That harrowing shudder that cannoned through the cities of Australia today wasn’t the harsh shrill of winter, rather it was Gerry Harvey‘s withered torso contorting in pure horror, for that which he fears the most is finally happening: Amazon is movin’ into Australia, y’all!
The online retailing megalith has today revealed the location of its first – seriously ENORMOUS – Australian warehouse, and with it the promise of a drunken late night wish list’s worth of jobs.
Amazon is officially setting up shop in Dandenong South, in the outer south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
The first warehouse – or Fulfilment Centre as the corporation decrees – will sprout up in the Pellicano’s M2 Industrial Park, allowing the facility quick access to the South Gippsland Highway, Monash Freeway, and EastLink.
The company announced the facility earlier today with claims that they will be immediately recruiting for a mountain of new positions, including pickers, packers, systems technicians, and HR specialists.
Amazon’s Australian director of operations Robert Bruce championed today’s announcement, as the company moves towards commencing retail operations within the country.
We are thrilled to be creating hundreds of new roles in Dandenong South. 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.
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.
We will be focusing on offering our Australian customers low prices on a great selection of products and can’t wait to get started.
The Australian expansion of Amazon will reportedly include a local version of Prime Now, the retailer’s membership-based service delivering household items on an UberEATS-style platform, as well as the future rollout of Amazon Fresh service that will compete directly with Coles and Woolworths‘ fresh produce delivery options.
The new warehouse will cover 24,000 square metres; almost 1.5 times the size of the MCG.