Amazon Opens Sydney Fulfilment Centre For “Growing Demand”
Amazon has today ramped up local operations and announced the opening of its new fulfilment centre in southwest Sydney, as the e-commerce giant attempts to meet “growing customer demand in Australia”.
The new fulfilment centre is located at the Goodman Centenary Distribution Centre in Moorebank, and is set to open in the second-half of 2018. The lease was facilitated by CBRE.
The new 43,000 square metre facility aims to expand Amazon Australia’s product range, and increase support for ‘Fulfilment by Amazon’ (FBA) third-party Marketplace sellers.
Amazon Australia Operations Director, Robert Bruce, affirms Sydney is an “important development” for its local “growth strategy”, and comes after “a steady and progressive increase in customer demand”.
The new Sydney centre is expected to facilitate “fast and reliable deliveries for Australian consumers”, further accelerating delivery times across the country.
Amazon states it has commenced recruitment for “operations, support and technical specialists” immediately. The global behemoth currently has 1,200 Australian employees.
The new Sydney centre is Amazon’s second local fulfilment centre, following its Dandenong South premises opened late last year.
Liverpool Mayor, Wendy Waller, affirms Amazon’s new fulfilment centre is a “great win”, and is expected to become a “key logistics hub”.
The news follows the debut of Amazon Australia late last year, which reportedly had “tens of millions of items” from “23 product categories” at launch.
The company’s own brand of products has continued to expand in Australia – e.g. Echo, Echo Spot smart speakers.
Amazon states its subscription-based ‘Prime’ service will roll out locally in mid-2018.