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Yankow, Henry G.||Maxwell, Lyle

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M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Marketing


Schools--Furniture; equipment; etc


PURPOSE It was the purpose of this study to surrey a group of selected public high school districts in southern Code County, Illinois, to determine the practicability of automated merchandising of school supplies in the high school over manually merchandising school supplies over the counter. METHODS AND SOURCES The study was limited to interviews with twelve high school district business administrators. The descriptive-survey research method was selected for the presentation of the data for the study. The interview technique was used for the collection of the data. CONCLUSIONS Based on the findings of this research the following conclusions appear evident. 1. The school book store which usually sells school supplies is not always accessible to students because of its limited hours of operation. 2. Automated merchandising of school supplies is in operation in some high school districts and is working satisfactorily. 3. The advantages of accessibility, convenience, and faster service offered by automated merchandising over manually merchandising school supplies ere more important than the disadvantages of lower profits to the school and supervision over vandalism. RECOMMENDATIONS The following recommendations should be considered: 1. Automated merchandising of school supplies can be used as a practical supplement to the school's book store operation. 2. Vending machines dispensing school supplies can be placed near typing and shorthand classrooms with a degree of success. 3. Some aspects which should benefit from further study would be to learn how practical automated merchandising would be at the elementary school level and at the college or university level.


Includes bibliographical references.


vii, 43 pages




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