Amazon has revealed it will create “hundreds” of jobs with the opening of its first Australian fulfilment centre in Victoria’s Dandenong South.
The 24,000 square metre fulfilment centre is located in the Pellicano’s M2 Industry Park in the Melbourne suburb of Dandenong South, with its ready access to the South Gippsland Highway, Monash Highway and Eastlink.
The online retailer announced it is beginning to recruit staff for several roles including operations managers, pickers, packers, systems technicians and HR specialists.
According to Amazon, the site of the new centre is close to a wide range of amenities for employees.
“We are thrilled to be creating hundreds of new roles in Dandenong South,” said Amazon director of operations for Australia, Robert Bruce.
“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.”
Amazon intends to focus on offering Australian customers low prices on a “great” selection of products, according to Bruce.
“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,” said Bruce.
“Amazon is the latest global company to choose Victoria for its Australian operations,” said Industry Minister for Victoria, Wade Noonan. “The company’s decision to locate its centre in Dandenong South will create hundreds of local jobs and open up retail opportunities for thousands of local businesses.”
This is the first step Amazon has taken since April, when it revealed plans to bring its retail offering to Australia.
At the time the company said in a statement:
Amazon Web Services launched an Australian region in 2012, we launched a Kindle Store on Amazon.com.au in 2013, and we now have almost 1,000 employees in the country. The next step is to bring a retail offering to Australia, and we are making those plans now.
We are excited to bring thousands of new jobs to Australia, millions of dollars in additional investment, and to empower small Australian businesses through Amazon Marketplace. We are optimistic that by focusing on the things we believe customers value most – low prices, vast selection, and fast delivery – over time we’ll earn the business of Australian customers.