Amazon Opens First Physical Storefont at Purdue University

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Amazon Opens First Physical Storefont at Purdue

Amazon has leaped off of the Internet and into the physical world.

The online sales giant opened its first physical location, a pickup and drop-off center on the campus of Purdue University, this week — the first of what could become many spots at colleges, universities and beyond.

“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,” Paul Ryder, Amazon’s vice president of media and student programs, said in a statement. “We look forward to bringing this experience to more universities soon.”

At the Indiana university, students, faculty and staff can activate a membership at the center through a school-specific program or Amazon Student. When buying anything on Amazon, they will select Amazon@Purdue as their shipping address. They’ll receive an email or text message when their item arrives and be able to scan a bar code to pick it up from an employee or a self-service locker.

Amazon has not said which colleges might be next on its list. But the company already has agreements with University of California-Davis and University of Massachusetts-Amherst similar to the one at Purdue, which offers students free one-day shipping on textbooks sent to campus.

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