New Amazon robotic warehouse to 'enhance efficiency and safety'

An artist's impression of the Amazon building.
An artist's impression of the Amazon building.

Amazon Australia Director of Operations Craig Fuller said their new robotics fulfilment centre at Kemps Creek will "more than double" their operational footprint in Australia.

The online retailer announced their new storage and distribution centre will be located in the Oakdale West Industrial Estate and will aim to deliver packages to NSW residents and beyond by Christmas 2021. The building will complement Amazon Australia's fulfilment centre at Moorebank.

The fulfilment centre, which will create more than 2000 jobs, will be equipped with advanced robotic technology to assist employees and serve customers including robots to help speed order processing time by moving shelves to employees. Associates will work collaboratively with robots, to pick, pack and ship smaller items such as books, beauty products, electronics and toys to customers.

With the ability to operate 24/7, the almost 200,000 square metre, four level facility is expected to be the largest 'fulfilment centre' built in Australia and house up to 11 million items.

Amazon Australia Director of Operations Craig Fuller.

Amazon Australia Director of Operations Craig Fuller.

"The Amazon Robotics fulfilment centre will more than double our operational footprint in Australia, enhance efficiency and safety for our associates while ultimately providing customers with wider selection and faster delivery," Mr Fuller said.

"This investment will also benefit the 10,000 plus small and medium sized businesses who utilise Fulfilment By Amazon to seamlessly service customers across the country.

"We remain committed to enriching and giving back to the local communities and look forward to working with the council and local schools and groups to contribute and support the community around our new facility in a meaningful way."

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the commitment by one of the world's leading multinationals highlights western Sydney's growing stature as a "strong investment destination."

"The construction and operation of this centre will deliver far-reaching benefits for the people and businesses of NSW, including more than 2000 jobs at time when we need them most," Ms Berejiklian said.

The Oakdale West Industrial Estate.

The Oakdale West Industrial Estate.

The Centre - which gives access to the new Western Sydney International (Nancy Bird-Walton) Airport - will complement the various advanced manufacturing, aerospace and defence industries developing around the nearby Aerotropolis.

Stuart Ayres, the Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, said NSW consumers will benefit from a more efficient delivery and supply chain.

"It supports our strategy to foster new sources of growth through Innovation Precincts including the Western Sydney Aerotropolis," Mr Ayres said.

"It will also help build our local e-commerce sector, giving small and medium-sized businesses access to Amazon's packing, shipping, customer service and returns capabilities, along with easier access to millions of customers across Australia and the world."

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said: "Creating jobs and boosting business is the most important thing we can do right now, and this project means work for hundreds of people both during construction and when it opens."

Construction has already begun on the Amazon Robotics fulfilment centre which will require 13,500 tonnes of Australian steel - 3000 tonnes more than the steel used in ANZ Stadium.

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