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Amazon Picks Melbourne as the Location For Its First Warehouse in Australia

Amazon Picks Melbourne as the Location For Its First Warehouse in Australia

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.

Wifi-equipped robots triple work efficiency at the warehouse of the world's largest online retailer

Wifi-equipped robots triple work efficiency at the warehouse of the world's largest online retailer

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.

On the Amazon Robotics Challenge, Warehouse Automation and Expired Oatmega Bars

On the Amazon Robotics Challenge, Warehouse Automation and Expired Oatmega Bars

Recently I was on the phone with a Target customer service supervisor, explaining that for the third time in a row, the Oatmega nutrition bars I ordered online had arrived past their expiration dates. If you haven’t heard of Oatmega bars, their nutritional content is thoroughly impressive, and the taste is pretty good, too (after all, it took three shipments of expired bars for me to stop buying them). But there’s one catch.

The bars become progressively harder to bite into as the expiration date approaches. They also contain fish oil, so the bars also taste progressively fishier. If you’re someone who isn’t fastidious on expiration dates, you can force yourself to eat the bars — as I tried — but then you risk breaking a tooth. This is one case where the expiration date allows no wiggle room.

Chinese ecommerce giant shows off its first ever ‘robot warehouse’

Chinese ecommerce giant shows off its first ever ‘robot warehouse’

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.