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Centralia College Bookstore Appreciates How MBS Helps Independent College Stores

Posted by Liz Schulte on 11/7/22 6:30 AM

Centralia College Bookstore has worked with MBS for a number of years through its ICBA membership, but recently they have taken the step to enter into an MBS Premier Partnership. Seeing the value in the array of benefits, the store decided to lock-in MBS partner perks for the future.

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An MBS Premier Partnership Streamlines Processes for the Skidmore Shop

Posted by Liz Schulte on 10/24/22 6:30 AM

The Skidmore Shop at Skidmore College recently joined MBS in a Premier Partnership. With an assortment of invaluable benefits and MBS’ strong inventory supply, it was an easy decision for the store. We recently sat down with Martha O’Leary, Director of Brand Communications and Marketing; Dawn Greenlaw, Associate Director for Bookstore; and Becky Mattison, Sr. Academic Materials Associate, with the Skidmore Shop to discuss why they chose to partner with MBS and how the partnership has benefited their store.

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Get a Return on Excess Textbook Inventory

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/16/22 7:00 AM

Now is a busy time of year for college stores with graduation and buyback — and doing inventory is looming around the corner. It’s easy for things to fall through the cracks. Does your store have a plan for how it will handle textbook inventory that it won’t use again soon? If not, now is the perfect time to speak with your MBS representative.

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MBS Rental Rebate Program Helps College Stores Better Compete

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/9/22 7:00 AM

College store rental programs can better compete and increase market share with MBS Rental. Our competitive rebate program (an industry best) guarantees rebates on a large number of titles and minimizes risk for the college store.

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Tips to Streamline Rental Return Processing

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/2/22 6:30 AM

The end of term is naturally a busy time for college stores. There is a lot to do in a small amount of time and you may have limited resources available. We have gathered some time-saving tips for you to help streamline rental returns this term.

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Increase Profitability and Restore Market Share With MBS Rental

Posted by Liz Schulte on 2/28/22 6:30 AM

When students purchase books at the beginning of the term, cost is one of the top deciding factors for them. Therefore, college stores that are able to offer students as many low-cost options as possible can better compete with online retailers. When you are ordering course materials for the next term, do not forget to also submit your rental list to MBS.

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Grand View University Bookstore Strengthens Course Material Communication

Posted by Liz Schulte on 1/17/22 6:30 AM

Years ago, Grand View University Bookstore started a bookstore committee to discuss all things course materials. The committee of students, faculty and the bookstore staff meet twice a year for an hour to talk about course materials, current trends and to open a dialogue between all the parties with a vested interest in campus course materials.

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A One-stop Shop for Course Material Ordering

Posted by Liz Schulte on 4/21/21 6:30 AM

When it is time to order textbooks, there are benefits to being able to fill more of your wantlist with one trusted company. MBS has the scale and resources to provide college stores with a one-stop shop for your ordering needs, saving you time and money.

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Planning for Fall Buyback and Rental Returns

Posted by Liz Schulte on 11/9/20 6:30 AM

Last week, MBS hosted a weeklong virtual forums event where college stores discussed different ways they can use the MBS system to meet current industry demands. On Tuesday, the focus was on buyback and rental returns in 2020.

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