E-commerce giant Amazon has announced it will open a new sorting centre in Melbourne - the first of its kind in Australia - enhancing delivery speed for customers in Victoria and around the country.
Construction of the 15,600 sqm sorting centre (nearly the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground oval which is 17,720 sqm) has commenced in Craigieburn, generating more than 700 construction jobs.
Once finished, Amazon says the site at Goodman Group’s (ASX: GMG) Amaroo Business Park will create around 200 local jobs, ranging from entry level sorting positions, through to human resources and team leader jobs.
Amazon Australia director of operations Craig Fuller said the new centre in Melbourne, which is where already picked and packed orders are sorted by final destination and shipped to customers, signifies the company’s commitment to the state.
“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,” Fuller said.
“Opening our first sort centre in Melbourne signifies further our commitment to the state. It will create around 200 new local jobs for Melbourne ranging from entry level positions with on-the-job training to roles in IT, HR, and operations, all working in a safe and supportive environment, with competitive pay.
“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.”
The Craigieburn Sort Centre is Amazon's fifth operations site in Melbourne, supporting 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.
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