Entries by Sidewalk

5 Minutes With: Beth Christian

It didn’t take much for Beth Christian to get hooked on a career in collegiate retail. As a long-standing merchant and the former college store manager at Bloomsburg University she brings a unique, store-centric approach to her role as Director of Business Development (Stores) at Sidewalk. We spent five minutes with Beth to discuss her […]

Culture Statement Highlight : People Development

We are often asked, “Why is Sidewalk so different from other vendors?” CEO Alan Martin didn’t start out with the intent of creating an unusual culture at an enterprise focused on higher ed course materials.  He began with the problem, “Why?” — as in “Why are college textbooks so expensive and how could I help […]

5 Minutes With: Jeff Bischoff

Another year in Higher Ed is wrapping up, making way for a new year of change and challenges. We snuck in five minutes with Jeff Bischoff, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, to discuss what he currently finds interesting about the higher ed space, strategic opportunities for college stores, and the willingness to break things. […]

The Why Of Price Comparison

The last ten years in higher ed course materials have brought about a lot of change, particularly in student behavior. What’s something college stores can do to stay relevant amid these ever-changing market trends? Appeal to increasingly price-conscious student consumers by embracing market transparency. If you aren’t yet offering price comparison at your store (or […]

Culture Statement Highlight : Principles of Scientific Method

We are often asked, “Why is Sidewalk so different from other vendors?” CEO Alan Martin didn’t start out with the intent of creating an unusual culture at an enterprise focused on higher ed course materials.  He began with the problem, “Why?” — as in “Why are college textbooks so expensive and how could I help […]

Sidewalk Summit 2017

SIDEWALK WELCOMES CAMEX AND SIDEWALK SUMMIT 2017 TO OUR CITY! MARCH 2, 2017 – SALT LAKE CITY, UT   USERS GROUP – Wednesday, March 1st (Afternoon) | SUMMIT EDUCATION - Thursday, March 2nd (All Day)   For more information on the event, click here.

Important Update: In-Store Rentals

Sidewalk began renting books in-store in 2009. What seemed novel then eventually became mainstream, and we’re happy that the majority of stores today have brought some form of rental to students. We believe rental is a powerful tool to lower the cost of content, making content accessible to more students. Rental has been an important […]

Culture Statement Highlight : Context, Not Control

We are often asked, “Why is Sidewalk so different from other vendors?” CEO Alan Martin didn’t start out with the intent of creating an unusual culture at an enterprise focused on higher ed course materials.  He began with the problem, “Why?” — as in “Why are college textbooks so expensive and how could I help […]

3 Ways To Crush This Rush

If book Rush makes your toenails curl, we get it. It’s busy, you’re busy, you’re eating way more fast food than you promised yourself in January, and if anything at all goes wrong, then someone angry is going to yell at you. That’s fine. Inhale deeply, uncurl those tootsies,  and if you have a minute, […]