Amazon Australia said on Friday that it plans to open a second Melbourne fulfilment centre (FC) late next year. It will create 300 jobs on completion.
The new facility is currently under construction in Ravenhall, Melbourne and will more than double Amazon’s operational footprint in Victoria. The new fulfilment centre will be 37,000 square metres with capacity to house up to six million items from Amazon.com.au.
Amazon worked with Dexus to secure the strategic location for the fulfilment centre at the Horizon 3023 estate, a 127-hectare site located in a West Melbourne industrial precinct which adjoins the Caroline Springs train station and is close to the proposed Western Intermodal Freight Terminal. Dexus has commenced works on the site, supporting more than 200 construction jobs over the development and fit-out phase. The lease for the centre was facilitated by CBRE’s Industrial & Logistics business.
“We have invested significantly in our Victorian operations this year to ensure we 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. 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,” said Craig Fuller, Director of Operations, Amazon Australia.
Amazon has also invested in the expansion of its logistics network in Victoria this year, with the opening of two Melbourne Delivery Stations in Mulgrave and Melbourne Airport’s business park.
Minister for Economic Development Tim Pallas said, “Amazon’s investment in a second fulfilment centre will bring hundreds of jobs to the western suburbs of Melbourne, providing local employment opportunities in suburban growth areas. We welcome this investment as a clear indicator of confidence in the state and attracting investment from significant global companies, such as Amazon, is critical to drive our economic recovery.”
Dexus’s Chief Investment Officer, Ross Du Vernet, said: “We are pleased to be able to support Amazon’s growth in Australia. Horizon 3023 is a unique precinct offering world class logistics and warehousing solutions for customers. The public transport and high-quality amenity in the precinct are appealing to customers who are focused on their employees.”