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Amazon ‘making plans’ for Australian entry

Amazon has confirmed to Business Insider it is ‘making plans now’ to bring a retail offering to Australia.

In a brief statement, Amazon said it is ‘excited to bring thousands of new jobs to Australia, millions of dollars in additional investment, and to empower small Australian businesses through Amazon Marketplace’.

The company gave no indication of the timing or extent of its planned retail operation in Australia. Business Insider, in which Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ personal investment company has a minority stake, reported that it understands some of the retail offering could be available from July. 

Business Insider also reported that the retailer is looking for the ‘first of many’ sites for a fulfilment centre, with floor space of up to 93,000 square metres, in either Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne.

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, a former Former Amazon global logistics senior manager told Fairfax earlier this year that the retailer planned to be ‘fully operational’ in Australia by the end of 2018.


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