Amazon has added University of Texas in their list where they have an Amazon Store for pick up. The plan is to open more of this pick-up stores in the nation’s universities to encourage more students to shop online. The 2,500-square-foot UT store, located in Gregory Gymnasium on the campus, is set to open in the summer. It follows the recent opening of similar locations at Purdue University; the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; the University of California at Berkeley; the University of California, Santa Barbara; and the University of Cincinnati.
Amazon seems to be banking big on what it calls its “Amazon Campus” initiative. The company is hiring dozens of business managers, project managers and software engineers for the effort. In one of the job postings the program is described as “focused on engaging and acquiring college student customers through physical locations at or near universities.” Aside from the major reason that Amazon has been causing a major workload in the university’s mail room where they can’t keep up, thus causing other more important deliveries delayed.
“This partnership with Amazon is one more way that the university is providing value to our campus community,” said Gage Paine, vice president for student affairs at the University of Texas, in a statement. “With the pickup location in the heart of the UT Austin campus, this enhanced service will benefit our students, offering them a convenient and secure place to pick up their merchandise. Faculty and staff will also be able to take advantage of the service.”
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