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Amazon to Open New Pick-up Location at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Illini Union Bookstore amazon unstoreAmazon announced their 14th college campus unstore on Monday. It’s going to open this fall in Urbana, Ill., at the University of Illinois.

The 2,200-square-foot space will be located in the Illini Union building on the UIUC campus. It’s going to be a staffed pickup location where students and faculty will be able to pick up and drop off  Amazon packages.

“We are excited to partner with Amazon and add this level of service for students, faculty, and staff on campus,” said Renée Romano, vice chancellor for Student Affairs at Illinois. “The Illini Union Bookstore location is perfect to offer convenience and security in the heart of campus.”

Amazon Prime members will get free Same-Day Pickup for orders placed by noon and free One-Day Pickup for orders placed by 10 pm the night before.

“Amazon@Illinois will offer students a pickup location centrally located on campus to easily get their merchandise ordered through Amazon,” said Ripley MacDonald, Director of Amazon Student Programs. “We are thrilled to offer the Urbana-Champaign community more opportunities to save on their overall costs along with great customer service, better selection and convenience.”

This is going to be Amazon’s fourteenth unstore. They’re announcing the locations at a rate of just over one per month, and the rate is accelerating. Even so, they’re still years away from reaching the 400 pickup locations I expect them to open.

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