Amazon Expands in Australia: What it Means for Retailers

May 2, 2017

Marketplaces Jennifer Hakim By Jennifer Hakim

With the huge news of Amazon finally announcing its upcoming launch in Australia, the question on every retailer’s lips is now to figure out what will be the impact of Amazon’s Australian expansion.

Amazon called for local retailers to join its global marketplace last week, confirming the roll out of its full retail offering down under for the next few years. But what does it actually mean for retailers? Fear not, we are here to answer your questions:

Expanding Opportunities

Joining Amazon actually means finally having access to the array of opportunities the marketplace giant offers. It is reported that Amazon is currently looking for a large distribution and fulfillment center in Australia, a sign it will offer the best of its services. Make the most of Amazon’s fulfillment options and services such as Amazon Marketplace, Amazon Prime Now, and eventually Amazon Pantry and Amazon Fresh for a bigger audience and optimum customer service. This is the opportunity to offer a compelling customer experience, and focus on customer centricity.

Growing Acceptance of Online Shopping

Amazon’s Australian arrival means the e-commerce market is ready for expansion, and that online shopping is becoming more of a cultural habit than it used to be.

Interesting Competition

Amazon could potentially lift struggling businesses and offer a breath of fresh air to retailers in need of extra capacity, resources and a larger audience. This also opens the door to new interesting competition, as brands offering unique products might be well placed to compete with Amazon. Amazon’s arrival only underlines the need to continually improve operations, regardless of the competition, and can only lead to a better quality of service and product for customers.

With 56% Australian adults telling Nielsen they will buy from Amazon when they launch, retailers cannot take the risk to miss such an opportunity. But what does it actually take to be successful on Amazon? It’s not just about listing: as the competition gets tougher, retailers need optimization and technologies such as Repricers, data & insights to help them continue to beat the competition. Invest in technology and an optimum retail infrastructure with future growth in mind is a key for success through Amazon.

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