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Amazon Tests the Waters With First Pickup/Drop-Off Location

by Jacob Kleinman | February 3, 2015February 3, 2015 4:00 pm PDT

Amazon may have plans to open a chain of physical stores, but for now the company is taking things slow with a single location for pickups and drop-offs. The e-commerce giant announced its first store on Tuesday at Purdue University in Indiana.

The Amazon store won’t actually sell anything directly. Instead, students can stop by to pick-up orders or return textbooks and other rented items at the end of the semester. As an added bonus, Amazon Prime and Amazon Student subscribers will get free one day shipping to the new location.

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

It sounds pretty amazing, and we can’t wait to see Amazon expand to other colleges and potentially the rest of the U.S. as well. Hopefully, this is what the company plans to do with all those RadioShack locations it’s thinking about buying.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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