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Technology Meetup - Edelweiss

Technology Meetup - Edelweiss (April 14, 2022)
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Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
  • Buying and Selling
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  • Technology

Edelweiss provides a lot of tools for book industry professionals, but its core purpose is to be a convenient place for booksellers to order frontlist titles from their sales reps. Join Deidre Dumpson, Retail Success Manager for Edelweiss, in a webinar to learn how the ordering process works.

Cosed captioning is available for this session. Please note that it is machine-generated and is not reviewed for accuracy.

Roundtable: Genre Book Buzz

Roundtable: Genre Book Buzz (March 9, 2022)
Content related to the education session Roundtable: Genre Book Buzz, Snow Days 2022.
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Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
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  • 101
  • Genre

Guaranteed to be both fun and informative, bookseller moderators will kick off the conversation by sharing their favorite frontlist and backlist genre titles, briefly discuss how the sale of these titles impacts their stores, including marketing and buying, and then invite you to join the conversation. What’s your hottest genre seller? What genre event are you the most proud of? And what titles can you not help but handsell?

Moderators: Mackenzie van Engelenhoven, The King's English Bookshop (Salt Lake City, UT); Jessica Hahl, Country Bookshelf (Bozeman, ID); Audrey Huang, Belmont Books (Belmont, MA); Anne Holman, The King's English Bookshop (Salt Lake City, UT); , (, )

Roundtable: Best Practices for Optimizing Store-Branded Merchandise

Roundtable: Best Practices for Optimizing Store-Branded Merchandise (March 8, 2022)
Content related to the education session Roundtable: Best Practices for Optimizing Store-Branded Merchandise, Snow Days 2022.
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  • Buying and Selling
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  • 101

Bookstore-branded merchandise is an important way to capitalize on the story and personality of your store. If you have had success with various vendors or specific merchandise, come share your experiences with your colleagues! And if you are considering offering branded merchandise, but aren’t sure where to start, this is the perfect space to ask for recommendations. Come prepared to crowdsource ideas, best practices, and resources — and to learn.

Moderators: Danny Caine, Raven Book Store (Lawrence, KS); Rachel Watkins, Avid Bookshop (Athens, GA); Jake Cumsky-Whitlock, Solid State Books (Washington, DC)

Technology Meetup - NPD BookScan

Technology Meetup - NPD BookScan (February 10, 2022)
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Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
  • Buying and Selling
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  • Technology

NPD BookScan™ reporting retailers receive complimentary access to our Title & Bestseller service. Learn all about NPD BookScan and our flexible, intuitive web-based dashboard by attending the February 10th ABA Technology Meetup. In this one-hour session, you get an introduction to our tools, such as Basic Search, Bestsellers, Collections, and Graphing, to help you measure, predict, and improve performance.

Session Follow-up:

During this session, a question about how to report your online sales, specifically if you're using the IndieCommerce service came up.  The answer is yes, you should be reporting your online sales, from IC or any other ecommerce system.The IndieCommerce team has created a facility for exporting online sales data for IndieCommerce and IndieLite stores. Booksellers can find instructions for combining online and in-store sales here. IndieCommerce and IndieLite members will find the new option in the Admin menu under Store > Reports > New York Times Bestseller Report (this works for both BookWeb and New York Times). Detailed instructions for reporting all sales can be found here

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Roundtable: Learning Tools for Academic Achievement

Roundtable: Learning Tools for Academic Achievement (September 1, 2021)
Content related to the education session Roundtable: Learning Tools for Academic Achievement, Children's Institute 2021.
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  • Buying and Selling
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  • Children's Bookselling

As children return to school, bookstores are in a position to assist young people in reaching academic goals after months of remote learning and less formal instruction due to the world health crisis. During this discussion, booksellers can share ideas for less formal education materials that can help kids learn.

Roundtable: Optimizing Sales with Gift Bundles, Curated Boxes & Sidelines

Roundtable: Optimizing Sales with Gift Bundles, Curated Boxes & Sidelines (September 1, 2021)
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  • Buying and Selling
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  • 101

Gift bundles, mystery bundles, themed subscription boxes, and sidelines are a strategic way to drive sales. Booksellers attending this discussion can share how they have used the idea of bundles to increase sales. Examples of discussion topics are how bookstores are balancing the number of items in a bundle, how they are marketing the bundle as a product they have to offer, and the variety of sidelines and non-book items they are including.

Storytime with Kate DiCamillo

Storytime with Kate DiCamillo (September 1, 2021)
Content related to the education session Storytime with Kate DiCamillo, Children's Institute 2021.
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  • Buying and Selling
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  • Children's Bookselling

Enjoy a storytime interlude with Kate DiCamillo, as she reads from her newest middle grade novel The Beatryce Prophecy (Candlewick Press). Storytime is a reprieve from a busy day and a time to recall the joy and comfort we all experience when someone reads to us.

Storytime with Max Greenfield

Storytime with Max Greenfield (August 31, 2021)
Content related to the education session Storytime with Max Greenfield, Children's Institute 2021.
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  • Buying and Selling
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  • Children's Bookselling

Enjoy a storytime interlude with Max Greenfield, as he reads from his upcoming release I Don't Want to Read This Book (G.P Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers). Storytime is a reprieve from a busy day and a time to recall the joy and comfort we all experience when someone reads to us.

Operational Workflows: Returns

Operational Workflows: Returns (March 11, 2021)
Content related to the education session Operational Workflows: Returns, Top Ten Things.
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  • Buying and Selling
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  • 101

Join a conversation with your bookselling colleagues to discuss the returns process and how best to navigate the what, when, and how of returns. Are you pulling by section or publisher, and why? Are you pulling quarterly, monthly, daily, and why? How do you manage staff scheduling and minimize your freight costs? Note: This conversation will focus on workflow and operations and will not include a discussion on inventory management.

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Operational Workflows: Returns (March 11, 2021)
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  • Buying and Selling
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  • 101

Join a conversation with your bookselling colleagues to discuss the returns process and how best to navigate the what, when, and how of returns. Are you pulling by section or publisher, and why? Are you pulling quarterly, monthly, daily, and why? How do you manage staff scheduling and minimize your freight costs? Note: This conversation will focus on workflow and operations and will not include a discussion on inventory management.

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