Global online retail powerhouse Amazon has begun work on a fulfilment centre in Brisbane. The Amazon Brisbane fulfilment centre will be up and running by Christmas this year.
For the world’s largest e-commerce retailer, naming your warehouse a fulfilment centre is literal. They are warehouses that fulfil customer orders. When complete, the Brisbane centre will create 200 jobs picking, packing, and sending orders. The Brisbane centre will join Amazon’s existing warehouses in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.
The massive new multi-million-dollar hub will be almost as big as two Rugby League fields and stock more than half a million items. Leveraging data from existing Queensland customers, the centre will house items already popular with locals for fast delivery.
Local sellers will soon be able to stock the Brisbane fulfilment centre with their wares. Amazon Australia’s Director of Operations Craig Fuller said the Brisbane fulfilment centre will provide great selection, value and convenience to local shoppers.
“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,” Mr Fuller said.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the project will also create more than 170 jobs during construction.
Fulfilment with a focus on Jobs
“As the state recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, Amazon’s commitment is a clear indicator of its confidence in our economic recovery. I’m proud that my government is playing a key role in facilitating their investment in Queensland,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“We are 100 per cent focused on getting Queensland working again and that’s why I’ve directed my Ministers to fast-track projects that will create jobs for Queenslanders as part of our Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs plan.”
The Premier said lifestyle patterns and purchasing behaviours have changed significantly. Throughout the global pandemic a lot of Queensland businesses focused their attentions online.
“There is no doubt the ‘stay at home economy’ has grown significantly in the past few months,” the Premier said.
According to aboutamazon.com, the E-tail giant operates more than 175 fulfillment centres around the world. The Brisbane centre marks a significant expansion and investment in Brisbane after launching amazon.com.au in 2017.