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Follett Announces New Virtual Store Solution

Follett Virtual Bookstores changes name to Follett Virtual Campus, expands offerings

WESTCHESTER, IL, Jul 21, 2014 – Follett today announced the launch of  Follett Virtual Campus (FVC), a pure ecommerce  solution for higher education and PreK-12 institutions that provides quick access to needed materials such as textbooks, supplies, technology, gifts and apparel without the footprint of a local store.

Formerly Follett Virtual Bookstores, FVC is a full service provider that takes ecommerce to the next level with enhanced website functionality and a tailored one-stop-shopping environment for students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni that extends beyond the expected bookstore assortment.

“We understand that each school is unique, with different challenges and demands that may require a different solution than the traditional brick-and-mortar store. Follett Virtual Campus provides a superior custom online shopping experience for customers that are better supported by a purely virtual solution,” said Roe McFarlane, Senior Vice President, eCommerce and Product Development.

Follett Virtual Campus websites are powered by the latest IBM ecommerce platform as well as continued company technology investments. FVC’s recently updated web platform features:

  • A more robust, intuitive layout
  • Expanded general merchandise offerings including emblematic apparel and gifts as well as technology and supplies
  • Improved site search functionality, including ISBN search, that allows shoppers to refine results according to product attributes like price, color, size and brand
  • Quick access from a myriad of devices including computers, tablets and smartphones
Follett also brings the largest inventory of course materials and a network of more than 8,000 publishers and providers together to maximize educational access for millions of students across the nation. FVC customers can choose from a variety of affordable course material options, including new, used, rental and digital titles. To help identify local opportunities and manage the transition to digital content, FVC offers its partners digital consultation services.

In addition to more than 940 physical campus stores, Follett operates over 300 online storefronts through its Follett Virtual Campus partnerships.  For more information regarding Follett Virtual Campus and its services, please visit

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About Follett Virtual Campus |

Follett Virtual Campus is a purely eCommerce solution for all levels of higher education and PreK-12 institutions to streamline community access to needed materials such as course materials, apparel, technology and supplies. Through custom-designed, branded virtual campus store sites, FVC delivers innovative solutions, superior service and maximum revenue for its partners.

About Follett Corporation |

Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on more than 1,000 college campuses. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.7 billion privately-held company.