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Spotlight: How to Streamline Implementation of a New Retail System

Posted by Liz Schulte on 2/4/20 6:00 AM

Switching your retail management system isn’t done on a whim. A lot of research goes into making sure that the new system will continue to be the right fit as your store and the retail industry evolve. However, while there are numerous benefits to upgrading your system, implementation can still seem like a daunting task. That’s why we recently sat down with Senior Systems Consultant Angela Gray to discuss how she helps ensure a streamlined implementation process for our partner stores.

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Cleaning the Pasture

Posted by Rob Heller on 1/31/18 5:30 AM

What a winter!

Any cold weather blood I once had has long been diluted by chlorine and salt water. Temperatures shouldn’t drop into the teens in the Carolinas ever — they just shouldn’t. I’m over this cold weather. Bring on springtime! Bring on the outdoors!

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4 Tips to Simplify Your Inventory

Posted by Dean Asher on 6/22/17 5:30 AM

Inventory feels like a four-letter word for many bookstores. After all, you only get so many opportunities a year to take inventory. It needs to get done to help ensure you order enough used books to serve your students and there never seems to be an easy way to do it.

But what if there were ways to make everything in your physical inventory process go more smoothly and with fewer problems? Thankfully with these tips in mind, it's easier than you might think to make the inventory count less stressful and time-consuming for you and your staff.

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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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The Real Cost Behind Loss Prevention

Posted by Dean Asher on 10/15/15 12:00 AM

There is not a corner of the retail world immune to theft. College stores have to be just as vigilant to prevent theft as big box stores and other retailers, if not more so. If you break down the cost of loss, inventory management can be even more important to your bottom line than you realize. That's the gist of this article from Retail Minded. Read the full post here.

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Taking Care of Business

Posted by Dean Asher on 8/12/14 11:00 PM


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Generator System Keeps MBS Warehouse Running, Orders Moving

Posted by Dean Asher on 7/8/14 11:00 PM

Power lines tangled and snapped throughout Columbia, but MBS was unaffected for the 3.5 hours it would have been without power. Many homes — and some trees on MBS property — weren't so lucky.

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Brew Up a Break from Inventory - Winner Announced!

Posted by Erica Martin on 7/1/14 9:35 AM

And the winner is...

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Brew up a Break From Inventory!

Posted by Joe Clarkin on 6/25/14 11:00 PM

Take a break from your counting and head on over to our Facebook page for a coffee-themed giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a specialty coffee mug, Starbucks gift card and chocolate-covered espresso beans. To enter, just share a picture of your best inventory "mug shot."

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Tales of Inventory Control: Baby Ducks Die Easy

Posted by Rob Heller on 4/17/14 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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