It was rumoured before, and now Amazon has made it official. They’re buying a big warehouse down under, and they’re bringing their fast shipping options with it.
In a statement to the press this morning, Amazon announced that they were looking forward to bringing “low prices, vast selection, and fast delivery” to more Australians over the coming years.
According to an story from Business Insider (which is published by Allure Media, Kotaku Australia’s owner), Amazon is actively looking for its first Australian warehouse with around 93,000m2 of space.
Amazon’s retail offering for Australians could also kick off as early as July, although it’s not confirmed whether that would include their Amazon Prime Now offering. Amazon Prime Now will deliver items to customers within two hours for free, but you can pay an additional fee to receive items within an hour. Amazon Prime membership currently costs $US99 a year or £79 in the United Kingdom.
The retailer will initially concentrate on home electronics and consumer goods in Australia, although Amazon has been hiring people to work on an Australian iteration of Amazon Fresh, their grocery service, for over a year.