Amazon says it is bringing retail shopfront service to Australia

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The distribution centre is tipped to be in Melbourne or Sydney. There's been no decision on which city headquarters will be in, according to Fairfax.

"The next step is to bring a retail offering to Australia, and we are making those plans now", Amazon said in a statement, adding that it already has almost 1,000 employees in the country.

"The next step is to bring a retail offering to Australia and we are making those plans now", Amazon said in a statement.

The official announcement from Amazon will be sending the offices of many retail outlets into mayhem as they prepare for the impending arrival of what could disrupt the very foundation of Australia's sales industry.

"Sales through Amazon Marketplaces now represent 50 percent of all items sold on Amazon websites globally".

It is also hunting for a fulfilment centre spanning nearly 100,000 square metres in either Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

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.

Amazon say that their next aim is to strengthen Australia's small businesses as well as boosting the local economy as they look to bolster their employment numbers to ensure their transition into the Australian market.

Following months of speculation and rumours, Amazon has officially confirmed it will enter the Australian Market.

Amazon has already criticised a tax plan designed to help bricks-and-mortar retailers such as Harvey Norman, saying a plan to impose the good and services tax on online purchases was so poorly designed it would "create an inherent disincentive" for online retailers to comply. Along with this, Amazon Marketplace will attempt to rival the popularity of eBay and Gumtree as Australia's go-to for selling off their unwanted exercise bikes and CD collections. That's good news for consumers, but likely to be highly disruptive to existing Australian online businesses.

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