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Chaffey College Campus Store Has One Less Thing to Worry About With SimpleSource

Posted by Liz Schulte on 3/9/20 6:00 AM

SimpleSource is one of MBS’ most talked about new tools. As Textbook Buyer Sylvia Martinez at Chaffey College Campus Store discovered, streamlining wholesale and marketplace orders has never been easier. One shipment, one invoice and one easy tool: SimpleSource works for every campus store.

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Thompson Rivers University Bookstore Increased Used Book Sales 40%

Posted by Liz Schulte on 2/18/20 6:32 AM

Like many college stores, the Thompson Rivers University Bookstore has weathered a lot of industry changes over the last few years. Searching for a way to counteract declining textbook sales and improve student service, Course Materials Purchasing Coordinator Jon Mackintosh signed up for SimpleSource with the hope that he could save time and bring more high-quality used wholesale textbooks into the store.

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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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