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Titan Shops Directly Engaged in Students Success

Posted by Jason Smallheer on 3/27/17 5:30 AM

The Titan Shops University Store at California State University, Fullerton, saw the opportunity to provide another tool for student success with an inclusive-access model, sidestepping faculty buy-in and using relationships with IT and publishers to move the needle.

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MBS Spring Forums Provides Hands-On Learning

Posted by Liz Schulte on 3/22/17 5:30 AM

MBS Systems’ 2017 Spring Forums is weeks away. Join us April 18-20, 2017, to learn the capabilities of the system in your store, network with other college stores to learn what they are doing differently and receive in depth training on your own system’s capabilities. The Spring Forums is free, and you receive a special MBS rate on your hotel during your stay.

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Colorado State University Bookstore; 2017 Collegiate Retailer of the Year

Posted by Jason Smallheer on 3/20/17 5:30 AM

It was an award 20 years in the making for the Colorado State University Bookstore and the Collegiate Retailer of the Year Award now proudly sits on their mantle.

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Boost Sales With Old Inventory

Posted by Liz Schulte on 3/16/17 5:30 AM

Old inventory is costing your college store money. Every day merchandise sits unseen on shelves, it becomes dated. The longer it stays there, the less likely it will sell. You can either continue to let it take up valuable space, or you can form a plan to move the unwanted stock. Below are four ways you can use your unsold products to generate more sales.

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Pi Makes the World Go Round — Or Is It Pie?

Posted by Jason Smallheer on 3/14/17 5:30 AM

For the average person, March 14 is just another day. Flip the calendar one more time, go through the motions looking ahead to the weekend. To those into the scientific and numerical significance of the day, today is Pi Day, the celebration of the mathematical number representing the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter and Albert Einstein’s birthday. Yay science.

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CU Book Store: MVP at ICBA

Posted by Liz Schulte on 3/13/17 5:30 AM

The CU Book Store at the University of Colorado Boulder brought home the MVP award at this year’s ICBA conference in Las Vegas. This is the first time they have won the prestigious award in the history of their membership in the organization. Constantly watching the industry and learning from their peers, the CU Book Store brings successful innovation to their campus.

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Join Us For MBS Systems Spring Training Forum

Posted by Liz Schulte on 3/9/17 5:30 AM

The MBS Systems Spring Forums are back and better than ever!

Meet with industry peers and MBS Systems representatives in Columbia, Missouri, from April 18-20, 2017, for three spectacular days of hands-on learning. Network with other college stores from across the country and MBS Systems staff in daily round table discussions about topics that matter to you most. Bring your laptop or tablet to learn about the many capabilities of your system from the experts and get your questions answered.  Best of all, the event is completely free!

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Dave Propst – 39 Years, a Legend and His Legacy

Posted by Jason Smallheer on 3/8/17 5:30 AM

On Black Friday of 1977, Dan Schuppan, president of MBS Textbook Exchange, was having an in-person conversation with Dave Propst, a young man who worked at Bill’s Bookstore, the off-campus bookstore at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Propst was interviewing for the role of a wholesale rep for Missouri Book Services (now MBS).

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Don’t Give up on Brick-and-Mortar

Posted by Liz Schulte on 3/7/17 5:30 AM

Everywhere you look there is another article touting the benefits of eCommerce — and it is impressive. However, brick-and-mortar stores are still going strong and shoppers’ reasons for choosing in-person shopping over online shopping remain valid, as do the reasons some shoppers prefer making online purchases. The beauty of the dilemma is that it doesn’t have to be one or the other. Not only can both exist in harmony, but they can work together to provide a better experience for the shopper and the store.

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Forget the First Impression, What’s Your Last-ing Impression?

Posted by Jason Smallheer on 1/24/17 5:30 AM

We’ve heard the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” We think about it often; on the job interview or meeting a new business partner. But how do we make a lasting impression and what can get in the way? 

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