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GLOBAL shopping giant Amazon will set up shop in Brisbane, the State Government has announced.
Speaking at a press conference this morning, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister for State Development Kate Jones confirmed the major business win for the state which would create up to 200 jobs.
Construction on the multimillion-dollar fulfilment centre would commence straight away, the Premier said, with 170 jobs to be created in the short-term, while an additional 200 jobs would be on offer once the facility was up and running.
Located at Goodman’s Port Industry Park in Lytton, in the city’s east, the fulfilment centre will be the same size as two rugby league fields.
It is expected to be operational before Christmas.
Local sellers who use Fulfilment By Amazon will be able to send their goods to the facility where it will then be packed and shipped to the buyer.
It will house more than half a million items from Amazon.com.au ranging from health, household and personal care products, to electronics, books, gardening equipment and pantry staples.
A high proportion of the items at the Brisbane hub will be the products Queenslanders most commonly purchase from Amazon, ensuring the most popular items are closer to customers and can be delivered more quickly.
Ms Palaszczuk the project would be key to the state’s recovery following the coronavirus crisis.
She said it was good news there were no locally acquired cases but reminded people who were feeling sick to stay at home.
There have been 1063 coronavirus cases statewide, with four active cases remaining.