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ACU partners with UGS, eCampus for campus store

Abilene Christian University is partnering with University Gear Shop and for the operation of branded merchandise and textbooks and course materials beginning March 14.

UGS will be the provider for ACU’s in-person campus store, as well as extended campus locations and a gear shop website with a deep inventory of branded merchandise and apparel. will be ACU’s partner for a new online bookstore with textbooks and course materials available 24/7 through a customized website

“Our campus store – now called ACU Gear Shop – is an important way for us to further Abilene Christian’s brand. UGS will help provide quality merchandise for students, faculty, staff, alumni, future Wildcats and parents, and will support our faculty and students with easy access to course texts and materials,” said Lori Herrick, associate vice president of finance at ACU. “We look forward to the advantages both of these partners have to offer our ACU community.”

ACU’s campus store in the McGlothlin Campus Center will be closed March 13-17 during the transition to UGS, and the official opening of ACU Gear Shop will be March 20. The online merchandise and apparel site – – will be live on March 20 as well.

About University Gear Shop (UGS)
UGS is a trusted global distribution network, specializing in driving branded merchandise and apparel sales at colleges and universities through marketing, social media, events, technology and e-commerce solutions. UGS focuses on providing a deep catalog of on-trend, high-quality products including top brand names, online stores with preloaded product databases, campus integration with pop-up shopping experiences, and marketing expertise designed to drive engagement among students and campus groups. For more information about UGS, please visit

Established in 1999 in Lexington, Kentucky, is one of America’s largest online textbook sources. consistently exceeds industry standards through its mission to provide the easiest, fastest, and most affordable way for college and university students to buy, rent, and sell textbooks. The company was created to revolutionize textbook purchasing with a mission to provide students an easy and affordable alternative to the brick-and-mortar bookstore. currently serves over 300 academic institutions through an innovative course material solutions suite. To learn more about’s Higher Ed suite of solutions, including insights into current campus partnerships, visit 

— Wendy Kilmer

March 13, 2023

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