Amazon quietly hiring delivery workers for QLD venture

E-commerce giant Amazon has been recruiting workers in Queensland to join a new, and as-yet-unannounced, team in Australia since early 2016. The company has remained quiet about its ambitions for entering Australia, while it has offered cloud computing services for several years and maintains a domain with orders handled overseas, speculation about its apparent plans to enter has centred on unease for retailers currently operating in the country.
The jobs postings advertise positions working with a local arm of the company’s AmazonFresh grocery business. At present, there are 12 roles listed for the Brisbane-based venture, including several software development positions, down from over 100 roles advertised when news outlet Business Insider discovered the recruitment campaign this week.
Of the jobs found by Business Insider, the earliest posting appeared to have been put up as early as February 2016, though the recruitment drive appears to have been ramped-up in September and October.
“As a member of a team focused on innovation, you will responsible for building a system to support a new and confidential AmazonFresh initiative that will help revolutionise the grocery shopping experience,” said one now-removed listing for a software development engineer, with several of the listings calling for “experience taking a project from inception through launch.”
AmazonFresh has been available in the US since 2007 for US$14.99 per month for Amazon Prime members, and to-date it has only been launched in one other location, London, where it costs £6.99 for Prime members.
No Amazon Prime membership is currently available to Australia-based users of the site, though they have been able to subscribe to Prime Video since a surprise local launch in November 2016. The New Daily and the Australian Financial Review expect Amazon to launch the full gamut of its services – Prime, Prime Now and PrimeFresh – in late 2017, certainly no later than early 2018.

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