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College Stores

College Stores


Why Merchandise Inc.?

Unlike other wholesalers serving this market, Merchandise Inc. offers several unique advantages:

  • Merchandise Inc. is a national distributor, currently serving College Bookstores in almost every state.
  • Merchandise Inc. also enjoys preferred vendor status with other College Bookstore co-op groups, including: Wisconsin Area College Stores (WACS), Ohio Assoc of College Stores (OACS), ICBA, Alabama Association of College Stores(ACBA), and Georgia Association of College Stores (GACS).

College Stores

What can MI do for YOU?

Allow MI to customize a program for your size college store.

Our experienced Customer Service Specialist, Mary Baird, is prepared to assist you in everything from ordering options to the selection and placement of items. Now's the time to Diversify - give your students items they need! According to the 2011 Collegiate Market Watch survey, "Personal care items, such as deodorant, toothpaste, hair care and bath items were indicated by the largest percentage of students (58%) as items they plan to purchase." Don't turn your back on 58% of your student's needs!


These CUSTOM PLANOGRAMS have been prepared especially for College Stores by our team of expert planogram designers. Planograms have only proven College Store items. Please note that these planograms will change as we update them for the most current best-selling mix. If you need help with Planograms for ANY category or size department, please CONTACT US.

New for College Stores

Carmex Lip Balms - Cherry SPF Tube .35 oz: Suffering from chapped lips and occasional cold sores? Carmex Lip Balm is formulated with a variety of natural ingredients and carefully hand poured into small glass jars since the early 1930s. Over the last 70 years, people have come to love the lip balm that works like no other. It Soothes. It Heals. It Protects. Cherry Lip Balm .15 oz: This cherry flavored protecting lip balm moisturizes and protects from sun and water with broad spectrum SPF 15.

Chapstick - ChapStick is skincare for lips! Still the #1 lip balm brand, discover ChapStick lip balm, lip tint, lip scrub, lip oil and more for healthier-looking lips. Check out our new selection of Chapstick items including Asian-Inspired Total Hydration 3 in 1 - a renewing and transformative skincare formula for smoother, healthier looking lips. Available in Lip Balm, Lip Scrub, Vitamin Serum, and  Lip Oil. Classic Chapstick is also now available in new flavors/colors: Mint, Spearmint, Strawberry, and more!

Clearsil 5 in 1 Spot Treatment Cream 1 oz. - Dermatologist-tested Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Vanishing Treatment Cream treats problem areas fast, and visibly reduces redness and pimple size in as little as four hours. Scientifically formulated with maximum-strength medication, Rapid Action Vanishing Treatment Cream penetrates your pores.

Crest - Crest 3D White Charcoal 4.1 oz: It's not just whitening- it's deep clean therapy with charcoal for your teeth! Crest 3D White Whitening Therapy Deep Clean black and white striped Charcoal Toothpaste gently whitens teeth by removing surface stains and gives you a clean, fresh feeling with its invigorating mint flavor. Also, it is a fluoride toothpaste that remineralizes weakened enamel to help strengthen teeth and fight cavities. Crest Sensitive 4.1 oz: Protect your sensitive teeth with Crest Pro-Health Gum and Sensitivity All Day Protection Toothpaste. Did you know that 80% of the sensitivity starts at the gum line? Crest Gum and Sensitivity gives you healthier gums by neutralizing the harmful plaque.

Dove Men +Care - 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner Fresh Clean 12 oz: This Dove item deeply cleans and invigorates hair. Bar Soap Extra Fresh 2 pk: For an invigorating body bar that cares for your skin, choose Dove Men+Care Extra Fresh Body and Face Bar. Face Lotion SPF15 1.69 oz: This best face moisturizer for men prone to dry skin is fast-absorbing and delivers all day hydration. Face Wash 5 oz: This is the best face wash for men prone to dry skin. It effectively cleanses men’s skin and replenishes lost moisture. Body Wash Extra Fresh 18 oz: This body wash for men cleanses and helps to hydrate for strong, healthy skin while delivering cooling refreshment and skin comfort. Dry Spray Extra Fresh Antiperspirant 3.8 oz: A strong and refreshing antiperspirant spray that fights sweat and body odor for up to 48 hours. Deodorant Stick Extra Fresh 2.7 oz: New item delivers 48 hours of odor protection while helping prevent skin irritation.

