Contract with retailer will save the university money over the long term
By on March 21, 2014
The Campus Store carries textbooks, supplies and UCR branded merchandise.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Barnes & Noble College has been named the operator of UC Riverside’s campus store, university officials announced today. The change takes effect on July 7, 2014.
The Campus Store, which was previously operated by the campus, will continue to reflect UCR’s brand, including school spirit wear, laptops, gifts and other merchandise. UCR was able to reassign the Campus Store staff and avoid any layoffs as part of the transition.
“We looked at several options and Barnes and Noble College best met our need for services to support our campus community,” said Jim Sandoval, vice chancellor for student affairs. He expressed his thanks to employees of the UCR Campus Store during the run up to the decision, for their patience and flexibility.
“We are very excited about this partnership opportunity with the University of California, Riverside ” said Max J. Roberts, CEO, Barnes & Noble College. “We are looking forward to working with the university community to offer a dynamic campus store, focused on delivering a retail and digital learning experience that complements UCR’s students, faculty, staff, and alumni.”
Barnes & Noble College owns the largest digital library in the industry, with over 3 million titles and operates a variety of college bookstores. Textbooks will come in a variety of formats – new, used, rental, and digital, and they will be available in store and online.
UCR faculty will have access to a streamlined textbook adoption platform online, at www.facultyenlight.com that combines reviews with detailed information about pricing and formats.
Barnes & Noble College will establish a Facebook presence to reflect local events and promotions. In addition, the team will reach out to faculty and students to explain changes and new resources.
Last fall, UC Riverside issued a request for proposals [RFP] to transition the operations and management of the UCR Campus Store from university to private management by July 1, 2014.
Officials say the move is spurred by changing market conditions for textbooks and books in general, as well as growing internet sales of branded merchandise and computers.