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MBS’ Fall Forums Offers College Stores a Virtual Systems Training Opportunity

Posted by Liz Schulte on 10/18/21 6:30 AM

It’s once again time for MBS’ biannual systems training event. This fall, October 25 to 29, MBS Store Technology Solutions will host the virtual event for college store system partners that provides stores with a first look at upcoming system enhancements, training on useful system functionality and a review of 2021’s system enhancements.

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Clever Ideas to Promote Your Loyalty Program

Posted by Liz Schulte on 10/11/21 10:00 AM

Whether customers are shopping online or in your brick-and-mortar store, a strong loyalty program can help encourage repeat visits and more frequent purchases. Today we are going to look at how you can develop a loyalty program students will love and a few ways to promote it to the campus community.

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3 Reasons to Budget for Collegiate Retail System Improvements in the Coming Year

Posted by Liz Schulte on 9/27/21 9:00 AM

It’s important to make plans that will continue to allow your store to evolve and grow, especially during times of tremendous industry change. Just coming out of rush is the perfect time to start noting upgrades you would like to make in your store. So, as you are planning and making budget decisions for the next year, here is why you should consider including system upgrades in your budget.

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Tips for Leveraging Dashboard to Elevate Business Intelligence

Posted by Liz Schulte on 9/13/21 6:30 AM

MBS Dashboard is an innovative business intelligence tool that helps college stores analyze and share their business successes. Through Dashboard, stores have access to reports, graphs, and other visuals with drill-down and filtering capabilities that make it easy to review, analyze and share the metrics that matter most to your store.

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Stronger College Store Customer Service With Daily Textbook Buyback

Posted by Liz Schulte on 8/16/21 8:30 AM

There are different ways buyback can be handled, depending on the college store’s goals. End-of-term events, cashless, online or daily are options that are available to stores. Today, we are going to look at how to set up a daily buyback and the benefits of choosing this method.

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How Can College Stores Improve Digital Accessibility for Students?

Posted by Liz Schulte on 8/2/21 7:00 AM

MBS Field Marketing Territory Manager Cathy Slane had the honor of presenting a session at the CACS 2021 Course Materials Virtual Summit. In her presentation, How Course Material Distribution Is Changing, she covered how bookstores adapted distribution methods during 2020 and the growing demand for digital course materials. Today, we will take a brief look at how college stores can help improve digital accessibility.

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How Is Course Material Distribution Changing?

Posted by Liz Schulte on 6/21/21 6:45 AM

The transformative nature of 2020 has affected nearly every aspect of the college store. So, what does that mean for course materials and how has it impacted distribution? This post will explore industry changes and how MBS is working to help college stores.

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Accelerating Change: How to Meet Today's Market Demands

Posted by Liz Schulte on 3/1/21 6:00 AM

MBS was once again proud to take part in the ICBA conference this year and to support independent college stores. MBS Representatives enjoyed seeing and speaking with the many college store professionals in attendance. As always, it was great to hear what everyone is focused on for the spring term and the plans they are making for fall.

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Spotlight: How Georgia Southern University Store Keeps Its Website Current and Drives Online Traffic

Posted by Liz Schulte on 2/8/21 6:30 AM

Georgia Southern University Store knows the importance of a user-friendly website that piques student interest. The college store site must appeal to students, alumni and parents alike. In the current state of the retail and education industries, providing easily accessible ways to purchase merchandise, technology and course materials is more important than ever before.

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Mount Aloysius College Bookstore Shows How Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference in Sales

Posted by Liz Schulte on 2/1/21 6:30 AM

In 2020, Mount Aloysius College Bookstore once again saw an increase in textbook and merchandise sales. This relatively small college store with one full-time employee has been able to make smart updates to its website, procedures and offerings that have resulted in regaining market share.

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