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BYU Idaho Snitch Scavenger Hunt

Posted by T.A. Nathan on 11/4/19 8:00 AM

“You’re a wizard, Tim,” are the words I wish I heard when I was an eleven-year-old boy, hoping to leave the monotony of muggle life, by being whisked away to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Unfortunately, this didn’t happen, instead a studious Ravenclaw like me ended up writing about it for Foreword Online. Our fellow wizards at BYU-Idaho reinvigorate the spirit of Harry Potter each year by throwing a Golden Snitch Scavenger Hunt. Witches and wizards across campus flock to get their hands on the golden snitch and join in the fun.

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Create a Finals Oasis in Your Campus Store

Posted by Lori Reese on 10/30/19 8:00 AM

You don’t need an advanced degree in psychology to find ways your campus store can boost college student wellness during finals. Even a short time in a calming environment can help many students navigate academic challenges at the end of the term. Here’s how you can transform a portion of your campus store into a hub that invites students to take a much-needed break.

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3 Changes That Will Make Customers Fall in Love with Your Website

Posted by T.A. Nathan on 10/28/19 8:00 AM

Your website is your online business card; If you want customers to choose you as their textbook provider, it must draw them every semester. Websites are an interactive point of entry for customers to your business, so yours should be intuitive and relatable.

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Create Evangelists With a Temp-Friendly Teacher Appreciation Sale

Posted by Lori Reese on 10/23/19 8:00 AM

Adjunct and part-time faculty make great evangelists for a campus store, because they are responsible for much of the undergraduate teaching on U.S. campuses. A temp-friendly faculty sale event is a fun way to win loyal customers and increase your campus profile.

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The UCLA Store Increases Foot Traffic with Revenue Generating Ideas

Posted by Liz Schulte on 10/21/19 6:00 AM

Campus stores look beyond the traditional retail model to find ways to continuously drive customer traffic. As education, course materials and collegiate retail evolve, many stores seek new opportunities to bring in additional top line revenue and strengthen campus relationships. The UCLA Store maximizes its eCommerce and social media efforts, hosts a variety of events throughout the year, and creates new opportunities to better serve the campus community.

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Gaming: The Sport People Forget

Posted by T.A. Nathan on 10/16/19 8:00 AM

Twenty years ago, if you called video gaming a sport, people would think… why? It would sound outlandish that video games would become so prominent in society that they’re considered a professional sport. Times have changed as esports are here and they aren’t going away anytime soon. Worldwide viewer counts exceed nearly all traditional sports. The purview of gaming used to be a group of nerdy kids hanging out together in their parent’s basement with snacks and sodas, playing the latest game in a LAN party. Now gaming tournaments take place on massive stages before a cheering audience.

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Navigating Complex Course Material Trends [White Paper]

Posted by Liz Schulte on 10/14/19 6:00 AM

Course materials are a vital part of education. Without the necessary materials for class, student performance suffers, and students can easily fall behind. This is one of the reasons why college affordability and textbook affordability are such important issues in higher education. The “Navigating Complex Course Material Trends” white paper gives your campus store a complete guide to today’s most effective cost-saving solutions.

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Turn Your Campus Bookstore into a NaNoWriMo Workshop

Posted by T.A. Nathan on 10/9/19 9:00 AM

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is on the horizon. Students will flock to their pens and keyboards to work on their submission, however, one thing every NaNoWriMo participant needs is a quiet place to write. This is a great opportunity for campus bookstores to connect with students and offer helpful resources for NaNoWriMo prep.

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WCU Bookstore Wins Big With Catamount Fans

Posted by Lori Reese on 10/7/19 8:00 AM

Western Carolina University Bookstore found a stadium solution in the MBS Microsoft® Mobile Surface Pro POS system. With the Surface Pro, the MBS system becomes a fully portable point of service. This allows the WCU campus store to stock a wider variety of merchandise at its stadium shops, and it streamlines inventory planning. Even better, it lets associates provide a more customer-focused experience for the diverse community of Catamount fans who throng the stadium on game days — including campus VIPs.

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Arc 101 — Applications, Analysis and Maximum Productivity

Posted by T.A. Nathan on 10/2/19 8:00 AM

Arc, or Advanced Retail Center, functions as a hub managing textbook and merchandise inventory, invoice and sales processing, monthly accounting and analyzing store data. Its interface allows you to find the information you need quickly. Below, find ways to speed up your workflow with Arc.

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