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How You Can Promise Accurate, On-time Course Material Delivery to Your Students

Posted by Dean Asher on Apr 5, 2016 7:00:00 AM
Topics: Higher Ed, K-12, ed tech

What do your students need to succeed?

That’s an open-ended question. They need a lot to succeed, such as good instruction, a will to learn and a strong support system. But they also need tangible things, like supplies, access to research materials, and last but not least, course materials.

In fact, 78% of students agree books are important to success according to the Student Public Interest Research Group, even if they don’t actually buy their books due to cost or other factors.

That’s why it’s so important to have a delivery system that works — to get the books your students need into their hands in time for class, so they have the best chance of success.

What’s Less Likely than Accurate, On-time Delivery from MBS Direct?

You might have already heard MBS Direct's distribution stats:

  • 94% of materials available at the time of purchase: Your students are very unlikely to have any backorder issues shopping in your Online Bookstore
  • 96% of materials in students’ hands by their class start date: We have students' course materials out of our warehouse doors within 24 hours of ordering in-stock items

And the big one,

  • 99.9% order accuracy and on-time performance levels: Our dedicated staff and automated warehouse systems ensure your students get what they ordered, when they ordered them

We have a proven history of doing fulfillment right. But what does 99.9% mean? It sounds really impressive, but at the same time, isn't it just a number?

To drive home just how often 99.9% is, here’s a list of things that are less likely than a student’s order being fulfilled accurately and on time through MBS Direct.

1. Getting caught in the rain in Seattle



Seattle is called the Rainy City, and for good reason: it's known worldwide for its wet Pacific Northwest climate. Sunny days are popularly considered so uncommon that nearby Forks, Washington was fictionalized as a popular destination for vampires in Stephanie Meyers' "Twilight" series. But even if you were to visit Seattle during December — the city's rainiest time of the year —the odds of it raining on any given day during your stay are just 68%.

 2. Dropping your toast and having it land butter-side down

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This example of Murphy's Law is also pretty well-known: if you drop your toast, it's going to land butter-side down. It has its own Wikipedia article, and there have even been scientific studies researching the phenomenon. Their findings? Toast's propensity to land butter-side down is largely due to the number of times the average-sized piece of toast tends to flip when dropped upright from the average-sized table, and by some estimates happens roughly 81% of the time.

 3. Buying a Powerball ticket that's a complete bust



When the Powerball rose to a record-setting $1.6 billion earlier this year, more people than ever bought a ticket — and just three ticket-holders got to claim a share of the jackpot. However, it's true that for the lowest Powerball payout of a $4 consolation prize, nearly one in about every 38 tickets will pay out. When all prize values are taken into consideration, your chances of buying a ticket that is a complete waste of money is right around 96%.

 4. Flipping a coin six times in a row without it landing on the same side each time



Each time you flip a coin, you've got 50-50 odds of heads or tails. If you remember some of your old stat or algebra exams, you also know that when you try to go for the same result on each consecutive flip, your odds logically diminish quite a bit. Just how much? There's just a 1/64 chance of getting heads 100% of the time when flipping a coin six times, which means your chances of getting at least one tails in that sequence are a whopping 98.43%.

So what's that all mean?

Thanks to our dedicated staff and automated warehouse system, size of inventory and extensive accuracy-checking process, we have a proven history of using our resources to deliver the right books to the right students on time for students in hundreds of schools and programs worldwide. 

Our fulfillment process is designed to promote your students’ success. So why put their books in any other hands?

About Dean Asher

Dean Asher is a former copywriter with MBS. Though he no longer writes for us, he is still proud of having helped this blog continue to evolve as an industry-leading resource of news and original content.

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