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Amazon Strikes Deal With Universities With Plans For On-Campus Distribution Centers

February 2, 2015 - Written By Justin Diaz

You can buy pretty much anything from Amazon these days, from kitchen goods to digital content, and soon students from two different universities will be able to get their textbooks from Amazon with the option of next day delivery thanks to the massive online merchant opening distribution centers on campus grounds. Amazon is reported to be opening up a brand new distribution center on both the campuses of Purdue University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and it’s also got a deal with University of California Davis, although not for the distribution center at this time. The deal with UC Davis does however give students access to a co-branded Amazon/UC Davis student store/online website where students are still able to get discounts on stuff they need for school through a two-day delivery.

Both UC Mass and Purdue University have the co-branded websites set up as well, and for those students who are Amazon Student Prime members, the next day delivery of goods through the “to-be” distribution centers will be available for pickup from either Amazon employees who are working at the center on campus or through code activated lockers which will hold the goods until a student is able to come pick them up.

Amazon is realizing that students are a potentially big and untapped market for them so this move is an understandable one, as they can create an opportunity to bring up students who may not already be using Amazon to purchase stuff online. If students are having enough good shopping experiences through Amazon for university-related purchases as well as personal ones, Amazon may just be creating a whole new legion of loyal customers who could end up going back time and again for purchases in the future. The good news for students at Purdue is that the distribution center opens up tomorrow. So students will be able to start making purchases as early as tomorrow with delivery by Wednesday. UC Mass students will have to wait till this summer (around June) before the distribution center opens, which is ironically when students will be winding down for the summer as the school year will be ending. For Student Prime accounts, the annual cost will  be less for those who are on regular Prime accounts, and students will only be forking out $49 per year as opposed to the original $99.