AMAZON AUSTRALIA’S PURPOSE-BUILT FULFILMENT CENTRE IN PERTH OPENS IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
- Increases Amazon’s Western Australian operational footprint by 60% to meet growing customer demand
- Increases storage capacity in the state by 500%, improving selection and delivery times for Perth customers
PERTH – 3 November 2023 – Today, Amazon Australia celebrates the official opening of its $70 million fulfilment centre (FC) in Jandakot, with Member for Jandakot, Yaz Mubarakai and Mayor of Cockburn, Logan Howlett, cutting the ribbon to open the new facility. The site expands Amazon’s storage capacity in the state by 500%, growing product selection, and improving delivery outcomes for WA customers by increasing the proportion of items that can be shipped directly from Perth to local residents.
The state-of-the-art site located in the Jandakot Airport Commercial Precinct is more than double the size of the company’s previous Perth Airport FC, which it has replaced, and offers a diverse range of job opportunities in an industry-leading workplace. The site is home to more than 225 jobs, including 125 roles filled by existing team members who transferred from the previous site and more than 100 new local jobs for the local area.
Spanning more than 20,000 square metres – around the same size as the WACA Ground – the FC has capacity to house more than three million items sold on the Amazon.com.au store, including small-to-medium items like health, household and personal care products, consumer electronics, books, clothing and pantry food and drink staples, and larger items like flat screen TVs, cartons of soft drink and nappies and gardening equipment.
Commenting on the significance of the new site for Perth customers and small businesses, Amazon Australia Country Manager, Janet Menzies says, “We’re thrilled to open our new purpose-built fulfilment centre in Perth, investing further in the state to grow our footprint and provide quality job opportunities.
“Since we launched Amazon.com.au, we’ve been committed to offering customers great value, wide selection and fast delivery, and this new fulfilment centre helps us deliver even more on this promise for customers in Western Australia. Many Perth Prime members have already experienced next-day delivery on an Amazon order, and our investment in this site will increase the selection of items that can be shipped directly to local customers more quickly.
“We are proud to support thousands of small-and-medium-sized Australian businesses, and the addition of this FC to our network provides even more opportunities for local businesses to better serve their customers in WA and around Australia.”
The new site will also contain a Disaster Relief Hub, storing thousands of essential items including toiletry bags for adults and children, as well as clean-up kits. This new Hub expands the capacity of Amazon’s Disaster Relief program in Western Australia, following the launch of Amazon’s Disaster Relief Hub at its Perth logistics site in April, and ensures essential supplies are available for immediate dispatch to those affected by natural disasters and extreme weather events in Western Australia. In an emergency, Amazon’s non-profit partners Foodbank, Australian Red Cross and St Vincent de Paul Society can pick up the relief items and deliver them directly to affected communities, or Amazon can ship directly into disaster zones as required.
As part of Amazon’s commitment to be net-zero carbon across its business by 2040, the building will include a number of energy efficiency features:
- A 1.5MW solar panel system on the roof. Once operational, it is expected to generate up to 80% of the site’s energy needs.
- Automatic, water efficient sanitary fixtures and fittings to reduce mains water consumption.
- Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) is controlled by a building management system (BMS) that ensures a comfortable working environment for employees at the same time as reducing unnecessary energy consumption.
- LED lighting adjusts according to natural light availability and building occupancy, and indoor air quality is constantly monitored.
Member for Jandakot, Yaz Mubarakai, says, “This is exciting news!! Amazon has built a massive distribution centre right here at Jandakot Airport. The site has created more than 100 new local jobs, in addition to the 125 roles filled by existing team members who transferred from the previous site at Perth Airport.
“As we know online platforms are now an essential part of our daily lives, and we rely on those services to provide efficiency in delivery times. Hence, this fulfilment centre has capacity to house over three million items sold on Amazon.com.au, spanning more than 20,000 square metres – around the same size as the WACA and improving delivery outcomes for WA customers by increasing the proportion of items that can be shipped directly from Perth to local residents.
“This centre will provide much needed support for thousands of small and medium size Australian businesses and provide even more opportunity for local WA businesses to better serve their customers in and around Australia.”
Mayor of Cockburn Logan Howlett, says, “Cockburn is open for business. Amazon Australia’s decision to establish its fulfilment centre in Jandakot is a reflection of Cockburn’s reputation as an attractive place to invest, a place of opportunity.”
“As a City, we make it our business to encourage and support the establishment of innovative commercial enterprises that provide employment and skills opportunities for our local workforce.
“Cockburn is home to more than 9,200 businesses, providing 55,000 jobs, around 30 per cent of the employment for Perth’s south-west metro area, and generating almost $6 billion in domestic and international exports.
“This purpose-built fulfilment centre which features technology to support staff with efficient storage and retrieval systems, is a fantastic, cutting-edge addition to our community.”
The Jandakot FC in Perth builds on Amazon’s Logistics site in Kewdale to further support local businesses selling in the Amazon.com.au store, offering customers great value, selection and fast delivery. Since 2011, Amazon has invested more than A$15 billion across all of its businesses in Australia, including more than A$5 billion in 2022 alone.