Amazon adding college pickup

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is opening new pickup locations on college campuses, giving students more opportunities to order goods from the retailer.

New pickup locations were announced this week at the University of Connecticut and California State University, Long Beach. The latter, dubbed [email protected] will be located inside the university book store and offer pickup and returns for orders place through Amazon or Amazon Prime.

The facility at UConn will be roughly 4,000 sq. ft. and located near the campus.  

"We are excited to bring an Amazon pickup location to the UConn and greater Storrs community," said Ripley MacDonald, director of Amazon Student Programs. "Whether students are ordering college essentials, electronics or snacks, Amazon will provide a convenient and secure spot for them to pick up their stuff at hours that work with their schedules."

Since 2015, Amazon has opened staffed pickup locations at the following universities: Purdue University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and University of California, Berkeley, as well as in the college communities of University of California, Santa Barbara, and University of Cincinnati. Amazon will also open more locations in 2016, including: University of Pennsylvania, University of California, Davis, The University of Texas at Austin, The Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as in the college community of University of Akron.

Amazon is also adding two fulfillment centers in New Jersey, bringing more than 2,000 jobs to the state.

Retailers are expanding to college campuses and communities with new formats and services. Target and Publix are even developing new formats to serve this population.

For more:
- see the Amazon press release
- see this Post & Parcel story
- see this AP story

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