Bookstore to be Revamped and Operated by Neebo, College Store Experts
JONESBORO – Starting May 27, 2014, the Arkansas State University Bookstore on the Jonesboro campus will be operated by Neebo, Inc. Neebo, Inc. is the holding company and beneficial owner of Nebraska Book Company, Inc., an industry leader in solutions for the college store marketplace.
Neebo was selected after a comprehensive and inclusive request-for-proposals process that involved undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
“I’m very pleased with the process followed by the committee,” said Dr. Len Frey, vice chancellor for Finance and Administration. “The open forums with the campus community, the rigorous interviews of the responding vendors, the extensive consultation with other colleges and universities, and the overall due diligence undertaken by the committee members has resulted in an excellent choice for our students and university.”
"Arkansas State is fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with Neebo, an innovative and growing company. I look forward to welcoming the Neebo team to our campus and to learning more about how Neebo is developing innovative ways to access and integrate digital course materials that are often essential resources in many of today's classes," said Dr. Gina Hogue, associate vice chancellor for academic services.
Gwen Clancy, senior vice president of college stores at Neebo, said the company is focused on helping the campus store be competitive in the textbooks business. “In today’s market, there are so many options on where students can purchase their books,” she said. “College bookstores need to step up with an effective strategy to win over guests with service and solutions that are in sync with students’ rising expectations.” Clancy noted that for nearly 100 years Neebo has served campus communities across the United States. They now own or operate more than 200 stores nationally.
"We [Neebo] can think of no greater opportunity than to serve Arkansas State University and its students, a pursuit that inspires us both as a college store management company and as people," Clancy said.
Neebo’s structure and services include:
- Availability of rentable books. Any textbook that is rentable will be available through the new system.
- Best Price Promise. If a customer finds a textbook for less than the Arkansas State University Store price, the customer can buy the book for 10 percent less than the price at the competing store.
- Focus on guest service. All team members will participate in intensive guest-service training.
- Convenient e-commerce platform. Guests can choose their favorite way to purchase textbooks and merchandise—in the store or online.
- Competitive prices for apparel, supplies and gifts. The store will offer the brands guests want at a variety of competitive price levels. There is something for everyone.
Textbook Purchases and Rentals
Students can purchase or rent textbooks in store or on the bookstore website http://www.ArkansasStateBookstore.com beginning May 27, 2014.
About Arkansas State University
A destination university focused on the mission of educating leaders, enhancing intellectual growth and enriching lives, Arkansas State University is a doctoral-level institution serving residents of Arkansas, the Mid-South and the Delta with over 150 majors from its main campus in Jonesboro. A Division I BCS member and home to research programs including the Arkansas Biosciences Institute and the Delta Center for Economic Development, A-State began in 1909 as the region’s agricultural and educational hub. Expanding today with its first international campus location set for Mexico and a plan for a college of osteopathic medicine in Jonesboro, Arkansas State is known world-wide. Learn more at AState.edu.
Neebo is an online retailer and a nationwide network of hundreds of college stores. Neebo provides millions of students, parents, faculty and alumni with the most complete selection of rental, used and new textbooks, as well as college-branded apparel, gear and accessories. Neebo is the complete college outfitter, dedicated to making college—one of life’s best experiences—even better. Neebo is a registered trademark of Nebraska Book Company, Inc., which was founded nearly 100 years ago with a store near the University of Nebraska Lincoln campus. The Company pioneered used textbook distribution and expanded to campuses across the country. It is owned by Neebo, Inc. For more information, visit http://www.neebo.com.
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