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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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How a Strong Adoptions Process Gives a Campus Store the Competitive Edge

Posted by Lisa Gray on 9/30/19 8:00 AM

For campus stores that sell textbooks, the adoption process is fundamental to business health. Several years ago, Salisbury University Bookstore made changes to its adoption process that have brought excellent results for us and made it easier for students to reduce the total cost of college. In the process, we’ve learned some things that other stores may find useful.

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3 Paths to Better Wantlist Fulfillment [Infographic]

Posted by Liz Schulte on 9/25/19 6:00 AM

Students expect to have a choice when it comes to course material formats. College stores that can offer a variety of affordable options can better compete with online competition and bring more students to the bookstore. That’s why MBS developed its new wantlist tool, SimpleSource.

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How the Skyline College Bookstore Saves Time and Gets More Used Books

Posted by Liz Schulte on 9/23/19 6:00 AM

Campus store professionals are busy. Increasingly asked to do more with fewer resources, stores need tools that will streamline workloads and help keep costs down. When MBS presented SimpleSource to the Skyline College Bookstore, Store Manager Kevin Chak immediately saw the potential it had to save him and the store a lot of time.

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Squash Confusing Rental Problems with This Checklist

Posted by T.A. Nathan on 9/18/19 8:00 AM

Textbook rentals are a key part of the modern campus store, but they can get confusing. From mismatched terms to titles not scanning, rental issues can slow down sales and throw a wrench in your productivity. As an MBS POS customer we want to make sure your workflow is quick and efficient. We designed a checklist to guide you through the most common rental issues, saving you time and headaches.

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Quick Tips to Improve Your Faculty Textbook Adoption Rates [White Paper]

Posted by Liz Schulte on 9/16/19 6:00 AM

Campus stores must lower course material costs to help improve college affordability and ensure student success. However, without on-time textbook adoptions, many affordability solutions are simply not possible. The “Quick Tips to Improve Your Faculty Adoption Rates” white paper is designed to help campus stores improve faculty communication and increase adoption rates.

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3 Ways Campus Stores Can Nurture College Student Wellness

Posted by Lori Reese on 9/11/19 8:00 AM

College student wellness has become a vital issue for all education stakeholders, including campus stores. Data shows that students experience more stress now than ever. Over two-thirds of college students struggle with mental health issues. Over half report trouble with depression. In addition, students describe feeling burdened by a growing roster of real-world concerns. They worry about paying for college, gun violence, racial injustice, divisive politics and the environment.

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URI Campus Store Increases Wholesale Textbook Fill Rate with SimpleSource

Posted by Liz Schulte on 9/9/19 6:00 AM

The URI Campus Store has always used a bin-and-hold system for its wantlist fulfillment and hasn't relied on marketplace sourcing. When the store staff saw MBS’ latest, innovative ordering tool, SimpleSource, they recognized that it had the potential to streamline their wholesale wantlist fulfillment and provide greater order transparency.

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Optimize Campus Store Daily Workflow with MBS POS in 5 Easy Steps

Posted by T.A. Nathan on 9/4/19 6:53 AM

Imagine your campus store is a perfectly functional body. Your Point of Sale (POS) system is the legs of this body. When processes slow down at the POS register, the rest of the store slows with it. Sales don’t come in as swiftly, customers become restless and stress builds. The last thing you need is for your legs to stop running in the daily workflow of a campus store.

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