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EDUCATION & RESOURCES

Emerging technologies, shifting customer preferences, and increasing competition are reshaping the college store industry. ICBA offers education and resources to help independent college stores adapt and meet challenges head on.

Explore our learning opportunities and resources below.

WEBINARS

WEBINARS

Webinars are offered in the Spring and Fall and cover a wide range of subjects, including: Campus Relations, Assortment Planning and Inclusive Access. ICBA webinars are free for all members.

ICBA INSTITUTES

ICBA INSTITUTES

ICBA Institutes offer a comprehensive, immersive examination of pressing industry topics through a combination of lectures, case studies, and collaborative learning. Our Institutes are held over the course of 2 days, usually in conjunction with the ICBA Annual Retail Conference.

INDEPENDENT COLLEGE STORES REPORT

INDEPENDENT COLLEGE STORES REPORT

The Independent College Stores Report (ICSR) is a joint initiative of ICBA and the Large Stores Group (LSG) that outlines the financial performance of each participating store. The ICSR provides key financial and operation data from participating stores and offers critical insights for benchmarking and strategic planning.

VENDOR SCORECARD

VENDOR SCORECARD

The Vendor Scorecard is a tool that allows Buyers to rank vendors across several criteria, providing a more strategic approach to general inventory management.

ONLINE INSTITUTES

ONLINE INSTITUTES

ICBA Online Institutes offer in-depth instruction from subject matter experts, presented in a four-part webinar series. Each webinar in an Online Institute can stand alone, but the full value is realized by participating in the entire series. ICBA Online Institutes recognize that many ICBA Members have limited travel capabilities or may prefer that the curriculum be delivered over several weeks. They also allow multiple associates in each store to participate and learn.

TREND CHAT

TREND CHAT

ICBA’s Trend Chat identifies retail trends in areas such as: consumer behaviors, fashion, color, design/imprints, value proposition, supplies, tech, promotions, and marketing.

UNIVERSAL HIERARCHY

UNIVERSAL HIERARCHY

The Universal Hierarchy is an inventory classification system that supports improved assortment planning and inventory management,

THE ICBA ANNUAL RETAIL CONFERENCE

ICBA Retail Conference

The ICBA Annual Retail Conference is an intensive, multi-day conference that provides education and professional development through informative sessions, peer-to-peer networking, and buyer-vendor meetings.