Amazon Australia’s first warehouse is up and running in eastern Melbourne, although we still don’t know when the company will start selling from it.
Business Insider reported in July that Dandenong South had been selected as the site for Amazon’s first Australian fulfillment centre. Now the first photos have emerged showing staff coming to work, busily preparing for launch day.
The car park welcomes “Amazonians” with a “It’s still day one!” sign:
This slogan has been regularly used by the company over more than 20 years to emphasise to staff and shareholders that it will always move with the times and never fall behind.
Staff and contractors seen in front of the warehouse area:
There is still construction work going on:
And some existing buildings are also fenced off for renovations:
Earlier this month, Amazon revealed it had already signed up 500 Australian businesses to sell on its local platform, as it invited merchants to its first Amazon Marketplace Seller Summit on November 13 in Sydney.
In April, when Amazon first confirmed it was opening an Australian arm, the web giant claimed it would bring many jobs and much economic activity to the country.
“We are 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 said.
“We are optimistic that by focusing on the things we believe customers value most — low prices, vast selection, and fast delivery — over time we’ll earn the business of Australian customers.”