You need a company that can supply the books you need and provide a state-of-the-art system which handles your workload and produces actionable data; a company that values relationships and grasps the nuances of the industry. A company like MBS.
Esther Rosner, MBS territory manager, began working for the company when it was located at the Paris Road location in Columbia, Missouri. Through the years, she has watched MBS grow and the book industry change. We sat down with Esther at the annual sales force meeting to hear about the evolution of the textbook industry and how stores continue to adapt to the industry changes.
You are five minutes late to meet a friend, but you also have to pick up a couple things before the store closes. You rush inside the store, hoping to get in and out quickly. Immediately you are greeted by rows of overstuffed shelves with more merchandise that you can take in at a glance. You scan the store looking for someone to help you or a sign pointing you in the way you need to go. You only see flashy, red sale signage and uninterested faces. Already late, you squeeze your way through the aisles searching for the few things that you needed to pick up. Your phone rings. It’s your friend asking where you are. You shove the items you managed to find onto the shelves and leave because you don’t have time to deal with it right now.
University of Central Missouri University Store Director Charlie Rutt needed no persuasion when it came to adopting the MBS POS on a Microsoft Surface Pro. When the tablet-sized register first appeared, Rutt seized the chance to increase sales with a mobile solution.
The MBS Microsoft Surface Pro Mobile POS offers more than an opportunity to conduct sales beyond your store. With the complete MBS Systems software loaded onto the state-of-the-art hardware, it’s a chance to increase productivity — and jettison your store ahead of the competition.
Imagine this: It is homecoming. The parades are on, the crowds are dense and the beer is flowing. You and six of your best associates are each armed with a Microsoft Surface Pro Mobile POS. In the past, you would have been forced to accept cash payments only for spirit wear. Now you can accept all tenders — even student cards and financial aid — right there at the parade. You no longer have to wait for the crowds to come to you. Your store taps into the school excitement on-the-spot.
Every store has to make sales. That’s the bottom line. Time is, in fact, money in a retail environment. There is rarely a day that it’s convenient to read an article expatiating about the 54 products your college store has to have to grow in 2017. It’s even less realistic to implement many of those ideas. Not only can they be expensive, but how long would it take to train your employees on a completely new system? In the end, will the costs of the endeavor outweigh the rewards?
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.
Your store doesn't have to end at your four walls. To remain more competitive, increase brand awareness and boost your customer base, you need to be mobile.