Amazon says it is bringing retail shopfront service to Australia

Amazon Seeks Australian Warehouse to Open Fulfillment Center, Boost Retail

Amazon is coming to Australia - ripples to hit NZ

The confirmation comes on the back of a number of different leaks regarding Amazon have come forth including Amazon shopping for physical locations for their massive warehouses here in Australia, which SMH reported on past year.

Amazon has today confirmed what every Australian retailer has been fearing for years.

Amazon has broken its silence over an impending move to Australian shores, which is expected to shake up competition among domestic retailers.

Amazon launched its web service in Australia in 2012, then its Kindle store in 2013.

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 Web Services launched an Australian region in 2012, we launched a Kindle Store on Amazon.com.au in 2013, and we now have nearly 1,000 employees in the country", the statement reads.

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 93,000m of space.

Amazon's distribution centre is tipped to be in either Melbourne or Sydney. Credit Suisse forecasts Amazon will achieve a market share of more than 5 per cent in many parts of the Australian retail sector within five years of opening.

The proposed new warehouse will create several hundred new jobs. Thousands of Australian businesses sold products on existing Amazon Marketplaces in other countries, it added.

While Amazon Australia might not immediately stock everything it sold in the U.S., it would certainly mean lower delivery charges and shorter waiting times for many items for Kiwi customers, he said.

Retail NZ spokesman Greg Harford said Amazon's arrival in Australia would be a big issue for New Zealand firms and "put Amazon in a much stronger position especially because they won't pay tax".

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