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Submit Your Rental Lists Beginning Nov. 21

Posted by Dean Asher on 11/10/16 5:00 AM

Later this month, you'll be able to ensure you can offer the most cost savings and format options available to your students.

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What Hammocks and Super Soakers Teach Us About the Bookstore Industry

Posted by Rob Heller on 9/20/16 5:00 AM

Sure, I’ll admit I was drifting a little bit. Stretched out in the hammock, enjoying the last of those sweet summer rays. Jimmy Buffett was on the speakers. I could almost feel those gentle, coconut trade winds swaying my swing — back and forth, back and forth, back and forth.

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Why Adapt? Just Ask the Dinosaurs [eBook]

Posted by Kate Seat on 9/14/16 7:37 AM
Some trends shouldn’t be ignored

The word “fad” exists for a reason.

Some retail phases come and go — selfie stick, anyone? — and just because something’s popular, doesn’t mean your store should jump on board. With rental you should just wait and see, right?


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5 Reasons Why Rental Is Crucial in 2015

Posted by Kate Seat on 2/17/15 10:00 PM

Rental has shaken up the textbook industry over the last five years, and the staying power of this trend indicates that it isn't going to lose traction any time soon. If your store doesn’t currently offer rentals, now is the time to seriously consider it.

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Climbing Higher with MBS Rental

Posted by Rob Heller on 8/5/14 11:00 PM

The following excerpt is from the blog of MBS Wholesale Marketing Representative Rob Heller. Read the rest of his post, and then be sure to check out his other entertaining entries here.

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University Store Offers Convenient Rental Return Drop Off

Posted by Stephanie Kubas on 1/12/14 10:00 PM

We all know that price is essential to winning student business. And, convenience is the key to keeping it. In order to gain continued sales from any customer, you have to ensure that your store’s processes are simple and seamless for both your staff and your students; which is exactly why Stacy Elofir, director of University Store at Towson University, decided to create an after-hours drop off option for rental returns.

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Will The Real Textbook Industry Disruptor Please Stand Up?

Posted by admin on 11/18/13 10:00 PM

The following article was written by Alan Martin and published on

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California Bill Introduced to Terminate Textbook Sales Tax

Posted by admin on 4/7/13 11:00 PM

The following excerpt is from the article State representative introduces bill terminating textbook sales tax, written by Sydney Cohen, Aggie News Writer, for The California Aggie. To learn more about the proposed bill and what other professors had to say about it, view the full article.

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VandalStore Offers Reduced Textbook Prices by Renting Publisher Pack

Posted by Stephanie Kubas on 12/4/12 10:00 PM

VandalStore at University of Idaho has always been dedicated to offering excellent customer service and, as the collegiate retail landscape evolves, they’ve begun exploring new avenues to help them continue to excel in that area.

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University Store More Than Doubles Dollars Spent on Rental

Posted by Dean Asher on 10/21/12 11:00 PM

Since University Store at Towson University began their rental program two years ago, Stacy Elofir, director, has been strategizing ways that the store could offer their entire inventory for rent. Dedicated to offering students the best value, Elofir was determined to make the idea both financially and logistically feasible for the store.

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