Love or hate Amazon (Gerry Harvey is in the latter camp) it is down under with a massive 24, 000 square metre fulfilment warehouse in Melbourne’s Dandenong South.
And it is not going away despite reports of lacklustre sales, less than competitive prices, being infested with fake goods, and botched deliveries – ah, Gerry’s publicity machine at work again!
Let face it – before its investment here (with a Sydney warehouse also scheduled soon, so it creates, even more, jobs) a lot of Aussies shopped at Amazon.com. The difference now – add a .AU to the address and you can use your existing US account too.
Online shoppers are a savvy lot, well apart from those that have their credit card details ripped off by fake stores, so Amazon is a far safer bet.
“In the run-up to Christmas, it is not surprising to see video games featuring prominently in the top ten. Outside of the top ten, Australians have been buying everything from daily essentials, including nappies and socks, to bigger purchases such as wearable tech and cameras,” said Rocco Braeuniger, Country Manager of Amazon Australia.
“We focus on the Australian customer and long-term success. With this in mind we continue to work hard to deliver great customer experience and fast delivery; and to provide customers with an ever-increasing selection of products at low prices,” he added.