Amazon to open Amazon@Illinois staffed pickup location in the Illini Union Bookstore on the UIUC campus

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today announced an agreement with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to open Amazon@Illinois, a staffed pickup location in the Illini Union Bookstore on the UIUC campus. The first Amazon pickup location in the state of Illinois, Amazon@Illinois offers the campus community a convenient location to pick up and return Amazon orders, including virtually everything one needs for university life, from course materials and everyday essentials to tech devices.

Opening in Fall 2016, this approximately 2,200-square-foot space will be conveniently situated for Illinois students, staff and faculty. Additionally, Amazon Prime members will receive Free Same-Day Pickup for orders placed by noon and Free One-Day Pickup for orders placed by 10PM. Students can sign up for an Amazon Prime Student membership and get a six-month free trial followed by 50% off the regular price of Prime. To learn more about Amazon Prime Student, visit

“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@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.”

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

About Amazon Prime Student
Amazon Prime members at Illinois will get Free Same-Day Pickup on over three million items when shipped to the Amazon@Illinois location. Amazon Prime Student also gives college students unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 30 million items, and special offers and promotions created just for students as part of the six-month trial. After that it’s just $49 a year—half the price of a regular Amazon Prime membership—and includes unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, over a million songs with Prime Music, free unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos, and access to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. To learn more, visit

About Illini Union Bookstore
The Illini Union Bookstore is the official bookstore of the University of Illinois, serving the 42,000 students and more than 10,000 faculty and staff. Located at the corner of Wright and Daniels Street in Champaign, it offers officially licensed souvenirs and apparel, a wide selection of general books, and the largest selection of textbooks. All purchases at the Illini Union Bookstore support the Illini Union student events and activities.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit

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