Noumika Balaji
Mercury Staff
POSTED
9 months ago

Self-service kiosks enable students to pick up, return packages on campus

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to clarify that Amazon will not be the official textbook vendor for the university.

Student Government is working with Amazon and UTD Administration to initiate the Amazon Locker program at UTD.

Amazon Locker facilitates pickup and package returns by providing self-service kiosks. Instead of having a package delivered to a home or business address, students can have them delivered to the locker location.

Computer engineering senior and Technology Committee chair Dhiren Kisani, worked on the initiative to bring the Amazon Locker program to UTD last semester.


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Initially, the committee planned to release a survey to gain student input on the project, but the survey was shelved as the administration was convinced of the usefulness of the program, Kisani said.

Considering the logistics, some potential choices for the lockers’ location include the vending machine areas in the Student Services Addition building and the basement of the McDermott library.

Originally, the Technology Committee planned and worked on bringing the Amazon Campus program to UTD. In this program, Amazon partners with universities to offer discounts on one-day deliveries, textbooks and other services.

Since the Amazon Campus program is currently on hold at UTD and awaits further discussion, the Technology Committee is looking toward a compromise by trying to initiate the Amazon Locker program.

If both Amazon and UTD Administration proceed with initiating the Amazon Locker program, Kisani said the construction of lockers would tentatively begin over the summer and the lockers would be available by fall 2018.