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Are Textbooks Dead? Not Even Close

Posted by Dean Asher on 11/30/16 9:09 AM

There's no denying that times have changed, but even though there are more competitors fighting for market share, the end is hardly near for college retailers. In case you needed a little assurance from your industry peers, however, we've got you covered.

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Demystifying the Latest Thing [Video]

Posted by Kate Seat on 11/22/16 7:02 AM

Thirty years ago, your customers were virtually a captive audience. Now there are new innovations and trends surfacing on a daily basis, leading to more competition than ever before. Are you prepared to meet it?

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3 Ways to Make Your Store More Viable [Guest Blog]

Posted by Kate Seat on 7/27/16 7:30 AM

Lilli Brooks, Corporate Marketing Representative, shares her experience from over a decade of helping college stores of all sizes tackle their individual challenges. Find out what she's learned about the importance of making connections and why it's essential to keep evolving:

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Pine State Home Delivery: Bringing Bookstores to the Age of "Now"

Posted by admin on 5/5/14 11:00 PM

The following article was written by MBS Representative, Rob Heller. Check out more industry insight from Rob on his blog!

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How To Fight Back Against Big Retailer Tactics

Posted by admin on 11/21/13 10:00 PM

The following excerpt is from an article written by Kelly Spors, editor, writer & content strategist, and published on AMEX's Open Forum. Read the full article for more ideas on combatting big box retailers this holiday season.

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UC-Davis Stores Team Up with an Unlikely Ally

Posted by admin on 10/9/13 11:00 PM

The staff members at UC Davis Stores are launching a huge initiative this week, according to director Jason Lorgan. That should come as no surprise to those who know the staff well; they have a reputation for being innovative and are always up for trying something new. The other party involved, however, might leave you a little shocked. That's because it's Amazon.

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UAA Campus Bookstore Combats Back-to-School Competition

Posted by admin on 9/15/13 11:00 PM

Every year, University of Alaska Anchorage students are shuttled from the campus dorms to a local retailer to buy school supplies. That tradition, however, has always presented a bit of a problem for the campus bookstore, which sells many of the same items that students pick up on the trip, at better prices. As a result, UAA Campus Bookstore staff decided to be proactive and plan an event this rush season that would encourage students to do their back-to-school shopping right on campus.

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Overcoming Key Retail Challenges

Posted by admin on 6/4/13 11:00 PM

The following excerpt, from the article With retail at a crossroads, supply chain value is key, was written by Jennifer Overstreet and published on The NRF's Retail's Big Blog. The article reviews advice presented by Jim Tompkins, CEO of Tompkins International,at the NRF’s Global Supply Chain Summit, To learn more about his perspective, view the full article.

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An Incredible Ride: WSU Bookstore Scores Big in Sales and Service during March Madness

Posted by Stephanie Kubas on 4/14/13 11:00 PM

The ninth-seeded Shockers kept the country on the edge of their seats this season as they advanced to the Final Four with four wins, one over top-seeded Gonzaga and one over second-seeded Ohio State. And in their first Final Four since 1965, they had the Cardinals fighting hard for a win.

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How To Distinguish Your Business From The Competition

Posted by admin on 4/9/13 11:00 PM

The following excerpt is from the article, How To Distinguish Your Business From The Competition, which was written by Yosef Martin, founder and President of Merchandize Liquidators, and published on Although the article refers to entrepreneurs, it can offer great insight into identifying the strengths and weaknesses of your competition as a college store, as well. Take a look at three of the beginning steps Martin suggests taking below, and then view the full article for additional information.

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