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Online shoppers may soon start receiving their parcels more quickly with construction about to begin on Amazon’s new Queensland warehouse.

Online shoppers may soon start receiving their parcels more quickly with construction about to begin on Amazon's new Queensland warehouse.

Amazon is the world's largest online marketplace, well-known for its Kindle, fast shipping and wide variety of products from electronics to beauty and personal care.

Amazon arrives in Queensland

The new factory, located close to a major motorway and the airport, is the company's first footstep in the Sunshine State.

Speaking at a press conference this morning, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister for State Development Kate Jones confirmed the major business win.

Ms Palaszcuk said the global shopping giant's arrival was "wonderful" news for consumers as well as the local economy.

"It also means that Amazon products can get to customers quickly not just in Brisbane but right across Queensland," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"It's wonderful to welcome them here and I know there will be a lot of happy customers across Queensland."

"By having Amazon here we're going to see around 170 construction jobs between now and Christmas as this development gets expanded and also more importantly 200 ongoing jobs in the local community here," Ms Jones added.

Amazon Australia operations director Craig Fuller said the site would be operational before Christmas.

"The new fulfillment centre, which is the size of two rugby fields, will open before Christmas and will be the foundation of our Queensland operations," Mr Fuller said.

"The fulfillment centre will house more than half a million products and will enable faster delivery to Queensland homes."

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Ms Jones said Amazon's presence in Queensland would also expand the reach of local businesses.

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"We've seen through iso that more people are turning to online shopping than ever before. While Australia is still behind other countries - it's only around one in 10 households buying online - we saw a dramatic shift during COVID-19 with more people choosing to buy local produce online," she said.

"Last year Australians spent around $27 billion in online goods, so having Amazon here sends a very clear message to Queensland businesses to get their produce and their goods online so we can continue to support jobs throughout Queensland."

Just yesterday Amazon launched its alcohol delivery service in direct competition with Dan Murphy's, Coles and Woolworths.

Source: 9News

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