First of Its Kind: Amazon.com Opens Physical Location For Pickups/Dropoffs at Purdue University
Amazon announced today the grand opening of Amazon@Purdue, its first-ever staffed customer order pickup and drop-off location, housed in the Krach Leadership Center at Purdue University’s West Lafayette, Ind. campus.
Amazon Student and Amazon Prime members at Purdue get Free One-Day Shipping on textbooks shipped to the West Lafayette campus area and are also eligible for Free One-Day Pickup on over one million items when shipped to the new Amazon@Purdue location.
The opening of Amazon@Purdue marks the next phase of the collaboration announced by Purdue and Amazon last August, where Amazon will return a percentage of eligible sales to customers that have activated the Purdue experience to the university, including sales to faculty, staff, and alumni. Purdue will use the proceeds for its student affordability and accessibility initiative.
The Amazon location opening today is the first of two locations on the Purdue campus.
The second location (opening in the Spring) will be inside the student union building. Also, this Spring, ALL Purdue students residing in the West Lafayette area will be able to get free next-day delivery of textbooks. Right now, free next-day delivery is only available to Amazon Student and Amazon Prime members.
For some background, here’s a report about the Amazon now open location from the Purdue student newspaper when it was first reported on. October 22, 2014
A second report was published on December 16, 2014.
See Also: WSJ Reports on Amazon’s Move Into the College Bookstore Biz (February 1, 2015)
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