This robotics facility at Kemps Creek will be Amazon’s second FC in Western Sydney, and sixth in Australia, increasing our capacity to fulfil customer orders around the country when it opens early next year.
The fulfilment centre, located at Goodman and Brickworks’ Oakdale West Industrial Estate in Kemps Creek, spans 200,000 square metres across four levels, which is around the land size of Taronga Zoo or 24 rugby league fields!
More than 4,000 people have worked on the construction and fit out of the site which included installation of around 14 kilometres of advanced conveyancing equipment and 2.5 kilometres of Amazon Robotics safety fencing.
Approximately 37,000 yellow storage pods have been built to house up to 20 million of the smaller items sold on our website including jewelry, books, electronics, pantry items and toys, and hundreds of robotics drives have been commissioned, ready to assist employees fulfil customer orders.
The robotics will work collaboratively with our workers by moving the pods of inventory to them, reducing the time and effort that would otherwise be required for the worker to stow items for sale or pick them for new customer orders. They also save space, allowing for 50 per cent more items to be stowed per square metre which in turn allows for increased product selection.
“The opening of this site will double our operational footprint in Australia while creating more than 1,500 local jobs in Western Sydney, with the opportunity to work alongside advanced robotics to deliver the ultimate in service for customers. The introduction of robotics enables us to exponentially increase our capacity for storing inventory, providing additional opportunities for the thousands of small and medium sized Australian businesses we support, while increasing product selection and improving delivery speed for our customers around the country”
When it opens, the FC will offer a diverse range of job opportunities ranging from IT, HR and robotics professionals, to associates who will work collaboratively with the robotics, to pick, pack and ship items to customers. Hiring has already started for the site, including the promotion and transfer of around 130 existing employees from our fulfilment centre in Moorebank. The majority of jobs at the Amazon Robotics site will be available next year and can be found at amazon.com/australiajobs.
“We’re pleased to offer quality employment opportunities for people in Western Sydney in a safe and positive work environment, at a time when they are needed most. Along with specialised positions in areas like robotics, we have a range of roles that don’t require formal qualifications and provide an opportunity to work alongside advanced technology and build a career at Amazon. We’re excited to welcome people from all backgrounds and experiences to our team in the new year,” Mr Fuller continued.
Goodman has collaborated with TNSW to provide greater public transport connectivity to the estate including a regular bus service – now operational - from St Mary’s train station, and invested $150 million in improvements to local infrastructure around Oakdale West, home of the Amazon Robotics site.
Jason Little, CEO Australia at Goodman, said, “Since commencement of Amazon’s site, more than 4,000 construction workers have been inducted to build and develop one of the most technologically advanced fulfilment centres in Australia. Our developments continue to increase in scale, providing essential infrastructure for the digital economy – from roads and transport, to local employment and innovative technology for supply chain efficiency.”
Amazon worked with Goodman Group and its JV partner Brickworks to secure the site and Goodman is managing development of the facility.