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Follett Contracts with Stony Brook University to Operate Virtual Bookstore and Campus Stores

STONY BROOK, N.Y., Mar 21, 2018Follett Higher Education has entered into an agreement with  Stony Brook University to manage its three campus stores and virtual bookstore for affordable course material options effective March 19, 2018. Follett will begin operating Stony Brook’s Shop Red West, Shop Red East and the Seawolves MarketPlace stores bringing a fresh product assortment of officially licensed Stony Brook apparel and merchandise.

After a national competitive bid process, Follett was chosen as the vendor that would offer the best programs and opportunities for students to save on the overall costs of course materials. Cost-saving options include a textbook rental program that saves students up to 80 percent compared to buying new books and a varied selection of ebooks and other digital learning technologies that help promote anywhere/anytime access to needed materials. Follett will also offer affordable open educational resources content and courseware by Lumen Learning.

“We’re excited to work with Stony Brook University to serve their students, parents, alumni, fans, faculty and staff," said Clay Wahl, President of Follett Higher Education. "Follett's focus is on providing cost-effective course material options while enhancing the Stony Brook University campus experience and driving student success. Customers can expect our campus and online stores to deliver great products and celebrate the unique spirit of the campus."

Beyond course materials, Follett will refresh the stores’ general merchandise offerings making it a one-stop shop for class and campus life essentials. Stony Brook University customers can expect a custom product assortment that reflects local interests as well as national trends in supplies, technology, clothing, gifts and more. Exciting brands carried include Apple®, 47® Brand apparel, Columbia® Sportswear, Under Armour®, NIKE®, Moleskin®, Hydro Flask ® and feel-good brands like Alta Gracia. Stores will also carry official Stony Brook licensed goods and gear. The full breadth of Follett’s products and services can be explored both in-store and online through the world's number one online provider of textbooks and fan gear stonybrookshop.com.

“Our historic $50M investment in our eCommerce sites and digital applications underscores our commitment to better serve our customers by enriching their shopping experience with us,” said Wahl. “Students will be able to quickly search, browse and shop for all their campus essentials whether they’re on a computer, tablet or phone and conveniently choose in-store pickup if needed.”

Through Follett’s cutting-edge retail innovation strategies, the Stony Brook University community can look forward to a campus store environment that fosters collaboration, cool events and community initiatives.

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About Stony Brook University | www.stonybrook.edu 
Stony Brook University is going beyond the expectations of what today’s public universities can accomplish. Since its founding in 1957, this young university has grown to become a flagship as one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system with more than 26,000 students and 2,600 faculty members, and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs. Our faculty have earned numerous prestigious awards, including the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. The University offers students an elite education with an outstanding return on investment: U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 50 public universities in the nation. Its membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. As part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University joins a prestigious group of universities that have a role in running federal R&D labs. Stony Brook University is a driving force in the region’s economy, generating nearly 60,000 jobs and an annual economic impact of more than $4.6 billion. Our state, country and world demand ambitious ideas, imaginative solutions and exceptional leadership to forge a better future for all. The students, alumni, researchers and faculty of Stony Brook University are prepared to meet this challenge.

About Follett Corporation | www.follett.com 
Follett is a $3.4 billion privately held company headquartered in Westchester, Illinois. As a leading provider of education technology, services and physical and digital content, Follett works with 70,000 schools and operates more than 1,250 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores. With the 2016 acquisition of Baker & Taylor, LLC, Follett's reach also extends into the public library and global retail markets.

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