At the opening of its Marketplace Seller Summit in Sydney on 13 November, the company announced that its Australian warehouse operations are kitted out and ready to go, with an official launch of the full Amazon site expected soon, in time for the Christmas rush.
Channel News reports that Amazon executives shared their belief that their arrival in Australia will drive sales for Australian manufacturers.
Roco Braeuniger, CEO, Amazon Australia, noted that the company will not sacrifice “long-term success for short term gains.”
“We intend to invest millions of dollars in the market and we will create hundreds of jobs,” he said, Channel News shared.
Fabio Bertola, responsible for Amazon’s local Marketplace operation and Italian operations, hinted at an imminent announcement.
“We are here today to help Australians get the best,” he said. “We are launching with both a retail and marketplace operation shortly. In Australia there is a lot of small businesses that we can engage with and we believe that we can deliver a global marketplace for these businesses.”
At the event, executives from Koala Safe – which already operates globally on Amazon – reportedly said that they expect the arrival of Amazon in Australia to result in 15 per cent growth, and added that Amazon Australia was looking at a two-day turnaround in freight delivery.