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Happy Returns is "getting schooled"

A concept dedicated to in-person returns of online purchases is targeting students with its newest sites.

Just in time for the back-to-school shopping season, Happy Returns is opening its “Return Bars” on five college campuses. The partnerships allow the universities to offer students a physical location to return unwanted merchandise purchased from popular online retailers, including Everlane, Eloquii, and UntuckIt, among others.

College students are among Happy Returns’ top customers, making the campus partnerships a natural extension of the brand, the company said.

“College students are a great fit for Happy Returns, since they do most of their shopping online, don’t want to bother with printing shipping labels, and crave an easy and immediate refund,” said David Sobie, co-founder and CEO of Happy Returns. “College students are also passionate about preserving the environment, so they appreciate that Happy Returns’ box-free returns consume less cardboard and produce lower carbon emissions than other return methods.”

The college campuses are increasing the reach of Happy Returns. The company has a national network of more than 50 Return Bar locations in 14 metro areas. One of its newest locations is a flagship store that opened in January in New York City’s Rockefeller Center retail concourse.
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