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INDEPENDENT COLLEGE STORES REPORT

The Independent College Stores Report (ICSR) is a joint project of ICBA and the Large Stores Group (LSG), and represents the most comprehensive financial survey of independent stores. The data reported in the ICSR offer a current snapshot of the independent college store channel and reflect the trends that are redefining our businesses.

Many members use the data as part of their effort to evaluate the performance of their stores and to plan strategy for the future. While performance goals and business objectives will vary from store to store, the ICSR offers comparative data that you can use to measure your progress and set benchmarks for key performance indicators.

The ICSR data and results are confidential and are available only to ICBA Members and LSG Members who formally submit their store's ICSR Survey data.

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THE 2019 INDEPENDENT COLLEGE STORES REPORT

The 2019 Independent College Stores Report is now available. If you are an ICBA and/or LSG Member and participated in the 2019 ICSR Survey, you should have received a copy of the report. For more information, email us at Office@ICBAinc.com or call 800-888-9222.

Watch your email in Fall of 2020 for the 2020 Independent College Stores Report Survey. View the 2019 ICSR Award Winners below.

2019 ICSR AWARDS

Each year, the ICSR Awards Committee reviews ICSR Survey results in each product category and identifies stores that have achieved sustained high performance. The Awards Committee considers sales, gross margin, inventory turns, and other key performance metrics. The Committee also interviews the management teams at these high performing stores to get additional insight into strategies and decisions that led to success. The ICSR Awards are announced and award-winning stores are recognized at the Annual ICBA Conference.

Award Categories Include:

Congratulations to the 2019 ICSR Award Winners!

Excellence in Course Materials Management

BYU Idaho, University Store

From 2014-15 to 2018-19: 

  • Increased overall sales by 26%
  • Consistently increased every year for 5 years
  • Inventory turns up 250% to 5.5
  • Used Books up 214%

Outstanding Insignia Product Performance

University of San Diego, UC San Diego Bookstore

From 2014-15 to 2018-19: 

  • Increased insignia product sales 75% over 5 years
  • Increased insignia product sales 21% over 1 year
  • Margin in excess of 46% all five years

Excellence in Technology Product Management

Auburn University, Auburn University Bookstore

From 2014-15 to 2018-19: 

  • Increased technology product sales 41% over 5 years
  • Increased margin
  • Increased turns

Excellence in Store Management

University of Manitoba, Font Garry Bookstore

From 2014-15 to 2018-19: 

  • Increased Insignia sales over 5 years
  • Increased Supply sales over 5 years
  • Increased Technology sales by 11% over 5 years
  • Decreased expenses by 22% over 5 years
  • Corresponding Net Income Increase of $600,000

California State University Long Beach, Long Beach State University Bookstore

From 2014-15 to 2018-19: 

  • Increased Insignia sales by 26% over 5 years
  • Increased Supply sales by 23% over 5 years
  • Increased Technology sales by 19% over 5 years
  • Decreased expenses by 8% over 5 years

PAST ICSR  AWARD WINNERS

View past ICSR Award Winners:

2018 ICSR Award Winners

2017 ICSR Award Winners