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A One-stop Shop for Course Material Ordering

Posted by Liz Schulte on 4/21/21 6:30 AM

When it is time to order textbooks, there are benefits to being able to fill more of your wantlist with one trusted company. MBS has the scale and resources to provide college stores with a one-stop shop for your ordering needs, saving you time and money.

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Crowder College Bookstore Discusses the Great Opportunities That Come With a Premier Partnership

Posted by Liz Schulte on 11/30/20 6:15 AM

Crowder College Bookstore Director Colleen Holland has heard a lot about the MBS Premier Partnership from her MBS representative over the years. Through the years, her store has gotten low-cost inventory from MBS and considered MBS to be a trusted vendor. But this year, Ms. Holland decided it was time to go a step further to receive the many benefits that come with a premier partnership.

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How Can Your Store Get More Books for Fall and Save Money?

Posted by Liz Schulte on 7/29/20 1:00 AM

Ordering through MBS SimpleSource helps stores save money, time and get more books. The process is simple. Start your SimpleSource order as soon as possible. The earlier titles are submitted, the more discounted inventory you will have access to as the wantlist is reworked. Follow the progress of your order fulfillment in SimpleSource with easy to understand charts and graphs or set your cycles and let them run. We will take care of the rest.

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How to Lower Costs and Increase Margins on New Books

Posted by Liz Schulte on 6/10/20 6:00 AM

There is a very simple way to decrease textbook costs in your store. In addition to low-cost used books, MBS also offers college stores a 12.5 percent discount off the publisher net price on new textbooks. By simply selling the new books you get from MBS first, your store saves money on the cost of textbooks.

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The Hawk Bookstore Lowers Costs and Increases Revenue with SimpleSource

Posted by Liz Schulte on 4/8/20 6:30 AM

The Hawk Bookstore at Santiago Canyon College has found a solution that helps lower overhead costs, improve student savings and increase sales. What has made such a difference in the store? More used books.

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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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How the Skyline College Bookstore Saves Time and Gets More Used Books

Posted by Liz Schulte on 9/23/19 6:00 AM

Campus store professionals are busy. Increasingly asked to do more with fewer resources, stores need tools that will streamline workloads and help keep costs down. When MBS presented SimpleSource to the Skyline College Bookstore, Store Manager Kevin Chak immediately saw the potential it had to save him and the store a lot of time.

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Spotlight Interview: A Whole New Way to Bin and Hold

Posted by Liz Schulte on 1/30/19 5:30 AM

Recently, we sat down with Corporate Marketing Representative Lillian Brooks to discuss SimpleSource, MBS’ new ordering tool that college stores already love. SimpleSource saves time and money by helping bookstores efficiently source wholesale and marketplace inventory.

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MBS at PowerSuites; Live at ICBA in Vegas

Posted by Jason Smallheer on 2/6/17 5:30 AM

The Independent College Bookstore Association Retail Conference is February 14 – 17 in Las Vegas, and MBS is going to be onsite to answer your questions as both a partner and resource.

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When the Writing's on the Wall: How to Tell If Your Wholesaler's Working Out for You [Quiz]

Posted by Dean Asher on 11/2/16 9:15 AM

Your wholesale partnership is one of the most important business relationships your store cultivates, so it's important to review it on occasion and make sure it's not one-sided.

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