• Amazon's Melbourne distribution centre was the first in Australia. (Image: Amazon)
    Amazon's Melbourne distribution centre was the first in Australia. (Image: Amazon)

In a sign of the growing e-commerce market, Amazon is opening its third fulfilment centre in Australia – its first on the west coast.

The new facility in Perth’s Airport Business Precinct, set to open by the end of the year, will enable Amazon to deliver products more quickly to customers in Western Australia.

“This expansion represents the investment and development of our growth strategy in Australia, following a steady and progressive increase in customer demand.

“This new facility builds on the capabilities of our first two fulfilment centres in Melbourne and Sydney, allowing us to continue to fulfil our commitment to fast and reliable deliveries for customers across the country.

“We strongly believe that this further investment will benefit both customers and the local economy and give Western Australian customers quicker delivery of high demand items,” he said.

Councillor Phil Marks, mayor of the City of Belmont, said Amazon’s move would be a win for the local economy.

“We are excited that Amazon has chosen the City of Belmont as the location for their first fulfilment centre in Western Australia.

“We look forward to Amazon’s contribution to local jobs close to where they live, and working with Amazon as a partner in the local community.”

Following its Australian launch in 2017 with its first fulfilment centre in Dandenong South, Melbourne, the company opened up a second centre in Moorebank, Sydney, in August 2018. It now supplies Australian consumers with 125 million products across 25 countries.

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