Hempz Herbal Body Moisturizers -  Enriched with 100% Pure Organic Hemp Seed Oil and blended with natural extracts to provide dramatic skin hydration and nourishment to help improve the health and condition of skin. Shea Butter & Ginseng help calm and soothe skin. Vitamins A, C and E help protect skin from natural and environmentally triggered oxidants. Helps condition skin for a healthier look and feel. Available in 13 magnificent scents and specialties: Original, Pomegranate, Fresh Coconut & Watermelon, Exotic Green Tea & Asian Pear, Blushing Grapefruit & Raspberry Crème, Pineapple & Honey Melon, Fresh Fusions Collection Sugarcane & Papaya, Fresh Fusions Collection Pink Pomelo & Himalayaian Sea Salt, Age Defying, Sensitive Skin, Triple Moisture Whipped, Aromabody Tahitian Vanilla & Ginger, and Aromabody Milk & Honey.

HMS Homemade Simple - Procter & Gamble has launched a plant-based product line under its Home Made Simple brand, which includes hand soap, dish soap, multipurpose cleaner, and laundry detergent. Home Made Simple products were designed to meet EPA Safer Choice and USDA Standards with up to 95 percent of formulas being plant-derived ingredients. They are free of gluten, parabens, phthalates, phosphates and dyes. P&G’s research and development team created products that are effective and affordable, which isn’t always the case with products in the naturals category. For example, the laundry detergent is 75 percent plant based and has been formulated to fights stains, even in cold water, yet is gentle on skin. It comes in lavender scent or unscented. The multipurpose cleaner is 80 percent plant derived. Foaming hand soap is 85 percent plant derived.  Dish soap is 95 percent plant derived. Home Made Simple bottles are 100 percent recyclable, and both the laundry detergent and fabric softener bottles are made from 25 percent or more post-consumer recycled plastic.

Infinity Pro Curl Secret Curling Iron - Hair goes in and curl comes out! Tourmaline Ceramic technology reduces frizz and adds shine. Professional brushless motor creates tangle free curls using 400°F heat for long-lasting curls and waves. Create loose, medium and tight curls for all hair types.

Love Beauty and Planet Collections - At Love Beauty and Planet, they believe that each one of us can make a little difference through small acts of love for the planet. That’s why they commit to small acts like using an ethically-sourced essential oil or absolute in our fragrances. They want to help make a little difference towards a happier, less wasteful planet, with every shower. Their approach is a holistic one, encompassing the entire product life cycle and beyond. We’ve given careful thought to our ingredients, product packaging, and social partnerships. They call it a passionate journey of #smallactsoflove, and it is just the beginning. Murumuru Butter and Rose Collection: Keep your color-treated hair vibrant. This shampoo and conditioner, infused with Amazonian murumuru butter, moisturizes for a healthy looking gloss. A fragrant kiss of nature and juicy freshness from the handpicked Bulgarian rose petal. Also available in Body Wash. Coconut Water and Mimosa Oil Collection: Build bounce into your hair. This shampoo, infused with organic coconut water, lightly moisturizes and leaves your fine hair strong and volumized. Show off lush, bountiful tresses with an energizing burst of delicate mimosa flower. Also available in Body Wash. Argan Oil and Lavender Collection: Calm your frizz for hair that's oh so smooth. This shampoo, infused with golden argan oil, nourishes for healthy looking hair. Delicately surround your hair in a cloud of heirloom French lavender. Also available in Body Wash.

