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3 Paths to Better Wantlist Fulfillment [Infographic]

Posted by Liz Schulte on 9/25/19 6:00 AM

Students expect to have a choice when it comes to course material formats. College stores that can offer a variety of affordable options can better compete with online competition and bring more students to the bookstore. That’s why MBS developed its new wantlist tool, SimpleSource.

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UW's University Book Store Helps Improve College Affordability

Posted by Liz Schulte on 6/10/19 6:00 AM

The course material industry offers a variety of ways to lower textbook costs, but the most tried and true way is to provide students with greater access to used books. However, maximizing the number of used books your store has available can take a lot of time and resources. That’s why MBS created SimpleSource. SimpleSource gives stores an easy way to manage their entire wantlist process from wholesale inventory to marketplace sourcing.

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The Pros and Cons of Sourcing from the Textbook Marketplace

Posted by Lilli Brooks on 2/20/19 5:00 AM

In the 14 years that I have worked in the textbook industry, I have witnessed a lot of trends come and go. I have worked hand in hand with countless stores, helping implement the latest, most innovative college retail technology or strategies. With the mounting pressure for college bookstores to be both profitable and service-oriented, my college store friends must wear many hats and juggle an impossible number of responsibilities.

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