College Stores – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts
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- Market size and major product and service segments
- Key industry statistics, trends, and financial ratios
- Operating conditions and current performance
- Competitive landscape and environment
- Major company profiles and market shares
- Five-year outlook and growth forecasts
National Association of College Stores
Resources available from this trade association include:
The College Store Magazine / Campus Marketplace E-Newsletter
Bimonthly trade magazine and weekly e-newsletter feature news and information for higher education retailers throughout North America, with topics covered in these publications including industry news and developments, management best practices, retail innovations, customer service, marketing and promotions, campus relations, legislation, emerging technologies, and new products and services.
Higher Education Retail Market Facts and Figures
Factsheet provides information on higher education institution demographics, student demographics, student enrollment trends, student enrollment by institution size, number of stores, total college store market size, average sales per store, average new and used textbook prices, and per capita student spending for required course materials and for technology, supplies, and course materials in total.
OnCampus Research | NACS
Student Watch: Campus Market Research Study
Market research study analyzes student behavior and attitudes concerning college course materials, with topics covered in the study including top sources for course material purchases and rentals, per capita student spending on required course materials by type of institution, faculty influence on where materials are acquired, print versus digital products trends, and perceived value of course materials.
Resources available from this organization include:
Educational Marketer Newsletter
Biweekly newsletter features business news and analysis for educational publishing and marketing professionals, with topics covered in various issues of this publication including PreK-12 textbooks, college textbooks and trends, supplemental materials, courseware, testing, publisher rankings and strategies, student enrollment and demographics, federal and state funding, and legislative issues.
College Course Materials Market Forecast
Comprehensive report provides in-depth analysis of the college instructional materials market, with topics covered in the report including market size and structure, market segments (e.g., new and used textbooks, multimedia materials including digital textbooks), market drivers, retail distribution channels, competitive landscape and trends, and sales forecast for key college course materials.
BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
School Book and Textbook Stores
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Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.
School Book and Textbook Stores
- Income and expenses in dollars and percentages
- Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
- Profitability and return on investment ratios
- Liquidity and working capital ratios
- Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
- Capital structure and debt service ratios
Financial benchmarks section provides detailed comparative income statements and balance sheets and over twenty-five industry financial ratios, with financial benchmarks available for each of the five most recent fiscal years and on a historical average basis for three-year, five-year, and ten-year time periods. Sample spreadsheet that includes breakdowns by total asset size can be viewed free online.
OnCampus Research | NACS
Independent College Stores Financial Survey Report
Annual NACS financial survey allows users to compare their financial and operating performance with other similar survey participants in terms of annual sales, store size, expenses, purchases, inventory, and staffing levels, with independent college stores participating in the survey defined as those having the following types of ownership/operation: institutional, student association, co-operative, or private.
The Independent College Stores Report
Annual benchmarking survey conducted jointly by the ICBA and NACS Large Stores Group provides financial and operating performance measures for institutional stores (not lease-operated or privately owned), with product categories covered in the survey including trade books, textbooks, technology products, insignia products, and student supplies. Survey results are available to participants only.
Compensation data available from this organization includes:
Free online service provides salary and hourly wage data for job positions in this retail sector such as bookstore manager, merchandise manager, assistant manager, book seller, and cashier, with college store operators for which salary or wages are provided including Barnes & Noble College Booksellers (B&N Education, LLC) and Follett Higher Education Group, Inc. (Follett Corporation).
Barnes & Noble College Booksellers / Follett Higher Education Group
https://www.payscale.com/Barnes&Noble / Follett
Free online service provides salary and hourly wage data for job positions in this retail sector such as general manager, store manager, assistant manager, department manager, operations support specialist, merchandise manager, inventory analyst, customer service supervisor, book seller, and cashier employed by Barnes & Noble College Booksellers and Follett Higher Education Group Inc.
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