OKOMOTO Beyond BodiHeat - Beyond BodiHeat is an easy-to-use, non-medicated, air-activated heat pad that delivers up to 12 hours of soothing pain relief for sore muscles and joints. This exclusive formula works with your own circulation to spread the warmth further and ease your pain fast.

OKOMOTO Condoms - THE #1 selling quality condom in Japan. OKOMOTO is a  world leader in the production of high quality and dependable condoms. Their endless hours of research have resulted in a material that is thinner and stronger than any other condom out there. SHEERLON – and all OKOMOTO condoms are made from it. So you get a silkier, more "bareback" feel without any rubbery latex smell.

Scunci / Conair Hair Accessories - Check out MI’s newest Scunci / Conair items following all the latest trends and styles including the NEW Knot Dr. The magic of Knot Dr. is made from the revolutionary composite Flexalite. This intelligently flexible material is able to bend with the most extreme knots to eliminate pulling, snagging or breaking the hair. Flexalite bristles gently flex and adjust tension loosening snags and knots until it has freed tangles from your hair. Flexalite bristles instantly rebound to their original form to restore messy tangly hair to its original beauty. The Knot Dr. is great for all ages and hair types. Enjoy! Scunci Hair Acccessories Make Every Day a Great Hair Day.

Sinful and SinfulShine Polish New Shades - What makes SinfulColors such a runaway favorite is that it's incredibly affordable. From the get-go, SinfulColors' founders didn't believe you had to charge and arm and a leg to produce and deliver show-stopping color. At a price as low as $1.99, SinfulColors makes putting the glitz on your nails - a steal, not a splurge. Nails with bling are an easy and quick way to create your own look: the fabulous value SinfulColors offers (plus our huge variety of shades!) allows you to easily change your color to match your mood or look any time, any day. And with an unheard-of up to 20 new collections every year, all featuring the moment’s and season’s hottest colors, SinfulColors gives you even more reasons to make a statement about who you are. And, SinfulShine Gel Metallics and Cremes are Toluene, Formaldehyde, and DBP free. Made in the USA.

Spa Comfort Back Belt - Use this belt as heat therapy to increase circulation and ease muscle tension. It helps relieve lower back pain and arthritis. The secure fit holds the heat and cold pack snugly in place. Ingredients are effective and long-lasting.

TRESemme' Hair Products - Tres Two Unscented Extra Hold Hair Spray 10 oz: Supreme holding power. Leaves no stiffness, stickiness, or flakiness. Quick and fast-drying formula. Keratin Smooth Shampoo 22 oz: TRESemmé Keratin Smooth helps you to achieve silky smooth hair that's still full of natural movement. Formulated with keratin and marula oil, you can enjoy 5 benefits in 1. Specifically formulated to leave your hair gorgeously sleek and manageable. Helps to control frizzy hair without leaving hair looking dull. Enjoy a smooth look and feel that moves as you do. Keratin Smooth Conditioner 22 oz: Keratin Smooth nourishes and smoothes each strand. Tame frizz whilst keeping your hair’s natural movement.

VO5 - Shower Works Hot Oil Treatment 2 oz 4 pack: Make your hair achieve a salon-like hair treatment with this Alberto VO5 Hot Oil Shower Works Weekly Deep Conditioning Treatment. Save a grand or two from going to salon if you want your hair obtain that healthy and silky smooth hair. Kiwi Lime Squeeze Conditioner 12.5 oz: This VO5 Herbal Escapes Kiwi Lime Squeeze Clarifying Conditioner is ideal for any type of hair, from dry to oily. It will leave your hair looking and feeling fuller, cleaner and more vibrant. The complex formula of VO5 will give your hair a smooth and hydrated texture. Shampoo / Conditioner Revitalize Ocean Breeze 12.5 oz: Alberto VO5 Herbal Escapes Moisturizing Shampoo / Conditioner Ocean Refresh have a long lasting fragrance and revitalizing sea minerals. It has a unique formula that leaves hair looking vibrant and beautiful. That's the secret of VO5! Shampoo / Conditioner Dry Scalp 11 oz: VO5 Dry Scalp Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner plus Almond Oil helps soothe and relieve dryness with its special... see more... Start your review of Alberto VO5® Dry Scalp Moisturizing Shampoo! Shampoo / Conditioner Split Ends 11 oz: Fight split ends and treat your hair right. VO5 Split Ends Anti-Breakage Shampoo and Conditioner plus Panthenol is the ideal solution to help reduce damage.

