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Cleaning the Pasture

Posted by Rob Heller on 1/31/18 5:30 AM

What a winter!

Any cold weather blood I once had has long been diluted by chlorine and salt water. Temperatures shouldn’t drop into the teens in the Carolinas ever — they just shouldn’t. I’m over this cold weather. Bring on springtime! Bring on the outdoors!

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Go Pack!

Posted by Rob Heller on 9/8/17 5:30 AM

This week I volunteered at Wolfpack Outfitters to distribute prepacked textbooks to incoming students. As I arrived for work, I parked in the deck by Reynolds Coliseum located next door to the Talley Student Union. Inside the store, a gondola of NC State imprinted spiral notebooks stood by the pathway for online order pickups. Employees were laughing and smiling. It brought me back to the early 80’s and memories of my first college bookstore visit.

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Rushing Toward Rush

Posted by Liz Schulte on 8/3/17 5:30 AM

Rush is right around the corner. Are you prepared? We compiled some of the best practices to prepare for one of your busiest times of the year.

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2017 Spring Rush Survival Guide; Are You Ready? - [Infographic]

Posted by Kate Seat on 1/13/17 5:30 AM

As the spring rush season begins, we wanted to share a survival guide and checklist, setting you up for success this season. Good luck and welcome to spring 2017!

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6 Tips for Surviving Rush

Posted by Kate Seat on 12/9/16 5:30 AM

For retailers, the holiday season is their busiest time of year. For college stores, however, there are multiple busy periods. Rush and buyback (which can each occur 2-4 times a year), as well as campus events fill your calendar in a hurry. We know it can get a little overwhelming, so we’ve compiled a few tips to help you make it through the madness.

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5 Ways Running a Bookstore is Like Competing in the Rio Olympics

Posted by Dean Asher on 8/10/16 4:00 AM

At MBS, we know a thing or two about books and the Olympics. For years back in the '80s and '90s, we even hosted our own Book Olympics.

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Rush Survival [Infographic]

Posted by Kate Seat on 1/15/16 1:00 AM

The back-to-school rush has already begun for many stores out there and for everyone else, it's about to start. Make sure you and your staff are ready when the crowds of students begin flooding in!

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The Phoenix Bookstore Schmoozes with Students

Posted by Kate Seat on 11/29/15 11:00 PM

Reaching out to new and returning students on a regular basis is vital to the success of any college store. After all, if your students aren’t fully aware of all you have to offer or the important role you play as part of the campus community, they may choose to shop elsewhere. Schmoozefest, a yearly event sponsored by the University Union at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, welcomes students back to campus with free food and gift bags — and The Phoenix Bookstore makes sure they are involved in the festivities.

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Take a Break from Rush with Our Super Short Survey

Posted by Dean Asher on 9/4/15 12:00 AM

It's the busiest time of year. Why not take a break, if only for 2 minutes or less?

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Rush Survival [Infographic]

Posted by Kate Seat on 7/30/15 12:00 AM

Are you counting down the days yet? Rush will be here before you know it, so make sure you're prepared!

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