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5 Reasons Why Rental Is Crucial in 2015

Posted by Kate Seat on 2/17/15 10:00 PM

Rental has shaken up the textbook industry over the last five years, and the staying power of this trend indicates that it isn't going to lose traction any time soon. If your store doesn’t currently offer rentals, now is the time to seriously consider it.

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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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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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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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How to Overcome Online Retailers' Rental Programs

Posted by admin on 8/12/12 11:00 PM Inc. announced the launch of a new print textbook rental program last week. With such a significant retailer entering the rental game, it is more important than ever for college stores to offer the option to students.

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Auburn University Bookstore's Textbook Buying Guide Enhances Student Perception

Posted by Stephanie Kubas on 7/29/12 11:00 PM

When it comes to choosing the most affordable course materials, students are often confused. For years, Rusty Weldon, assistant director at Auburn University Bookstore, had tried to verbally communicate his expertise on the topic to students and their families. Dedicated to saving his customers the most money, however, he decided it was time to show them instead.

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University Bookstore Shows Students Rental Savings

Posted by admin on 6/19/12 11:00 PM

MBS Foreword Online - Rental Savings PostersRental programs offer significant upfront savings to students; however, not all are aware of the benefits. To help students better understand the advantages of his store’s program, Jeff Wieck, textbook program coordinator. of University Bookstore at Eastern Washington University, decided to show rather than tell them about the cost-saving option.

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Three Rivers College Bookstore Raises Awareness with Rental Return Promotion

Posted by admin on 6/3/12 11:00 PM

Based on a financial analysis, NACS recently found Three Rivers College Bookstore to be three times more profitable as a percentage than the average community college bookstore; Bob Jansen, Executive Director of Retail Operations, attributes a big part of that achievement to the store’s rental program.

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