U.S. retail giant Amazon.com unveiled the location of its first warehouse in Australia on Thursday, picking an industrial area outside Melbourne in a major step towards launching operations in the world's 12th-largest economy.
Australians can already buy Amazon products from offshore, but the prospect of an Amazon warehouse adds to pressure on traditional brick-and-mortar retailers to protect already-fragile sales.
An online retailer has opened the largest 'smart warehouse' in China manned by 60 cutting-edge robots. These Wifi-equipped, self-charging machines are responsible for moving goods in the warehouse. They send the goods to human workers, who then arrange the products to be packed and posted to customers around the world.
A Chinese tech giant has opened its first fully automated sorting center where robots and machines handle 9,000 online shopping orders per hour – with hardly a human in sight.
The brand-new facility, run by Alibaba arch-rival JD, does the work that would normally be done by 180 human sorters.
JD, which differentiates itself from Alibaba, China’s top ecommerce company, by being more like Amazon in supplying and handling many of its orders, employs 17,540 people at its other warehouses.