Amazon will open its first Australian fulfilment centre in Dandenong South.

In April Amazon confirmed it plans to bring its full retail offering to Australia and opening its 24,000 square metre fulfilment centre is the first big investment in the infrastructure needed to ramp up its ecommerce operations.

Last week Amazon launched its two-hour shipping service Prime Now in Singapore, marking another major investment in the region.

There’s currently no word on when the centre is opening, but the Seattle giant says it is in the process of recruiting for a range of roles, including operations managers, pickers, packers, systems technicians, and HR specialists.

UPDATE:We will commence hiring for the site immediately and make an announcement on the opening date in the future. Please stay tuned. People who are interested in a role should visit www.amazon.jobs,” an Amazon spokesperson told Which-50.

The new centre is located in the Pellicano’s M2 Industry Park in Dandenong South, providing easy access to the South Gippsland Highway, Monash Highway and Eastlink.

The lease of the centre was facilitated by CBRE’s Industrial & Logistics business.

“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 Robert Bruce, Amazon’s Director of Operations for Australia.

“We will be focusing on offering our Australian customers low prices on a great selection of products and can’t wait to get started.”

Amazon said it will create “hundreds of new roles” in new roles in Dandenong South.

“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,” Bruce said.

Amazon already has almost 1,000 employees in Australia, mostly employed at Amazon Web Services which launched locally in 2012.

“Amazon is the latest global company to choose Victoria for its Australian operations,” said Wade Noonan, Industry Minister for Victoria.

“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.”

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