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The College of Idaho Launches Online Bookstore and Stays on Campus

Posted by Dean Asher on Jan 27, 2017 5:30:00 AM

The College of Idaho maximized savings for students and minimized staff headaches by switching to an online bookstore and keeping a physical store on campus. Students now have the right course materials and the cost-saving options they prefer, while the school can concentrate on the higher profit margin spirit gear.

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Lincoln University Moves to Online Bookstore; Increases SFA Options

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Jan 9, 2017 5:30:00 AM

In a move designed to reduce the cost of course materials and ensure they are in the hands of students when they need them, Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, made the move from a traditional brick and mortar store to a 100% online store.

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Ouachita Baptist University Expands Options for Students

Posted by Kate Seat on Dec 6, 2016 6:00:00 AM

For college stores, balancing regular retail space against the area needed for a robust textbook section can be a challenge. With their former leasing partner, Ouachita Baptist University Campus Store struggled to offer a broad enough selection of course material options to keep their students shopping in-store, without compromising the profit-making potential of their remaining retail space.

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North Central University Simplifies Fulfillment, Saves Students Time

Posted by Dean Asher on Nov 29, 2016 5:00:00 AM

When North Central University's longtime bookstore manager took a job elsewhere, the school took the opportunity to re-evaluate its store and how it served students' course material needs. The Christian co-ed Minnesota residential college found that its 1,300 students were facing some challenges, including long waits and an inefficient process within their on-campus bookstore.

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Nolan Catholic High School Students Get the Right Books, on Time

Posted by Dean Asher on Nov 8, 2016 5:00:00 AM

Student success is one of Nolan Catholic High School's most critical goals. The 9-12 college prep school offers its approximately 850 students a wide range of honors, AP and dual credit courses, and maintains a successful robotics team, an aquaponic greenhouse and the longest-running ecology program of its kind that offers students field study opportunities throughout Texas and Costa Rica.

NCHS also understands the important role course materials play in student success, which led them to begin searching for a new fulfillment solution for this year.

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Cape Henry Collegiate Makes It Easier than Ever for Families to Purchase Their Students' Course Materials

Posted by Dean Asher on Oct 10, 2016 5:00:00 AM

Cape Henry Collegiate is known for its academics, but if you ask Head of Middle School Amanda Hayes, families choose the Virginia independent school for its focus on knowing, valuing and challenging each of their pre-K through 12th grade students. With 900 students and a 10:1 student-teacher ratio, it's fairly easy to do.

So when their previous course material fulfillment provider struggled to provide the same level of attention and care to providing families with quality materials and service, the school knew it may be time to find a better fit.

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Hinsdale High School District 86 Offers More Equitable Cost Savings for Students

Posted by Dean Asher on Oct 4, 2016 5:00:00 AM

For the past six years, Hinsdale High School District 86 has been perhaps one of the most unique districts in the United States.

It's not uncommon for public schools in the Chicago area to administer a textbook or course material fee to families to cover costs for their student's education, but in an effort to reduce costs, Hinsdale's two high schools — Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South — opted to have families purchase their own materials from a third party.

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Detroit Catholic Central High School Simplifies eContent Delivery and Use for Students

Posted by Dean Asher on Sep 26, 2016 8:32:30 AM

Since 1928, Detroit Catholic Central (DCC) High School has given 9-12 grade boys in the Michigan area a quality college preparatory education guided by their motto: "Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge." In the present day, the school's 1,100 students get a more modern twist on their education — as a 1:1 iPad school, educational apps and digital course materials are an important part of the school's curriculum.

Sourcing the materials from dozens of publishers and content distributors, and providing them to their students in a convenient low-cost package soon became a tall order, however.

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Wabash College Puts Books Where Students Shop: Online

Posted by Dean Asher on Sep 19, 2016 5:00:00 AM

As a liberal arts college for men with about 910 full-time students, Wabash College has been educating students in the Crawfordsville, Indiana area since 1832. But although they've had their own on-campus bookstore for much of that time, dwindling sales in an increasingly digital world forced the school to consider alternatives. After a visit to Hampden-Sydney College for an athletic event, College President Gregg Hess observed there were no books on the shelves at the campus store, and learned how effective an online course material store could be.

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St. Pius X - St. Matthias Academy Saves Students Money with New Online Bookstore

Posted by Dean Asher on Sep 1, 2016 5:00:00 AM

St. Pius X - St. Matthias Academy is a close-knit community. With a 15:1 student-teacher ratio and an average class size of 23, the private Catholic 9-12 co-ed school is also 1-to-1 with technology in an effort to provide students with a supportive learning community.

With those goals in mind, school officials realized their students had a harder time pursuing academic excellence if their families were being priced out of acquiring their course materials. PMA had been using an online course material fulfillment provider to meet its needs, but the cost of materials forced them to look elsewhere.

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