We needed a fresh approach so we chose to initiate a hybrid store model and selected Akademos to help us with the online bookstore because we believe their unique business model can offer our students better service and the lowest possible prices.
Norwalk, CT (PRWEB) June 15, 2016
Akademos, Inc. announced today that it has partnered with Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) to lower textbook costs and provide students with expanded course material options. KCU (http://www.kcumb.edu) is the largest medical school in Missouri and the 12th largest in the United States.
Starting in July 2016, KCU students can shop for textbooks in new, used, rental and eBook formats on any device using a custom-branded version of the mobile-optimized Akademos online bookstore. Students will save an average of 60% off the list price of their course materials using Akademos’ exclusive marketplace of over 100 million new and used textbooks.
The online storefront will become KCU’s exclusive school-sanctioned bookstore. The campus store will sell items including spirit wear, snacks and general merchandise.
“Based on sales data and talking to our students it became obvious students were not utilizing the on-campus bookstore to purchase their books,” said Jim Herrington, director of campus operations, KCU. “We needed a fresh approach so we chose to initiate a hybrid store model and selected Akademos to help us with the online bookstore because we believe their unique business model can offer our students better service and the lowest possible prices.”
“With many college bookstores experiencing declining textbook sales, it’s become increasingly common for institutions to move to a hybrid bookstore model that enables them to have both a successful low-cost online bookstore and a state-of-the-art on-campus shop,” said John Squires, chief executive officer, Akademos. “KCU is taking a very commendable step by fully embracing emerging technology to significantly improve textbook affordability for its students.”
To learn more about expanding affordable textbook options for students and online bookstore offerings for educational institutions, visit http://www.akademos.com.
About Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU), a private university comprised of a College of Osteopathic Medicine, founded in 1916, and a College of Biosciences, is the oldest medical school in Kansas City, Mo., and the largest in Missouri.
KCU is a community of professionals committed to excellence in the education of highly qualified students in osteopathic medicine, the biosciences, bioethics and the health professions. Through lifelong learning, research and service, KCU challenges faculty, staff, students and alumni to improve the well-being of the diverse communities it serves.
KCU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and recognized by the Coordinating Board of Higher Education for the Missouri Department of Higher Education. KCU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the Bureau of Professional Education of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
Akademos offers customized, online bookstore services and solutions that support what's most important to institutions - from full-service virtual bookstores to unique partnerships and products supporting on-campus shops. Akademos delivers cost savings on course materials for students while providing administrators and faculty with critical control over the textbook delivery process.
Akademos offers an innovative textbook marketplace, best-in-class eCommerce platform, eLearning solutions, and a unique adoption and analytics portal. The company’s comprehensive supply-chain solution and commitment to responsive personal service makes it the choice of leading institutions throughout the country.
Akademos helps institutions deliver the right course materials, at affordable prices, on time. Learn more at http://www.akademos.com.