Liz Schulte on 12/9/20 6:30 AM

On the latest Campus Store Conversations Podcast interview, Skyline College Bookstore Manager Kevin Chak shares how his store uses SimpleSource to save time and get more books. SImpleSource is an ordering tool from MBS that helps stores get more books for a lower average cost and saves time. Mr. Chak has been using SimpleSource for wholesale and marketplace inventory for more than a year and has had great results.

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How Peninsula College Bookstore Ensures Early Textbook Adoptions

Posted by Liz Schulte on 12/7/20 7:00 AM

Early adoptions can help stores lower costs and increase the buyback value on readopted textbooks for students. So, how can the college store encourage more on-time adoptions? Peninsula College Bookstore has the answer: work with the deans.

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Five Online Campus Bookstore Promotions for the Holidays

Posted by Liz Schulte on 12/2/20 6:30 AM

How will you encourage online sales this holiday season? With many students possibly not coming back after Thanksgiving, it is important to have a plan to help drive traffic to your website. We have put together five ideas to help you engage customers and drive website traffic.

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Crowder College Bookstore Discusses the Great Opportunities That Come With a Premier Partnership

Posted by Liz Schulte on 11/30/20 6:15 AM

Crowder College Bookstore Director Colleen Holland has heard a lot about the MBS Premier Partnership from her MBS representative over the years. Through the years, her store has gotten low-cost inventory from MBS and considered MBS to be a trusted vendor. But this year, Ms. Holland decided it was time to go a step further to receive the many benefits that come with a premier partnership.

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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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