Amazon commits to Australian market

E-commerce company, Amazon Australia, is expected to install a 60,000-square metre tower valued at $1.5 billion in Melbourne.

Broadsheet newspaper, The Australian, reported that this development would be expedited by the Victorian Government and would also see Amazon leave its Exhibition Street site.

The first stage of the tower build is set for late 2022.

In June, Amazon Australia announced plans to open its first Amazon Robotics Fulfilment Centre at Goodman’s Oakdale West Industrial Estate in Western Sydney. Targeted for building completion in late 2021, the new site is expected to create more than 1,500 jobs, while the construction and fit out of the state-of-the-art facility will create an additional 700 jobs.

The fulfilment centre will have a total floor area of around 200,000 square metres across four levels

“The Amazon Robotics fulfilment centre will more than double our operational footprint in Australia, enhance efficiency and safety for our associates while ultimately providing customers with wider selection and faster delivery,” said Amazon Australia Director of Operations, Craig Fuller.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said Amazon’s decision was a vote of confidence in the New South Wales economy.

“The project will contribute to local workforce development and provide skilled employment in areas like robotics, logistics and supply chain,” said Ayres. “It will also help build our local e-commerce sector, giving small and medium-sized businesses access to Amazon’s packing, shipping, customer service and returns capabilities, along with easier access to millions of customers across Australia and the world.”

Amazon launched in Australia in December 2017 and now offers customers 125 million products across 31 different categories including Amazon devices.

Amazon Robotics will complement Amazon’s existing network of three Australian fulfilment centres launched in Dandenong South, Melbourne in December 2017, followed by Moorebank, Sydney in August 2018 and Perth’s Airport Precinct in November 2019.

A fourth fulfilment centre is expected to commence operation in Lytton, Brisbane, before Christmas 2020.