Wahl Ladies/Men's Rechargeable Trimmer - Ladies: Rechargeable and durable motor with a 1 hour run time for a clean and smooth shave. The rotary shaver leaves a clean and smooth finish anywhere you need it. It is everything you need for a gentle - no irritation grooming. Kit Also Includes: Charger - Cleaning Brush - English/Spanish Instructions and a Storage Pouch. Men's: BEARD TRIMMERS: Wahl beard trimmers provide a smoothly precise trim, so you can get the beard style you want. Choose form a variety of guide comb lengths & widths for any beard or mustache style, from scruff to full. Wahl beard trimmers make great gifts. COMPLETE HAIR CUTTING KITS OR SINGLE TOOLS: Whether you trim your hair between trips to the salon or barber, need beard or nose hair trimmers, or a complete hair cutting kit, Wahl has the high quality hair cutting and personal grooming tools you need.

Wonder Products - Wonder Cloth: The Wonder Cloth is an all-natural, reusable cloth that you use with just water to remove all face, eye and lip make-up delicately off your skin without the use of harmful chemicals.  The soft fibers exfoliate and penetrate deep into your pores, cleaning out all dirt and pollutants and leaving your skin smoother, cleaner and healthier.  100% Hypoallergenic, Dermatologist tested, and free from chemicals. Wonder Wedges 32 and 100 ct: Shaped to provide easy application of foundation, eye shadow, concealer, and blush. The smoothness allows you to apply and blend your makeup and achieve a desired flawless and natural look. 100% Latex Free, Naturally Hypoallergenic, and Biodegradable. Made in the U.S.A. Wonder Puff 4 and 12 ct: A deep cleansing and exfoliating facial sponge you use with your favorite soap or facial cleanser. Excellent for removing dead skin cells & dirt and oil trapped within your pores. Use as a part of your daily regimen to give your skin a healthier and younger look. Wonder Rounds 50 ct: Ideal for applying cream, liquid or powder makeup. The smoothness allows you to apply and blend your makeup and achieve a desired flawless and natural look. 100% Latex Free, Naturally Hypoallergenic, and Biodegradable. Made in the U.S.A. Wonder Wedges Large 50 ct: Each sponge is designed to smooth your products to get a more natural and blended look. They are created from synthetic materials but are biodegradable and hypoallergenic. These makeup wedges are simple to use and can work with a range of skin types. The latex-free applicators come with many in a package to give you multiple uses per bag. Simple to dispose, you can replace worn-out pieces as they start to wear or work less efficiently. Their larger size makes them comfortable to hold, so your application can be quick and easy each time. They make a practical tool for those who enjoy smoothly blended makeup.

Mary Baird, College Store Sales / Service Specialist

Mary understands the unique nature of the College Stores and is dedicated to assisting in the selection, ordering, and displaying of the right items for YOUR store. Call or email her today, and see what she can do for YOU!

Mary Baird
Phone: 513-353-2200x122

Please view the photos of Virginia Tech College Store and University of Virginia College Store before and after to see exactly what MI can do for YOUR store!


If your company is interested in partnering with MI to reach this vast market, please contact us at 513-353-2200.




5929 State Route 128
P.O. Box 10 Miamitown, OH 45041-0010
Phone: 513-353-2200 / 1-800-819-8615
Fax: 513-353-3970