Online retail giant Amazon has confirmed its Australian launch by unveiling the site of its first distribution centre, with recruitment for “hundreds of new roles” to begin immediately. So when will Amazon open in Australia?
While remaining coy on the exact launch date for its Australian operations, the announcement is the closest sign yet that it will indeed commence trading sooner rather than later – likely in time for the pre-Christmas shopping season this year.
The new centre will be located in Dandenong South in Melbourne’s south-east, covering a total of 24,000sqm.
The Amazon statement reads as follows:
Amazon today announced that it will create hundreds of new jobs with the opening of its first Australian fulfilment centre in Dandenong South. Amazon will begin recruiting immediately for a range of roles, including operations managers, pickers, packers, systems technicians and HR specialists.
Amazon recently announced its intention to bring a retail offering to Australia and the opening of this 24,000 square metre fulfilment centre is an integral early step in the move towards that goal.
“We are thrilled to be creating hundreds of new roles in Dandenong South,” said Robert Bruce, Amazon’s director of operations for Australia. “This is just the start. Over time, we will bring thousands of new jobs to Australia and millions of dollars of investment as well as opening up the opportunity for thousands of Australian businesses to sell at home and abroad through Amazon Marketplace.”
The new centre is located in the Pellicano’s M2 Industry Park in Dandenong South, providing easy access to the South Gippsland Highway, Monash [Freeway] and Eastlink. The building is also in close proximity to a wide range of amenities for employees. The lease of the centre was facilitated by CBRE’s Industrial & Logistics business.
“This new fulfilment centre will stock hundreds of thousands of products which will be available for delivery to customers across Australia when we launch our retail offering,” said Robert Bruce.
“We will be focusing on offering our Australian customers low prices on a great selection of products and can’t wait to get started.”
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