How do you take your coffee?

This is a very serious question, and we don’t ask it lightly. After all, I think we can all agree that if you start your day with bad coffee, or God forbid...NO coffee, you might as well just throw in the towel and go back to bed. Conversely, some good coffee first thing in the morning can really get your day started off on the right track. And gosh darn it, College Kids wants you to have an enjoyable, productive time down in Orlando. Maybe even catch a little fresh air and sun on your way to the convention center. Interested? Read on!

It just so happens that there’s a Starbucks within driving distance of the convention center. And it just so happens that we’re going to be running to said Starbucks every morning from Saturday 3/13 through Monday 3/15. What does that mean for you? It means good FREE coffee! Well, a chance at free coffee, technically. Actually, it could be free coffee, or lattés, or a cappuccino maybe? But I digress.

So how do you get in on this deal? All you have to do is send in your Starbucks drink order via our Facebook Fan Page, or our Twitter Page, between 5PM and 9PM each night (3/12 through 3/14). The first 20 people to submit their order each night win free drinks conveniently delivered by College Kids.* That’s right, one drink per person, but whatever that drink is, it’s on us. How’s that for service? Bring on the Venti Soy Caramel Brulee Latte with an extra shot of espresso, or whatever your personal fix might be. But you have to be quick. Only 20 people each day qualify. The rest of you, it’s your call if you want to tough it out with, you know, regular coffee. Good luck everyone!

*Employees and Sales Representatives of College Kids, LLP are not eligible for this contest. No purchase is necessary to win. To be eligible, you must be employed by an institutional or privately owned K-12 or Higher Education bookstore.

We’ve got a gift for you!

I hope we’re not being too forward, but we’d really like to connect with you. We’ve just got so much in common...we like clothes, we can talk for hours about gross margin versus gross mark up...good times. So we should totally do something at CAMEX! BTW, we got you a little something....

Well, we got you a chance to win something. Here’s the deal. If you fan us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter from now until Monday 3/15/10 (the last day of the CAMEX show), you’ll be eligible to win an iPod Touch* preloaded with all of the apps you’ll need to become a social media juggernaut. That’s right, juggernaut. The entire social media universe in your pocket. That sounds seriously impressive, doesn’t it? Excuse me, what do you do? Oh, I’m a juggernaut. Yeah, top that.

And we’ll make this even easier for you. If you’re new to Facebook or Twitter and need some help getting an account set up, call us at 800-556-2036 and we can help walk you through the account set-up process, and get you connected with College Kids. We’ll also have computers available in our CAMEX booth (Booth 1861) where you can sign up and connect with us as well. It’s just so easy!

And remember, College Kids will be doing a ton of special things during the CAMEX show that you’ll have an opportunity to participate in and/or benefit from. But you’ll only know about them if you’re watching our Facebook or Twitter feeds. So don’t miss out on any of it. Get connected today, and don’t forget...we <3 you!

*Employees and Sales Representatives of College Kids, LLP are not eligible for this contest. No purchase is necessary to win. To be eligible, you must have a valid Facebook or Twitter account and be a fan of and/or following College Kids by 3/15/10, and you must be employed by an institutional or privately owned K-12 or Higher Education bookstore. A drawing will be held on 3/15/10 to determine the winner of the iPod Touch. You do not need to be present to win.

View our 2010 catalogue online!

That’s right, the whole bloomin’ thing is available to browse on our web site. Now you can check out the entire 2010 collection from the comfort of your own office any darn time you choose. Enjoy the digital wonder of a simulated page turn over and over. And each time you’ll find a super-cute merchandising idea just waiting for you on the other side of the page.

But wait, that’s not all! Like to make notes while picking all of the ultra-fine College Kids styles you’ll want to add to your assortment? Just download a copy of our 2010 Line Sheet and mark it up to your heart’s content. Heck, throw on a doodle or two. Live a little! We’ve even posted our Sizing Chart for your convenience. And as always, if you’d like to meet with a sales rep to see the goods in person, just give us a call and we can help get an appointment arranged for you.

Our goal is to make it easy and convenient for you to get the information you need to plan out your kids department. Stop by our web site and check out all of the great new styles and graphics available for 2010. Try out the new tools. Let us know how we can be of assistance, and how we can continue to improve the site to make it easier for you to use. Here’s to a great 2010!

Less is more. 24 piece minimums on everything.

No, you didn’t read that wrong and it’s not a typo either. And no, I am not a disgruntled employee that has hacked into the company web site to wreak all kinds of havoc. This is the real deal. 24 piece minimums per graphic. Anything you order, any time you order.

Why did we do that? I’m glad you asked. Simply put, we believe that if you have the ability to give your customers more choice, a better assortment of product, you’ll sell more stuff. And if you can sell more stuff without having to commit huge dollar amounts up front to meet high minimums, you’ll be more profitable. Plus, not having to stock large quantities gives you the flexibility to tweak your assortments more often to keep them fresh. Seems to make a lot of sense for both of us, doesn’t it?

Contact your College Kids sales rep for more details, or drop us a line at 800-556-2036. We’re ready to help you kick off 2010 with a bang!

Wanna go steady?

Socially speaking I mean. With CAMEX right around the corner, we’re looking to build up our followers on Facebook and Twitter. Why you ask? Well...so we can treat you to some really cool stuff during the trade show, of course!

College Kids will be doing all kinds of things during CAMEX, and the only way you’ll know about any of it will be to watch for our updates on Facebook and Twitter during the show. Intrigued? Want to know more? What kinds of things are we talking about, exactly? I’m sorry, but that’s strictly confidential. Maybe we’ll just have to sit down and talk about it over coffee. Or maybe dinner. Oh, but I’ve said too much. ;)

Let me just say this. There will be A LOT of different things happening, and you will definitely want to be in the loop. So what do you need to do? It’s pretty simple. Just go to our site on Facebook or Twitter. If you already have an account on either service, just choose to become a fan of our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter. Don’t have an account with either one? Just take a couple of minutes to create one, then connect with us. If you need some help getting started, just call us at 800-556-2036 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We can even help you set up an account and join up with us in our booth at the show. Stop by to see us at CAMEX booth 1861 to get connected.

Once you’re following us, then just make sure you check for updates before, during, and after show hours starting on Friday 3/12/2010. Check often, because you just never know what might be happening. See you in Orlando!