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The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that "Amazon is expanding its campus pickup program to the University of Pennsylvania. The online retailer plans to open a staffed location on Penn's University City campus this spring, where students can retrieve or return items purchased from Amazon ... Members of the company's Amazon Student and Prime programs will get free same-day pickup at the location for orders placed by noon and free one-day pickup for items ordered by 10 p.m., the company said."

The story notes that "similar pickup spots are already operating at or near four other colleges, with additional locations planned for two University of California campuses later this year."
KC's View:
There was another interesting observation in the story - that almost half of all packages delivered to students at the University of Pennsylvania are from Amazon. That's an extraordinary number...and it is a number that will continue to exist, and probably even will grow, even after these students leave school and begin lives.