It Begins: Amazon Is Opening A Massive Warehouse In Melbourne [Updated]

The rumours are true: Amazon has confirmed it will open a huge fulfillment centre in Melbourne’s Dandenong South. The facility will create “hundreds of new jobs” and contain “hundreds of thousands of products”. Here are the details!

After years of rumours and insider rumblings, Amazon has finally revealed some concrete plans for its entry into Australia. Today, the company announced it will open a 24,000 square metre fulfilment centre at Dandenong South on the outskirts of Melbourne. If the size of the facility wasn’t enough indication, Amazon has promised to sell a “vast selection” of products that number in the “hundreds of thousands”.

It has also committed itself to “fast delivery”. However, there’s currently no word on shipping costs or speed guarantees. (In the US, Amazon Prime customers enjoy free, same-day delivery in select cities and free, two-day delivery everywhere else.)

“We will be focusing on offering our Australian customers low prices on a great selection of products,” the company said. It’s still unclear what products the company will be selling, but retail analysts believe it will likely start with books, electronics and clothing.

The lucrative food delivery market also appears to be a priority, with Amazon’s former global logistics senior manager, Brittain Ladd claiming that a separate “Amazon Fresh” site will be part of the launch.

Here’s the full announcement:

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 Highway 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.”

“Amazon is the latest global company to choose Victoria for its Australian operations,” said Wade Noonan, Industry Minister for Victoria. “The company’s decision to locate its centre in Dandenong South will create hundreds of local jobs and open up retail opportunities for thousands of local businesses.”

[Via Business Insider]

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