Amazon has quietly opened a same-day pickup location in Chicago that is not directly tied to or branded with a college campus name.
Two Amazon pickup points are now open in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood on the city’s north side. One is adjacent to DePaul University, but the second site is near a residential neighborhood and not adjacent to a college campus, as DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus is about a mile away from the storefront. In its email to shoppers, Amazon makes no mention of the pickup location’s proximity to DePaul, telling shoppers simply, “Our Amazon Lincoln Park pickup locations gives you easier and faster ways to get the things you need, when you need them.”
Amazon’s other pickup locations have names more closely aligned with an adjacent university, such as Amazon@Purdue, Amazon@UTexas or Amazon@The Beach for California State University-Long Beach.
Amazon late last week sent promotional emails to some Chicago shoppers (who are not university students) to notify them about the opening of the Lincoln Park sites, which are noted by the intersections near where they are located: Clark & Diversey and Sheffield & Webster. In June, Amazon leased a storefront at Sheffield and Webster, according to the Chicago Tribune. Illinois now has four Amazon pickup points, with previously opened locations at the University of Illinois-Chicago and the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign.
Amazon has worked with a number of universities to open physical pickup points on campus property or adjacent to college campuses, with at least 26 university-affiliated sites nationwide, according to Amazon’s website.
The pickup points, which are staffed with Amazon employees, do not carry inventory. The sites allow Amazon to offer such perks as free same-day pickup on millions of items ordered online, free returns of online orders, and for customers to have an order shipped to the location and stored for up to 15 days.
Shoppers who want a product shipped to one of the pickup points must first add the address of the site to their shipping addresses on their Amazon account. As a shopper completes her purchase, she selects the Amazon pickup point as the delivery address at checkout. Amazon will notify a shopper that her order is ready for pickup via email and text message.
Under the frequently asked questions section of its same-day pickup page, Amazon states that shoppers don’t need to have a Prime membership, which typically costs $99 a year or $10.99 a month, to utilize the pickup locations. Amazon also has a student rate for Prime, which is $49 a year or—announced last week—$5.49 a month after a free six-month trial.
Amazon over the summer began making a same-day pickup push at its college campus locations, rolling out a service called Instant Pickup, which allows college students to place an order through Amazon’s mobile app and pick up that order in as little as two minutes.Favorite