Amazon warehouse in Craigieburn: Melbourne facility will be the size of 11 MCG and create 2,000 jobs with robots working alongside human staff
- Amazon prepares to build another megastore
- It will be the largest warehouse in Australia
- $4.8 billion facility is set to employ 2000 people
Amazon has revealed where it intends to build Australia’s largest warehouse with the facility operated by a fleet of robots.
The automated fulfillment center will be built on a site in Craigieburn, north Melbourne, with the facility due to open in 2025.
It will be the largest warehouse in the country, with a size equivalent to 11 MCG and five times the size of Federation Square in Melbourne.
The four-story facility will be built on a mammoth 209,000 square meter lot and will cost $8.4 billion to build.
Amazon Australia chief executive Janet Menzies said the latest installation is another sign of the strength of the company’s presence in Australia.
Amazon will have another warehouse in Australia, and the latest ‘fulfillment center’ will be Australia’s largest warehouse at 11 MCG in size.
“It really says that Australia is a very important market for Amazon and we are really encouraged by the consumer reaction to our offer,” said Ms Menzies.
“I am very excited about the opportunity this will create for new jobs.”
Daily Mail Australia contacted Amazon for comment.
The facility is expected to employ 2,000 people across all center operations.
The world’s largest retailer has invested heavily in its Australian operations.
According to findings from investment group Jarden, the US company will be worth $5.5 billion in the Australian retail market by 2024.
Amazon already operates six facilities known as “fulfillment centers” in Australia, with the company unveiling its latest center in April 2022.
The western Sydney facility currently stocks 20 million smaller items across the warehouse on a site slightly smaller than the yet-to-be-built hub in Melbourne.
Ms Menzies said Amazon’s latest expansion would also be a boost for companies in delivering their products to customers.
The robots will work alongside human employees with machines tasked with picking stock from across the warehouse.
The huge warehouse will store up to 25 million products and is expected to employ 2,000 people in a facility that will be run by buying robots.
Amazon has rapidly expanded its operations in Australia since setting up shop in December 2017, then opened six warehouses and now sells 200 million products.
The staff will then prepare the packages to send to your customers.
‘Instead of the partner going to the items, the items go to the partner. That helps speed up (increase) order processing time,” said Ms. Menzies.
‘Our customers value fast and free delivery and building sites like this closer to where they live and work allows us to continue to deliver on our delivery promises.
This state-of-the-art, multi-million dollar logistics hub is an exciting investment in Victoria and an investment in jobs for North Melbourne.
“At our Australian robotics site, at least four people interact with each customer order before it leaves the building on its way to customers.”
The company is rapidly dominating Australia’s online shopping and retail market, overtaking popular Australian retailers.
The retailer’s sales are estimated at $2.6 billion, three times the value of Kogan.com.
It has increased its product range by 60 percent to 200 million items in 31 product categories.