SEATTLE & WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(NASDAQ: AMZN)–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. Purdue students now have a new convenient option for receiving textbooks and other college essentials, all with the same great prices they find every day on Amazon, as well as a hassle-free way to return textbook rentals and other orders. Additionally, 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.
“We’re excited to open our first-ever staffed pickup location at Purdue, making it more convenient and affordable for students to get everything they need for life on campus,” said Paul Ryder, Vice President of Media and Student Programs at Amazon. “Whether students are ordering textbooks, laptops, or mac and cheese, Amazon and Purdue are now providing a convenient and secure spot for them to pick up their stuff at hours that work with their schedules. We look forward to bringing this experience to more universities soon.”
“Our goal in working with Amazon has been to make books and other needed supplies more affordable for our students, as we have with tuition and room and board,” said Purdue President Mitch Daniels. “The opening of the Amazon@Purdue location adds convenience to the mix.”
Student affordability and accessibility is a key component of Purdue Moves, a range of initiatives to broaden Purdue’s global impact and enhance educational opportunities for its students.
Here’s how Amazon@Purdue works:
- Students, alumni, faculty and staff at Purdue can activate their benefits by visiting purdue.amazon.com—or joining Amazon Student—to personalize their Amazon shopping experience.
- Once activated, students will be able to easily identify books needed for class by looking for a ‘badge’ with Purdue’s logo and class information within Amazon search results and product pages. Student can also purchase any item available on Amazon, and items eligible for Free One-Day Pickup are marked with a “Prime Campus” badge.
- When purchasing items on Amazon, students will choose Amazon@Purdue as their shipping address at checkout.
- When their order arrives, they’ll receive an email or text notification.
- When they’re ready to pick up their order, the student will click on the link provided in the email or text. This link will generate a barcode.
- After arriving at Amazon@Purdue the student will scan the barcode and pick up their order at one of the self-service lockers or go to the pickup desk and an associate can assist them.
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 initiatives.
A second location will open this spring in the Purdue Memorial Union building. Also this spring, all Purdue students will be eligible for Free One-Day Shipping on Purdue textbooks shipped to the West Lafayette campus area.
In addition to Purdue University, Amazon has similar arrangements with the University of California, Davis and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
For more information on Amazon@Purdue, visit purdue.amazon.com.
For more information on how to bring Amazon to your campus, visit amazon.com/amazoncampus.
About Amazon Student
Amazon Student gives college students Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items, and special offers and promotions created just for students as part of the six month free trial. After that it’s just $49 a year—half the price of a regular Amazon Prime membership—and includes unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Video, over a million songs with Prime Music, and access to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. To learn more, visit amazon.com/joinstudent.
About Purdue University
Purdue University, a top public research institution, offers higher education at its highest proven value. Committed to affordability, the university has frozen tuition and most fees at 2012-13 levels. Committed to student success, Purdue is changing the student experience with greater focus on faculty-student interaction and creative use of technology. Committed to pursuing scientific discoveries and engineered solutions, Purdue has streamlined pathways for faculty and student innovators who have a vision for moving the world forward.
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