Amazon has opened its first-ever staffed customer order pickup and drop-off location at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Amazon@Purdue provides students with the option to receive textbooks and other college essentials right on campus at the prices they pay on Amazon.com, as well as a hassle-free way to return textbook rentals and other orders.
Amazon Student and Amazon Prime members at Purdue also 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.
“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.”
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. In addition to Purdue University, Amazon has similar arrangements with the University of California, Davis and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.