Amazon expands in Australia and plans huge warehouse
The company has confirmed that it is in the planning stage, but that’s about it. Thousands of Australian businesses sold products on existing Amazon Marketplaces in other countries, it added.
And because one of the world’s biggest companies likes to keep things low-key (despite CEO Jeff Bezos’ recent attempts to dress like a giant robot), Amazon isn’t giving us much to go off.
The official announcement from Amazon will be sending the offices of many retail outlets into mayhem as they prepare for the impending arrival of what could disrupt the very foundation of Australia’s sales industry.
The online shopping behemoth issued a brief statement that shed no light on exactly when it will launch here, but it did confirm it will introduce its full range of services, including its new grocery business Amazon Fresh.
The company is planning to offer retailing business five years after the company launched its Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2012 and Kindle Store in 2013.
So quick are Australians in the online engagement with new products and services, particularly if they are comparatively cheaper and delivered reliably fast, business analysts say Amazon is assured of a significant share in the estimated annual $300 billion retail market.
Amazon Prime members can also access Prime Now, offering free delivery within two hours in certain locations.
Now that Amazon has been flagged off in the great continent nation, we’re excited about its growth in that market. Around March 22, when we looked up Amazon’s career section, we found 111 open positions in Sydney, 14 in Melbourne and 10 in Brisbane which, now, at the time of writing this article, reads 116, 11 and 9 in the three cities. It also sells physical and online books in Brazil.
“These will mainly be in regional areas because fulfilment is a lot harder in regional areas than in the cities”.
It’s not known whether the pricing will change for an Australian launch.
Amazon’s motto in relation to Australia is along the following lines: “Your margin is our opportunity”.
The speculation grew in recent months when Amazon posted more than 100 advertisements for jobs in Australia, and it has registered hundreds of trademarks in the country.