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Amazon Beefs Up Aussie Workforce For Holiday Rush

Amazon Australia has hired an additional 1,000 workers to handle the increased load during the upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales rush, which will also carry into Christmas trading and the inevitable Boxing Day savings.

This is on top of the 1,100 permanent Australian workers the company has added in 2021.

The company has also expanded its operational network, which currently sits at five fulfilment centres and 14 logistics sites around Australia.

Amazon launched a second Melbourne fulfilment centre in August, and has since expanded its Amazon Flex last-mile delivery service to the Gold Coast, Adelaide, and Newcastle. It’s alternative parcel pick up network has swollen to 800 locations, up from the 500 it had operational last holiday season.

Craig Fuller, Amazon Australia head of operations, told AFR they had worked to avoid supply chain issues and being stock shortages.

“We’ve been working for about the last six or seven weeks just to build the inventory levels up to meet the demand for Black Friday,” he said.

“And we really haven’t had any delays from any of our vendors and sellers and meeting those requirements.”

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