Amazon will open its second distribution centre in Sydney’s west with plans to start operations in the second half of 2018.
The heavyweight online retailer has signed a lease for a 43,000sq m warehouse, owned by industrial property developer Goodman Group, in the south west suburb of Moorebank.
In a move that will also usher in jobs for locals, Amazon will begin recruiting staff across its operations at the 7-21 Centenary Avenue site for roles including operations, support and technical specialists.
The US-based company established its Australian presence in December last year with its 24,000sq m Melbourne warehouse in Dandenong South.
"Sydney represents another important development for our growth strategy in Australia, following a steady and progressive increase in customer demand," Amazon Australia operations director Robert Bruce said.
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“This investment will benefit both customers and the local economy by generating new jobs and providing small and medium sized Australian businesses who sell on amazon.com.au and use our Fulfilment by Amazon program, with an opportunity to more easily access millions of customers across the country.”
The company says it is expanding its Australian fulfilment centre network to meet customer demand, and increasing its product selection while supporting more third party marketplace sellers with Fulfilment by Amazon.
Sellers that sign up to FBA can send their products to either the Sydney or Melbourne facility for packing and shipping, with Amazon managing returns and customer service.
CBRE’s industrial and logistics team brokered the Moorebank deal.