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Features and Benefits
The Smartest Way to Manage Your School's Bookstore
K12sd.com is a Division of Adams Book Co. LLC. (Adams). K12sd.com is the simplest, most efficient way to manage your school’s bookstore; with us your bookstore will be in the hands of professionals that will do their best to satisfy all of your book needs. You will no longer have to sort through mountains of books. Your students will no longer need to wait in line. Adams will create and maintain an online bookstore that reflects your school community. Parents and students will simply log on to your online bookstore, find their course selection, and then order the appropriate books for quick delivery right to their home. It couldn't be any easier. Free up valuable school resources and take advantage of our revenue sharing program.
Our Online Division was established in the year 2000, creating a new, convenient and easy way for schools to outsource their bookstore responsibilities to the professionals here at Adams. One of our many qualities here at Adams is our desire to deliver extraordinary service, and with our experienced staff and our desire to satisfy our customers, we do just that. We strive for excellence because our priority is to keep our customers happy and satisfied.
Length of Contract
Adams does not require your school to accept a written multi-year contract. Our contract, in exchange for allowing Adams to operate your online bookstore, is our commitment to provide your school and student body with the best service and prices possible.
Book List Due Date
Upon notifying Adams of your decision to set up a virtual school bookstore, Adams will send you sample materials to incorporate into your parent mailings. These materials will serve as an introduction and guide to the use of the online bookstore.
You will receive information on how to log into the secure administrators’ website with your own login and password. You are now in control of your virtual bookstore. Follow the template; enter your own course numbers, descriptions, comments and notes on courses that you want the students to view. Enter the ISBN’s for books and materials required for the course. Upon submitting the ISBN to Adams, our database search engine will instantly test the ISBN for validity and submit back to you the title information. Course and book information, needs to be submitted by May 1st.
Adams has two warehouse locations, Brooklyn, New York and Dallas, Texas. All books are housed in our own building, we see handle and ship your orders.
Years of Service in the High School Market
Adams Book Co. has been serving the nations High Schools for more than sixty years. Since 1945 we have been the single most reliable source of new and used textbooks and paperbacks to schools. We supply to thousands of schools all over the nation.
Selling of Other Materials
Aside from the books that a student is required to purchase for their classes we also sell other materials that enhance the student’s learning. We sell a variety of supplemental materials that will help the students with their SAT’s, searching for colleges and AP courses we also sell notebooks and binders among other materials.
We currently have one well-trained and staffed call center in the heart of the warehouse, making it easy for all inventories and shipping related information to be communicated to our staff promptly. Our staff knows where all books are located for every school and they are aware of any information that has been changed for any particular title or with the shipping of an order. This leads them to be well informed and ready to resolve any issue that might come up with a particular order.
Web Site Design
The StudentDirect.com website is customized to reflect your school’s image. It will have your school’s logo; your school’s calendar and special events and very importantly it will contain instructions that will guide the students and/or parents through our very easy, ordering process. Our Website has state-of-the-art security that safeguards all payment and personal information. It will also provide students with tracking and information, which is updated on an hourly basis. The Website is password protected and only students, parents and members of the school will have access to appropriate information.
Adams will acquire and drop ship any teacher material and/or resource in print, directly to the school. Most teacher material is supplied gratis depending on the quantity of books purchased and the publisher’s policy.
Here at Adams we have a very convenient and flexible return policy, if a student/parent purchases a book for a particular course and then drops that course, he or she may return the book to us within 30 days of the school's add/drop date. If the school does not offer an add/drop date, the student/parent may return the book within 30 days of the first day of classes. Books returned for refund must be in new, resalable condition.
We recommend that students or parents return books using a shipping method that offers them the ability to track their package - this will allow them to confirm receipt of the package at our warehouse. We also recommend insuring the package with the appropriate amount so that, if it gets lost in transit, the customer will be able recoup the full value of their merchandise.
Adams uses the most reliable carriers to ship out student orders because we want to ensure that all packages reach their destination prompt and undamaged. That is why we ship all packages through United Parcel Service or Federal Express.
Here is a list of the shipping rates:
Buy Back Pricing %
Adams buyback program is very competitive we pay 40% of the list price, for books that will be resold online the following year and are in Excellent or Good condition. Other books in good or excellent condition will be forwarded to our general used book inventory and we will pay 30% of the list price for them. Other scenarios are listed below.
Books to be resold online
Good/Excellent – 40% of list
Fair – 25% of list
Description of Buyback procedures
Students will simply log in to the website using their username and password and begin the process by clicking on Sell Your Used Books. They will be offered a choice of either entering the ISBN numbers of the books they wish to return or viewing the titles that are eligible for return (selected from the list of all books they have ordered from us). Once the student has determined the books they would like to sell, they are prompted to tell us the condition of each book. The two conditions offered are described in detail. Buy Back prices are determined by the condition assigned.
The student is then prompted to print out a pre-paid shipping label and a packing slip and sends the books back to us (at our expense). Once the books have been returned and the conditions of the books are verified, a check will be made and sent to the address on file, on their account.
These books will be held in our inventory for the following school year and will be offered back to your students at used book prices. All used books offered for sale, will be those purchased from your student body.
Used Books Pricing %
All Used books sold on the StudentDirect website will be priced at 75% of the new price. We will only be selling top quality used books that will satisfy our customers by giving them the look and feel of a new book at a discount price.
Mark Up Pricing %
Adams has access to materials of all publishers; this is what separates us from our competitors. We are able to offer favorable pricing to your students on books from all publishers and teacher support materials often gratis. All of our books are sold at or below publisher’s suggested retail price. The following paperback publishers are sold at a 10% discount, from cover price.
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Shipping Accuracy Rate
Our Shipping accuracy rate for this past year was at 99.99%.
Adams currently has in place a “Secured inventory” system; your inventory is reserved for your school community only, avoiding unnecessary backorders. In addition when a title runs low during the busy season, we automatically reorder based on minimum stock formulas, we are not open to the public.
Rebates or Commissions %
Schools can benefit from our services in every aspect, first you save on space by outsourcing your bookstore responsibilities and on top of that you can increase your school’s cash flow. Please Contact us for more information on Commissions.
We have been supplying books to schools for sixty-one years. We have been successful at bringing schools the great benefits that come when they outsource their bookstore responsibilities to us. These benefits include, a greater cash flow, a well trained staff and account manager that become part of your school’s team to help your students and parents and very importantly a saving of time and space, which these days are very rare commodities. We know the industry as well as the market and are ready to help you get the best service possible as well as fair pricing for your students.
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