Amazon Australia has announced plans to open a second Melbourne fulfilment centre (FC) late next year.
According to the company, the new 37,000sqm facility in Ravenhall will more than double Amazon’s operational footprint in Victoria. It will also create around 300 jobs on completion.
Amazon says the FC will have the capacity to house up to six million items from Amazon.com.au. This includes health, household and personal care products, consumer electronics, books, clothing and pantry food and drink staples. In addition, the facility will be home to larger items such as flat screen TVs, cartons of soft drink and nappies, and gardening equipment.
Amazon Australia Director of Operations Craig Fuller says the company has invested significantly in its Victorian operations this year to ensure it can continue to improve delivery promises to customers in the state.
“Our investment in this new Melbourne fulfilment centre will benefit customers around Victoria, while creating hundreds of jobs for Melbournians in a safe work environment, with competitive pay at a time when they are needed most,” he says.
“This fulfilment centre will also provide additional capacity for Victorian-based small and medium sized businesses who utilise the Fulfilment By Amazon service to benefit from our expanded capability and seamlessly serve customers across the country.”
Amazon worked with Dexus to secure the strategic location for the fulfilment centre at the Horizon 3023 estate, a 127-hectare site located in an industrial precinct. The site adjoins the Caroline Springs train station and is close to the proposed Western Intermodal Freight Terminal.
Dexus has commenced works on the site and will ensure it meets Amazon’s specific requirements, supporting more than 200 construction jobs over the development and fit-out phase.