Amazon opening first Australian sort centre

Amazon Australia has announced it will open its first dedicated sort centre in Australia at Goodman Group’s new Amaroo Business Park in Melbourne’s Craigieburn this year.

This will be the American company’s fifth fulfilment centre in Victoria. It says it will help to deliver items more quickly to customers around the state and the country as well as generate 200 new local jobs.

The roles will range from entry-level positions that will involve sorting customer orders to specialist roles including human resources, workplace health and safety and team leader positions.

“We chose Melbourne as the home of our first Australian fulfilment centre in 2017 and have continued to invest significantly in Victoria, providing employment for hundreds of Melburnians and improving delivery promises for our customers,” Craig Fuller, Director of Operations at Amazon Australia says.

“Opening our first sort centre in Melbourne signifies further our commitment to the state,” he adds.

He also notes it will be a safe and supportive work environment, and the jobs will come with a competitive pay rate.

Amazon says building of the 15,600 sqms sort centre, which is nearly the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground oval, has started and generated more than 700 construction jobs.

Its sort centres are where already-picked-and-packed customer orders are sorted by final destination and then consolidated and shipped to last mile sites for delivery to customers.

“We know the past few years have been tough for Melburnians, and we’re grateful to have had the opportunity to support our Victorian customers by helping them get the items they need delivered to their homes and supporting thousands of small and medium-sized Australian businesses in reaching their customers more efficiently,” Craig says.

Amazon says the Craigieburn location for the sort centre is well positioned for workers in Melbourne’s north and for transporting and delivering customer orders.

“Continued investments by international companies like Amazon sends strong signals that Victoria is open for business and is strategic location to invest, expand to drive for more jobs and economic opportunity,” Tim Pallas, Treasurer of Victoria says.

Amazon notes the sort centre will support the company’s existing fulfilment and logistics network in Victoria, which includes fulfilment centres in Dandenong South and Ravenhall, and Amazon Logistics sites in Tullamarine and Mulgrave.

“We are helping grow jobs in one of Melbourne’s fastest growing regions to improve regional prosperity and ensure more local families can find quality work options close to home,” Ros Spence, Member for Yuroke says.

For more information on Amazon Australia, click here.

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