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Start Your Store’s Summer and Fall Textbook Orders

Posted by Liz Schulte on 4/10/23 6:30 AM
Topics: college bookstore industry trends, bin-and-hold, used textbooks

The end of term is rapidly approaching, and stores are starting to receive textbook adoptions. It is never too early to submit a wantlist to MBS and start a bin and hold. As new adoptions come in, you can easily update your list and request multiple reworks, helping your store maximize fulfillment, access more of our low-cost inventory and get more books in one shipment.

Start your store's summer and fall textbook orders

A bin and hold simply means that your store leaves its wantlist with us for a set amount of time. During that time, more books are added to your bin through reworks or as you update your wantlist with new titles and/or quantities. After your bin has run its fulfillment course, you will then receive your consolidated order in one shipment, or you can choose to have several orders arrive on designated dates.

“The bin & hold wantlist gives us the opportunity to get as many used copies of textbooks from MBS for our students as possible. I find, the sooner you start a wantlist, the better the opportunities to get used books. I would definitely recommend using the bin & hold option. It’s very quick and easy to use and saves time on getting used/new books.”
–Kim Ergott, Textbook Operations Specialist | College Store, Pennsylvania College of Technology

Tips for your bin & hold wantlist

  • Start your bin early

The longer you can keep your bin and hold going, the more opportunities you have to get the books you need. By starting with your first adoptions, you can help ensure next term’s students have low-cost options.

  • Request reworks

Every time your wantlist is reworked, it’s compared to our constantly updated inventory, meaning you have greater access to fresh inventory as it is checked in. If your store doesn't use the MBS system, call order processing to request a rework schedule (800-325-0577).

  • Save money on new book inventory

Did you know that MBS also sells new books for less than you can buy them from the publisher? Open your wantlist to new inventory to take advantage of this great deal.

  • Choose the best shipping option

Some stores prefer to receive one consolidated shipment. Others choose to have several orders that arrive on designated dates. Select the best option for your store’s resources.

  • Use SimpleSource

With SimpleSource your entire wantlist is managed through one tool. Your bin is automatically worked against our inventory several times a day, and you have the option to source from the marketplace.

Start your bin with the first adoptions you receive and see the difference it makes. If you have any questions, please contact your MBS representative.


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