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A Head of Lettuce and a College Kiosk

Posted by Rob Heller on 11/19/14 10:00 PM

Check out the latest post from the blog of MBS Wholesale Rep Rob Heller:

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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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Chemeketa Community College Sees Boost in ebook, Rental Sales

Posted by Dean Asher on 7/27/14 11:00 PM

The Chemeketa Bookstore is seeing a significant increase in both its rental and ebook sales brought on by just a few shelf talkers, small signs advertising the rental and ebook programs and their advantages on the shelves holding traditional textbooks.

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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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Titan Shops Increases Early Rental Return by 20%

Posted by Stephanie Kubas on 12/10/13 10:00 PM

The end of the term is always a hectic time for college stores. Last semester, Titan Shops attempted to change that with a promotion that got rental books back in their hands earlier. Their simple, yet effective approach allowed them to ultimately streamline the return process and reduce the stress on their staff.

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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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Columbus State Community College Promotes Textbook Affordability

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

In recent years, the rising cost of textbooks has caught the attention of everyone from government agencies to the media. But, college stores have been taking action against the issue for years, ensuring they offer the lowest prices possible to their students. Columbus State Community College, located in Columbus, Ohio, has been at the forefront of the movement, doing all that they can to provide the best value; and they have faculty, students, administration and, of course, bookstore staff members, involved in the effort.

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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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