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Six Strategies to Bring Students to Your Buyback This Term

Posted by Liz Schulte on 4/9/18 5:30 AM

It’s no secret students aren’t thrilled with the amount they receive back on textbooks in comparison to what they spend at the beginning of the semester. More services pop up online that promise better buyback rates every year. With increasing competition, make sure your store doesn’t fall behind on promoting this spring’s buyback with these six ideas on how to increase student traffic.

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Why Not Laundry? Bookstores Can Cater to a Need of All Students

Posted by Connor Wiemann on 8/9/17 5:30 AM

One rainy Tuesday morning I was late for class. I leapt out of bed and rushed to the shower. As I lathered in shampoo and conditioner, the realization hit me — I had no clean underwear.

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UNM Bookstore Goes Global with a New Passport Center

Posted by Lori Reese on 5/22/17 5:30 AM

When the new Passport Center in the University of New Mexico Bookstore launched with a “soft opening” in April, a few weeks before its grand opening in May, no one was sure how much business it would attract. The UNM Global Education Office, which runs the center in partnership with the bookstore, kept hours and staff to a minimum.

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Iowa State University Bookstore Repeats with College Materials Performance Award

Posted by Jason Smallheer on 4/10/17 5:30 AM

The Iowa State University Bookstore took home some hardware from ICBA in March, winning the Course Materials Performance Award for the second year in a row.

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Titan Shops Directly Engaged in Students Success

Posted by Jason Smallheer on 3/27/17 5:30 AM

The Titan Shops University Store at California State University, Fullerton, saw the opportunity to provide another tool for student success with an inclusive-access model, sidestepping faculty buy-in and using relationships with IT and publishers to move the needle.

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Colorado State University Bookstore; 2017 Collegiate Retailer of the Year

Posted by Jason Smallheer on 3/20/17 5:30 AM

It was an award 20 years in the making for the Colorado State University Bookstore and the Collegiate Retailer of the Year Award now proudly sits on their mantle.

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Electronic Shelf Labels; Technology Boosting Sales at USI

Posted by Jason Smallheer on 2/20/17 5:30 AM

The University of Southern Indiana Bookstore, a bookstore with a focus on technology, continues its trend of using the latest tech to keep their bottom line healthy and compete with online retailers. Through the use of electronic shelf labels, the bookstore is able to minimize internal costs, communicate with students and offer the same levels of pricing and inventory information on the bookshelf that would normally be found after scrolling through pages of websites.

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Madison College Tackling Textbook Costs Through Teamwork

Posted by Liz Schulte on 2/9/17 5:30 AM

A frequent point of contention between students and their school is course material affordability. Students want better prices, but their expenses keep going up. Often the cost-savings battle is fought on all fronts with each side of the issue squared off into their own corner, but what if it didn’t have to be?

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