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Amazon steps up Australian rollout with Sydney fulfilment centre

03 May 2018

The new Sydney fulfilment centre, along with the existing building in Melbourne, will allow Amazon to handle current and future customer demand and speed up delivery to customers across the country, and is planned to start operations in the second half of 2018.

Liverpool Mayor, Wendy Waller, affirms Amazon's new fulfilment centre is a "great win", and is expected to become a "key logistics hub". Amazon opened its first Australian fulfillment center in Melbourne in December of 2017.

Founded all the way back in 1994 by Jeff Bezos, the company finally hit Australian shores in December past year with its first warehouse in Dandenong South, Victoria.

The 43,000-square-metre facility is in Centenary Distribution Centre, at 7-21 Centenary Avenue, which is owned and managed by Australia's largest industrial property developer Goodman. In some markets, Prime includes same-day and next-day shipping options, and having a Sydney-based centre will be crucial if it wants to offer faster deliveries to NSW customers.

Sellers are charged for storage space used and for each order Amazon fulfils, with the cost of shipping included in fees.

The new facility will complement the first centre built in Melbourne a year ago, allowing Amazon to commit to fast and reliable deliveries to customers. Amazon will begin recruiting immediately for a range of roles including operations, support and technical specialists.

Amazon Australia is preparing for its upcoming Prime launch.

Amazon has also announced Amazon Prime will be coming to local customers in mid-2018.

Amazon's roots in Australia are growing.

Amazon Australia operations director Robert Bruce said the new centre would benefit Amazon customers, boost the local economy by creating new jobs and allow sellers on the platform to access "millions of customers".

Since launching late past year, Amazon has rolled out a number of products including Fulfilment by Amazon - where Australian sellers can utilise Amazon logistics to pick, pack and ship their goods directly from the distribution centre.

Amazon.com.au's web traffic has from the getgo outshone an array of leading local retailers including Myer, Kmart and Coles and shows no signs of slowing down. The company now has about 1200 Australian employees.

Amazon steps up Australian rollout with Sydney fulfilment centre