Amazon’s Aussie Foray Brings Both Excitement and Fear
Following months of speculation that Amazon would soon be coming to Australia, the e-commerce giant has finally launched Amazon.com.au. The retailer now ships products such as electronics, clothes and footwear throughout Australia, in some cases offering more competitive prices than physical stores — a trend that has bolstered its popularity in the U.S.
Amazon enters Australia nearly two decades after founder Jeff Bezos launched the company in Seattle. As part of its launch strategy, the antipodean branch will focus on highlighting local vendors and offer free shipping on orders of more than 50 Australian dollars.
“By concentrating on providing a great shopping experience and by constantly innovating on behalf of customers, we hope to earn the trust and the custom of Australian shoppers in the years to come,” Amazon Australia said in a statement.
Mirroring concerns of many in the U.S., some Aussies worried that Amazon’s rise to prominence would sink physical stores.