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Untether Your Point of Service with the MBS POS on Microsoft Surface Pro

Posted by Dean Asher on 11/21/16 5:00 AM

Working at a college store requires being on the move. We understand that there are opportunities and events outside the bookstore, and our mobile POS is designed to free you from traditional retail boundaries, expanding your sales floor to wherever your customers are.

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See How Easy Retail Can Be [eBook]

Posted by Dean Asher on 10/28/16 12:19 PM

You work in a complicated industry, but it doesn't have to be any harder than necessary. Just take it from the UU Bookstore.

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Arc: Flexibility that Promotes Productivity [Video]

Posted by Dean Asher on 7/6/16 5:00 AM

With our roots running deep in the textbook business, MBS strives to make life in the hectic world of college retail easier for its partner stores. That goal was a guiding principle behind Arc, our latest innovation that puts all of your retail management tools in one single-portal access point. In this video, see what UCM Store Director Charlie Rutt had to say about the time savings and flexibility Arc will present for his store.

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MBS: The Story So Far [Video]

Posted by Dean Asher on 3/29/16 11:30 PM

Today, MBS is known across North America as a leading wholesaler and systems developer for college stores. But did you know that before we had hundreds of thousands of titles on hand in a 350,000-square-foot warehouse, there was a time when we were just two full-time employees in an old grocery store?

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Arc Steals the Show at CAMEX

Posted by Dean Asher on 3/16/16 9:44 AM

Vice President of MBS Customer Relations Sarah Shiflett has seen a lot of positive reactions over the years she's given product demos and feature presentations. She's seen smiles, she's heard applause and cheers, but she'd never seen the level of excitement she witnessed at CAMEX.

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University Book Store Unveils Updated Location

Posted by admin on 5/19/13 11:00 PM

Since last October, University Book Store at University of Wisconsin – Madison has been under renovation. The 20,000 square foot remodel focused on adding space to their selling area and creating a more retail-centric atmosphere. The results, according to director Kevin Phelps, are phenomenal.

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Access Your MBS Applications on an iPad!

Posted by admin on 4/24/12 11:00 PM

Our goal is to be a resource to your store at any time or location that you may need. That’s why we ensure that our products and services are available to you in a variety of formats. Did you know, for instance, that if you are a TA2online or GM2online user with new HTML access, most of your back office applications can be accessed and run from your iPad?

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UMD Stores Build Customer Loyalty

Posted by Stephanie Kubas on 9/6/11 11:00 PM

With so many consumer options available it can be difficult to keep students coming back to your store. For this reason, loyal customers are a retailer’s biggest asset when it comes to staying competitive, and rewarding these repeat visitors is essential to continued success.

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Tom Bauer's Experience on The Road to Retail Success

Posted by admin on 8/17/11 11:00 PM

From working summers with his father at the college bookstore at the age of 13 to newly appointed Vice Chancellor of Auxiliary Services and Enterprise Operations at the San Mateo County Community College District, Tom Bauer has truly seen the collegiate retail industry evolve throughout his career.

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MBS Symposium Series: A Change of Perspective for Omar Iftikhar

Posted by admin on 8/3/11 11:00 PM

Today, Omar Iftikhar, General Director of System Development at MBS and former IT Director at the Titan Shops, shares his past experience at Symposium and why he can’t wait for this year!

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