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The Rental Reference

Posted by Liz Schulte on Oct 17, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Rentals offer students upfront savings on their course materials, but not all rental programs are created equal. It is important to make sure you find the right rental program that meets your school’s individual needs.

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Alphabetically Challenged: Another Reason Students Fail to Buy Textbooks

Posted by Lori Reese on Oct 6, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Recently, a former colleague posted a gripe on Facebook illustrating a generation gap that partly explains why students aren’t buying textbooks: Of his 100-plus freshmen at a competitive southeast state school, only two knew the definition of a verb.

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North Central University Provides Students a Better Experience

Posted by Liz Schulte on Sep 25, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, North Central University is an awesome place to be. Just three blocks from the new Viking stadium (where the Super Bowl will be held in 2018), the school immerses students in the great city atmosphere as they learn and explore. When Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Business & Finance Amy High came to the University she was enamored with the beautiful campus and the wonderful atmosphere, but one area needed a little work: the campus bookstore.

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Three Ways an Online Bookstore Saves Money

Posted by Liz Schulte on Sep 21, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Practical ways to decrease overhead while increasing productivity are rare, but that is exactly what an online bookstore provides. For a growing number of schools, the costs associated with maintaining a physical bookstore outweigh the benefit — especially when it can be done with virtually no risk or inconvenience.

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5 Hidden Problems an Online Bookstore Solves

Posted by Lori Reese on Sep 7, 2017 5:30:00 AM

I had witnessed the convenience of an online bookstore first-hand as a college instructor, but it wasn’t until I visited a brick-and-mortar college store during rush that I realized how much can go wrong while a student is doing something as seemingly simple as buying a textbook. I thought that listing the book, the author and the ISBN number on my syllabus was more than enough to ensure students had their course materials in time for my class. Little did I know.

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Win Student Trust From the Start

Posted by Liz Schulte on Sep 6, 2017 5:30:00 AM

A student stares down at rows of books, perplexed, eyebrows drawn together as she squints at the shelf tags between the constant stream of other students shuffling by. To her left, another student stands with his friends trying to look up the books he needs online.

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Hear What Others Are Saying About MBS Direct

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 29, 2017 5:30:00 AM

MBS Direct’s ease, convenience, cost-savings and support provides K–12 partner schools the digital flexibility they need to reach new educational heights. 

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3 Lessons Schools Can Learn From Amazon

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 25, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Amazon is one of the biggest retail innovators of the last two decades, arguably the 21st century. They seemingly dive into markets overnight and change the way things are done along with the public’s expectations. What wisdom can schools extrapolate from Amazon’s business practices to carry into the future?

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Promoversity Makes Offering School Merchandise Easy

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 22, 2017 5:30:00 AM

MBS Direct has recently partnered with Promoversity to offer your school an online merchandise program. Whether you need spirit wear, customized event t-shirts or mugs, Promoversity offers a one-stop shop at no cost to you.

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How Faculty Perceive Their Role in Course Materials Choices

Posted by Lori Reese on Aug 17, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As pressure mounts to reduce student costs, it’s critical for administrators to understand how faculty regard course materials. Instructors are the top decision-makers when it comes to instructional design. Without faculty buy-in, administrative initiatives are likely to fail.

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