With the University of Oregon pivoting to mostly virtual classes for the fall, the Duck Store has announced it will only sell course materials online this term.
According to Duck Store Marketing Director Eric Breitenstein, the beginning of a new term is when the store sees its highest in-store traffic. The decision to move to online-only was made primarily to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among students.
“Shifting those operations online will allow our staff to spread out and maintain a safe physical distance,” Breitenstein said. “This change will also enable us to keep customer traffic manageable while still making sure students get what they need for classes.”
Students will be eligible for free textbook shipping to anywhere in the United States for most orders over $50. Students can also choose free, in-store pickup at the flagship campus store at the corner of 13th Avenue and Kincaid Street. In-store pickup will be available within one business day of placing an order.
Students will be able to find course materials through the Duck Store’s online book list tool. All purchases are returnable under normal Duck Store guidelines. In order to receive a full refund, items must be postmarked or returned to the main campus store by Oct. 3.
While course materials such as textbooks and e-books will only be sold online, the main campus store will remain open for limited in-person shopping. Breitenstein also has hopes to reopen other Duck Store locations on campus before fall term resumes.
Breitenstein said the Duck Store has been “severely” affected by COVID-19.
“We are taking a careful approach to reopen stores but continue to see significant financial impacts,” Breitenstein stated.
Safety guidelines and additional updates can be found on the Duck Store website.
—By Mya Miller, University Communications