Amazon opens new pickup location at University of Pennsylvania
Amazon has announced that it is opening a new staffed package pickup point on the University of Pennsylvania campus. The first such facility at an Ivy League university, Amazon@Penn will allow Amazon Student and Amazon Prime members at Penn to get free same-day Pickup services.
The 3,558 square foot space, set to open this Spring, will be located in 1920 Commons, the University’s largest dining facility.
In addition to mobile-enabled, self-service package pick up, it will be the first Amazon pickup location to feature communal work spaces with interactive media pods where students can connect their laptops and mobile devices to TV monitors for presentations, brainstorming, studying, and collaborating.
“The preference by today’s students for on-line shopping has led to a significant increase in deliveries. When we looked closely at the shipping activity, we discovered that almost half of all packages delivered to Penn student mail rooms were from Amazon,” said Marie Witt, Vice President of Business Services at Penn.
“We’re thrilled to bring a new experience to Penn that makes it more convenient for students to get everything they need for university life,” said Ripley MacDonald, Director of Amazon Student Programs. “We look forward to bringing this experience to even more college communities soon.”
Since 2015, Amazon has opened staffed pickup locations at a number of colleges, including: Amazon@Purdue, Amazon@UMass, Amazon@IslaVista, and Amazon@Cincinnati. In addition to Penn, Amazon also has confirmed agreements to open two more locations in 2016 with the University of California, Davis and the University of California, Berkeley.