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Mapping Student Buying Habits: A Comparison of MBS Direct Distribution Options [Infographic]

Posted by Dean Asher on Dec 15, 2016 9:10:18 AM

This summer we shared the following infographic about the choices students make and how it affects ordering course materials. As students prepare for winter break and the upcoming spring semester, we wanted to have a short refresher about the options available to ensure your students have the materials they need when they need them.  

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Taking the Hassle Out of Course Material Management

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Jul 12, 2016 4:30:00 AM

Ever wonder why large companies are able to offer lower prices than the local mom-and-pop store? The core reasoning behind that phenomenon is something called "economy of scale." In essence, the bigger the company, the more they are able to put towards things like efficiency, which results in savings. Those savings can then be passed on to customers. The economy of scale MBS Direct provides can make a significant difference to the success of your course material program. In this guide, we go through all the different ways our company helps you stand out:

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Is a Course Material Fee Program Right for Your Students? [White Paper]

Posted by Dean Asher on Jun 28, 2016 5:00:00 AM

Deciding whether or not to utilize a course material fee model at your school is a complex choice. Like any decision, there are lots of things to consider: how will this affect the cost your students pay? Is delivery reliable? Will faculty have the academic freedom they need to change their adopted course materials as often as they want? Will students have choice of format or the ability to easily opt out? We know you'll have questions, which is why we're helping you find answers.

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Managing Course Material Costs for Your Students [Prezi]

Posted by Dean Asher on Jun 16, 2016 6:00:00 AM

If you want your students to be as successful as possible, they need to have their course materials. When cost, convenience or other factors lead to lower acquisition rates, many schools look to shake up their fulfillment model to encourage more students to get the materials they need before the start of class. There are lots of ways to do that out there, but not every approach is right for every school. Some are tried-and-true, more conservative plans to help keep costs down for students, while others require more investment and an aggressive implementation to pay out big.

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Find Your Fulfillment Flavor: the Best Course Material Model for Your School

Posted by Dean Asher on May 24, 2016 5:00:00 AM

When it comes to course material distribution, what’s your favorite flavor?

Finding the right course material fulfillment model for your program might seem like walking into an ice cream parlor: the choices can feel overwhelming. The trick? Know your flavors before going in. 

Some options are better for your institution than others. From contract terms to freedom to flexibility, your choice in fulfillment solution will have a major effect on how your school operates, how your students acquire their course materials, how much they save and ultimately their learning outcomes.

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Mapping Student Buying Habits: A Comparison of MBS Direct Distribution Options [Infographic]

Posted by Dean Asher on May 19, 2016 9:18:12 AM

The MBS Direct Online Bookstore strives to make acquiring course materials as easy and affordable as possible for your students. Convenient service, low prices and a range of purchasing options are a few ways we put our best foot forward getting students the content they need when they need it. But student buyer behavior can be influenced by a wide range of factors which inhibit their success outside of our control.

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4 Reasons Course Material Fee Solutions Are Not as Scary as You Think

Posted by Dean Asher on May 17, 2016 4:30:00 AM

Every industry has its bogeymen that go bump in the night and threaten to disrupt business. Course materials have had their fair share, and one of them is a fulfillment model that is gaining a lot of popularity in recent years: The course material fee program. You might have heard some campfire stories about programs requiring restrictive long-term contracts and earning the ire of students who felt they were forced to acquire their materials and couldn’t choose formats or look for a better deal... but don’t worry: It’s not as scary as it seems.

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Is Your School Ready for a Course Material Fee Program?

Posted by Dean Asher on May 11, 2016 4:30:00 AM

If you want students to succeed, a good place to start is to make sure they have their course materials. In fact, according to the Book Industry Study Group's Spring 2015 Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education study, more than 50% of all students believe learning materials help them improve grades in their courses, prepare for their future careers, complete assignments and prepare for quizzes and exams. That's why schools, stores, publishers and just about everyone else involved in the course material business have been looking for ways to increase acquisition of their required titles before the start of class.

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