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Include Food

Posted by Lori Reese on 7/19/18 5:30 AM

Salty, sweet or protein-rich: food is guaranteed to drive students into your store morning, noon and night.

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Career Matters

Posted by Lori Reese on 6/21/18 5:30 AM

Winning the heart of today’s student means showing you care about the two things: money and career.

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The Places to Be

Posted by Lori Reese on 5/9/18 5:30 AM

It’s got to be cool. It can’t be too generic. It’s got to be ultra-convenient, and, most of all, today’s college store must speak directly to the peculiar needs, tastes and lifestyle of today’s diverse student body.

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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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Think Positive

Posted by Lori Reese on 10/26/17 5:30 AM

Consider this: How many students coming into your store resemble the models and mannequins used to sell your spirit wear? If your customers are like the bulk of Americans, then most do not. If they’re anything like most college students nationwide, they’re also highly vulnerable to eating disorders.

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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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Amazon Cybercriminals Endanger Students

Posted by Lori Reese on 5/18/17 5:30 AM

A global ransomware attack raises awareness about cybercrime, but a less-publicized scam is likely to impact students more: phony third-party sellers on Amazon that snag credit card information and fail to ship promised goods.

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Signs of the Times

Posted by Lori Reese on 5/2/17 5:30 AM

The retail layoffs started last year, as business journals projected job losses on a scale not seen since 2010. Then, in January, Macy’s and Sears announced hundreds of stores would be shutting down. Even Wal-Mart has shown it’s not immune. The retail behemoth announced in the same month it would cut roughly 1,000 jobs.

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Lycoming College Partnership Better Serves a Diverse Student Body

Posted by Lori Reese on 4/24/17 5:30 AM

For Lycoming College's bookstore director Tricia Bausinger, the recent decision to partner with MBS Direct is more than an opportunity to inject new life into a business. It’s a chance to offer better service to a rapidly-changing student body. 

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Expand Your Professional Network at MBS Spring Forums

Posted by Liz Schulte on 4/6/17 5:30 AM

Only a couple weeks away, MBS Systems’ Spring Forums is almost here. There is still time to register, but space is running out fast. Join MBS Systems for this free event in Columbia, Missouri, April 18-20 for three days of hands-on learning and networking with other college stores.

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