Amazon Australia announced it is expanding its Australian operations, with the opening of its first Queensland fulfillment center (FC) in Brisbane later this year. The new facility is located at Goodman’s Port Industry Park in Lytton, Brisbane and is scheduled to begin operations before Christmas.
The new fulfillment center will be around the same size as two Rugby League fields, housing more than half a million items from Amazon.com.au, ranging from health, household and personal care products, to electronics, books, gardening equipment and pantry staples.
A high proportion of the items at the Brisbane FC will be the products Queenslanders most commonly purchase from Amazon, the company said. This ensures the most popular items are closer to customers and can be delivered more quickly.
The Brisbane FC will also benefit Queensland based small & medium-sized businesses that use Fulfilment By Amazon to service customers across the country. Amazon said that local sellers could soon send their products to the Brisbane FC, where Amazon will then pick, pack and ship orders to customers, provide customer service support and manage returns on behalf of the seller.
“Brisbane is a key strategic location to meet customer demand in Queensland. We are committed to improving delivery promises for our customers as demand continues to grow, and building infrastructure closer to where our customers and third-party sellers live enables us to do this while reducing our environmental impact,” said Craig Fuller, Director of Operations, Amazon Australia.
The company currently has three fulfillment centers in Australia. It opened its first in Dandenong South, Melbourne in December 2017, followed by Moorebank, Sydney in August 2018 and the most recent in Perth’s Airport Precinct in November 2019.
Reports Emerge Of More Amazon Fulfillment Centers In Australia
Media reports have emerged, suggesting Amazon may add more fulfillment centers in Australia as online commerce in Australia surged because of COVID-19.
The company supposedly is scouting locations in the Melbourne and Western Sydney areas, the Australian Financial Review reported on Thursday. Amazon did not comment on these speculations, but Australia’s Brickworks Ltd. said it was in “advanced discussions” with a customer for a warehouse development near Sydney, according to Reuters.
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