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How to Avoid the Retail Race to the Bottom

Posted by Liz Schulte on 8/22/18 5:30 AM

You are five minutes late to meet a friend, but you also have to pick up a couple things before the store closes. You rush inside the store, hoping to get in and out quickly. Immediately you are greeted by rows of overstuffed shelves with more merchandise that you can take in at a glance. You scan the store looking for someone to help you or a sign pointing you in the way you need to go. You only see flashy, red sale signage and uninterested faces. Already late, you squeeze your way through the aisles searching for the few things that you needed to pick up. Your phone rings. It’s your friend asking where you are. You shove the items you managed to find onto the shelves and leave because you don’t have time to deal with it right now.

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The Pitfalls of Big Data

Posted by Liz Schulte on 8/13/18 5:30 AM

Big data has infiltrated nearly every aspect of our lives. It determines the advertisements we see, the routes our GPS directs us, the posts we encounter on social media, unusual activity on our credit cards, entertainment recommendations from streaming services and the list could go on. Big data has become big business.

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Retail Transformation

Posted by Liz Schulte on 7/9/18 5:30 AM

Think about when you go to a store. What do you enjoy? What parts do you dread? What if you could take out the experiences you don’t like — would you shop more or less? For over 20 years, Amazon has bet on the fact that if you can remove the areas that cause friction with consumers, they will shop more in your store. Looking at the current state of the retail market, they are right.

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Making the Leap with the MBS Systems POS on a Mobile Microsoft® Surface Pro

Posted by Lori Reese on 6/12/18 5:30 AM

The MBS Microsoft Surface Pro Mobile POS offers more than an opportunity to conduct sales beyond your store. With the complete MBS Systems software loaded onto the state-of-the-art hardware, it’s a chance to increase productivity — and jettison your store ahead of the competition.

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Spotlight: David Ritz — How Bookstores Stay Viable

Posted by Liz Schulte on 6/7/18 5:30 AM

We had the pleasure of sitting down in Oklahoma with Territory Manager David Ritz to discuss his long career in the college bookstore industry and how he thinks college retailers can adapt to the changing course materials distribution environment.

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Spotlight: Patrick Cervenik It’s All Retail

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/2/18 5:30 AM

MBS Systems Sales Consultant, Patrick Cervenik sat down with us to discuss the changes happening in the retail industry, and how college stores can stay adaptable to the transitioning environment.

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How to Make College Stores Successful Retail Destinations

Posted by Liz Schulte on 3/13/18 5:30 AM

College stores are caught between two worlds: education and retail. Maintaining retails sales is imperative to the success of the business, but so is being a part of the campus community and building student trust. Finding balance between the two can be a challenge, but one way to accomplish this is to rebrand your college store as a retail destination — a place students want to be and spend time. Making small changes to the store environment can make the space more inviting to students and encourage them to spend more time within your walls.  

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Here Comes Disruption: Who Doesn't Want to Shop Amazon Go?

Posted by Lori Reese on 1/29/18 5:30 AM

Admit it: It’s an enticing thought. A visit to the grocery store completely absent of all the usual irritations: customers clogging the Express Lane with — oops! — at least 40 items. Slow-movers fumbling through self-check-out. Grim cashiers shoving your heaviest items into a single bag that splits open before you reach the car. Amazon has nixed nearly all the pain-points we associate with shopping in a single swoop with the opening of its check-out free convenience store. It might seem like another dreaded retail disruptor. But how can it not inspire a shiver of excitement?

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The Life of a College Store Retailer

Posted by Lori Reese on 1/12/18 5:30 AM
Do your colleagues understand all you do?
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Location, Location, Location: University of Mary Bookstore Makes the Most Out of Its New Locale

Posted by Liz Schulte on 12/18/17 5:30 AM

Earlier this fall, Kate Weinand with the University of Mary Bookstore came to Columbia, Missouri, to attend the MBS Systems Training Fall Forums event. Over the course of a few days, attendees are able to network with individuals from other stores and learn more about the capabilities of their MBS system. We sat down with Ms. Weinand to hear more about the University of Mary Bookstore and its new location. 

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