Retail giant Amazon has unveiled further expansion in Australia, with the announcement that it will soon open its third warehouse fulfilment centre in a bid to “meet increasing customer demand”.
Amazon already operates two distribution centres in Sydney and Melbourne, but it has revealed that the west coast will soon have its own centre, with a new facility set to open in Perth by the end of 2019.
The centre is located in the Perth Airport business precinct.
According to the online marketplace, having a third facility will enable it to speed up deliveries not just for customers on the west coast but across the country, and will provide enough capacity to accommodate future sales growth.
A spokesperson told My Business that facility is on the small side, at 9,000sqm and would be operated by “a small team split between Amazonians [company employees] and associates (agency staff)”.
“This expansion represents the investment and development of our growth strategy in Australia, following a steady and progressive increase in customer demand,” said Craig Fuller, operations director for Amazon Australia.
“This new facility builds on the capabilities of our first two fulfilment centres in Melbourne and Sydney, allowing us to continue to fulfil our commitment to fast and reliable deliveries for customers across the country.
“We strongly believe that this further investment will benefit both customers and the local economy and give Western Australian (WA) customers quicker delivery of high-demand items.”
Amazon said that it now sells some 125 million products across 29 categories.
It quoted City of Belmont mayor Phil Marks as stating that the new centre would be “a win for our local economy”.
“We look forward to Amazon’s contribution to local jobs close to where they live, and working with Amazon as a partner in the local community.”
The announcement followed news that Amazon has partnered with the Starlight Children’s Foundation with a donation commitment in cash and toys worth at least $50,000.
Adam Zuchetti is the editor of My Business, and has steered the publication’s editorial direction since early 2016.