Amazon and UC Davis pilot online university storefront

The University of California, Davis, and Amazon are piloting a first-of-its kind online program that complements UC Davis’ retail operations and supports student programs, services and a new scholarship.

When Amazon Student members shop at or any other customers start their shopping on the UC Davis storefront,, UC Davis will receive a little more than 2 percent of most purchases (net of returns). The program launched fall 2013.

Plans call for at least $40,000 of the proceeds to fund the development of a textbook scholarship in collaboration with We Are Aggie Pride, a student-led group that raises money to provide emergency funding for UC Davis students in need. Additional revenue will help support student programs and services.

UC Davis Stores, an independent, nonprofit bookstore, has a long tradition of innovation in service to the students and community of UC Davis. Jason Lorgan, director of UC Davis Stores, said Amazon approached UC Davis Stores to pilot this program because it is among the top-earning university bookstores in the Amazon Associates program.

“The collaboration is a win-win for the university and its students,” Lorgan said. “The site complements the existing UC Davis retail operations and provides additional items that we’re unable to provide,” he said. “We expect it will generate significant revenue for the university and do not believe it will harm our in-store sales.”

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