• WHAT WOULD HAPPEN

    if you said no to leased initiatives, heavy-handed supply contracts, and “free” technology that ultimately harms your store economics? Well, we are driven by cause, and we have an idea.

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  • THEY CALL US "GEEKY"

    and nerdy, and too young, and smart, and hard-working and genuine. And we don’t really care what we’re called. We’re just Sidewalk. We love what we do, and we will keep pushing the bleeding edge and evangelizing the cause for the independent, autonomous college store.

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  • WE BELIEVE

    that the entrepreneurial spark is alive in all of us, and that if you kindle that spark, it will start a fire. For the sake of students, college stores need to find that spark, and we’re here to help.

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  • MEET THE REAL BOSS

    18-24 years old, 8-15 credits, and holding our future in her hands. Everything we do, we do for students, who are the ultimate beneficiary and judge of the work we do.

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  • SIDEWALK DIGITAL

    has arrived. For the first time ever, consolidate the entire digital offering, both textbooks, trade books, and custom faculty course packs, into one convenient in-store location: the Sidewalk Kiosk.

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WE BELIEVE


that the right technology amplifies the store’s existing competitive advantage and positions the store for immediate growth…the kind of growth that earns a store’s right to remain independent and autonomous.

See what we build below.

Digital

Offer students seamless access to their digital content

Pro

A complete point of sale solution

Marketplace

A store-to-store textbook sourcing and selling platform

Rent

Everything you need to establish a successful rental business

WE BUILD


We love product. And we are building it every day using the latest technology, best practices and processes.

With Sidewalk, stores stop spending in the past, and begin investing in the future.

 

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AGILE WORKFLOW

Modern architecture allows our teams an open environment in which to make changes and improvements as you need them. Today’s technology is fast, and so are we.

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RAPID DEPLOYMENT CYCLES

The retail industry and your customers are dynamic. Your store should be too. We deploy code on a weekly basis, so that changes are swift and efficient.

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CLOUD BASED ARCHITECTURE

Being cloud-based means reliable data storage, best-in-class uptime, tight development cycles and the capability for rapid improvements based on industry-wide feedback. But, if on-premise is important to you, don’t worry, we do that too.

WE THINK


One of the most important things you can know about us, is how we think. A rapidly changing landscape requires a thoughtful team obsessed with making good long-term decisions. Our thinking has resulted in innovative products that have nudged the industry in a positive direction that challenges the status quo and drives value to students.

BELOW YOU WILL SEE SOME OF OUR DECISIONS OVER TIME

DEC
07

College student Alan Martin, frustrated by the price of his textbooks, launches Sidewalk from his garage in Ogden, Utah (founded as CampusBookRentals.com).

DEC
09

Weber State University becomes the first college store in the nation to implement an in-store rental program. Our partnership with WSU establishes us as the first to bring the rental idea to campus.

NOV
11

Forbes named us one of "America's Most Promising Companies".

DEC
11

We ship our one millionth textbook.

APR
12

We win the National Mail Innovations Award from the USPS.

JUL
12

We're recognized as Utah's fastest growing company under 5 years old.

AUG
12

Inc. Magazine names CampusBookRentals the fastest growing education company in the nation, and 17th fastest growing company overall.

DEC
12

The company changes it's name from CampusBookRentals to Sidewalk and acquires a point-of-sale and warehouse management technology that will bring new solutions to college stores.

JUN
13

Our point-of-sale product is installed in its 50th location.

JAN
14

Sidewalk Marketplace is launched.

JUN
14

Sidewalk Marketplace reaches 250 schools.

JUN
14

Sidewalk Digital is launched and reaches 30 stores in its first month.

SO MUCH MORE TO COME


We are completely invested and engaged in exploring the smartest ways to enhance the college store and student experience. We value things that make sense. We value good thinking, collaboration, inspiration, spirit, culture and innovation. We feel we’re at the beginning of a very long and exciting journey.

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See how Sidewalk can change your store! Contact one of us today.