MBS Textbook Exchange

Touchless Shipment Processing and Ship-IT Keep Millions of Orders Moving for MBS Textbook Exchange

MBS Textbook Exchange (MBS) is the largest used college textbook wholesaler in the country. The company ships four million orders a year from its 350,000-square foot distribution center in Columbia, MO, fulfilling orders for major university bookstores, approximately 850 Internet bookstores and continual consumer orders from students and military personnel around the world.

Business Challenge

MBS Textbooks had outgrown its parcel shipping systems as its wholesale and e-commerce business lines continued to build year over year. Non-UPS shipments were processed on several standalone systems including a separate USPS metering station and a standalone FedEx Café system. This added steps and labor to handle non-UPS shipments.


MBS implemented Ship-IT™, Logistyx Technologies’ multi-carrier shipping software to manage all carriers onto a single platform. Ship-IT now handles UPS, FedEx, FedEx SmartPost, Endicia (USPS), UPS Mail Innovations and UPS Surepost services, giving the company a wider choice of freight discounts based on rate options, weight, zone, cubic options, etc.


  • Eliminated re-labeling
  • Increased throughput and reduced labor
  • Lowered shipping costs
  • Accelerated and simplified international shipping
  • Simplified the onboarding of new customers