The Australian division of Amazon.com Inc. announced late on Monday that it would start taking orders on Tuesday. This announcement comes at a time when speculations have heightened concerning the launching date of Amazon in the world’s 12th economy. The news will also affect mortar and brick retailers who had hopes that their sales will be boosted during this holiday season.
The world’s largest e-commerce firm stated that it is looking to offer free shipping across the country for purchases that are above A$49 ($37.26). They further added that they have millions of products available in their store ranging from clothes, electronics to sporting materials.
The company’s manager in Australia Rocco Braeuniger while making a statement said that Amazon would eventually win the trust of shoppers in the country with time as they also plan to create thousands of jobs with time.
There have been registered sellers in Australia for long but they have previously been limited to just sending goods abroad. All that will change starting from Tuesday though as Amazon now has a warehouse in the country. This implies that longer waits for goods and extra shipping fees will be reduced for Australians.
Amazon has built a huge a massive warehouse in Melbourne, the busiest city in the country. The company hopes to reduce delivery time to just one day as Melbourne is home to four-fifths of the country’s population.
In their delivery offer, the company stated that it will reduce its delivery time to just three days in major cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Canberra while remote areas will have shipping days of 10 days.
To get your deliveries faster, shoppers will have to pay higher shipping fees.
Even though the orders would start on Tuesday, what time of the day it would start is still unknown. Amazon added that it would be introducing its prime services by the middle of next year as they aim to prove that geographical challenges wouldn’t be an issue to them.
The shares of retail companies in Australia have dropped ever since Amazon announced back in April that it would be launching its operations in the country.