Look inside the new robot powered Amazon warehouse in Western Sydney

Look inside the new robot powered Amazon warehouse in Western


Take a look inside the new $500million robot-powered Amazon warehouse promising to provide Aussies with MUCH faster delivery of books, toiletries and toys

  • Amazon’s massive ‘robotic fulfillment’ warehouse is nearly complete in Sydney
  • Video from inside the vast space shows robots already zipping through shelves
  • The warehouse will provide 1,500 local jobs once up and running early next year
  • About 20million products will be housed at the 200,000sq m warehouse










The inner-workings of the southern hemisphere’s first robot powered Amazon facility have been revealed with the vast $500million project – stretching a size equal to 24 football fields – almost complete.

The sprawling warehouse at Kemps Creek in western Sydney will be Australia’s largest, covering 200,000sq m when doors open early next year.

Along with three storeys of autonomous robots zig-zagging between shelves as they fetch orders, the warehouse will also create more than 1,500 jobs for local warehouse workers.

The hi-tech robots will fetch items off of shelves (pictured) before delivering them to workers who pack the deliveries to be sent off

The hi-tech robots will fetch items off of shelves (pictured) before delivering them to workers who pack the deliveries to be sent off

The project is the second Amazon fulfillment centre in Western Sydney and the fifth around the country, but is the first to include the hundreds of robots which navigate using 38,000 QR codes imprinted on the concrete floor.

Footage from inside the facility shared to TikTok shows the robots, similar to industrial scale Roomba-style robot vacuum cleaners, already up and running carrying the yellow storage pods from one area to another as the system is tested. 

‘On the three warehouse levels, the entire centre area of the floorplan is fenced off – like a robot jail,’ said Trever Long from EFTM.com who was invited to take a look inside the warehouse.

‘If a hand reaches in alarms will sound and the small area around it shut down. It’s high tech security for the robots, offering safety for the staff.’ Mr Long added.

The robots will eventually zip under 37,000 of these storage pods, collecting smaller items of the 20million products held at the warehouse and deliver them to an ‘Amazon associate’ who then checks the order.

The robots (pictured) operate behind a fenced off area

Trevor Long at the new Amazon warehouse in western Sydney (pictured)

Trevor Long was invited inside the nearly complete warehouse and filmed the robots zig-zagging between shelves behind a fenced off area (pictured)

Amazon's new western Sydney facility stretches the size of 24 football fields (pictured: an artist's impression of the warehouse)

Amazon’s new western Sydney facility stretches the size of 24 football fields (pictured: an artist’s impression of the warehouse)

The items, such as books, jewelry, toiletries and toys are then placed on conveyor belts to be carried to the floor below were they are packed into boxes and labelled ready to be shipped out.

Conveyor belts – 14km of them in total winding throughout the warehouse – also carry the items up the the robotic floors after they arrive from wholesalers and are unpacked by warehouse staff. 

Construction started on the project in June 2020 with construction expected to be completed in well under 24 months. 

Amazon Australia’s director of operations Craig Fuller said the centre was necessary to meet the demand for online shopping in Australia.

About 14km of conveyor belts wind through the warehouse transporting items from one area to another (pictured)

About 14km of conveyor belts wind through the warehouse transporting items from one area to another (pictured)

The project will significantly reduce delivery times (pictured: left is NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian during the launch with Amazon's Country Manager Matt Furlong at centre and one of the robots used at the facility)

The project will significantly reduce delivery times (pictured: left is NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian during the launch with Amazon’s Country Manager Matt Furlong at centre and one of the robots used at the facility)

‘The Amazon Robotics fulfilment centre will more than double our operational footprint in Australia, enhance efficiency and safety for our associates while ultimately providing customers with wider selection and faster delivery,’ he said.

‘This investment will also benefit the 10,000 plus small & medium sized businesses who utilise Fulfilment By Amazon to seamlessly service customers across the country.’

The warehouse has the ability to pack orders 24/7 and is located next to the western Sydney international airport which is expected to be completed by 2026.

Amazon said the majority of the 1,500 positions would be permanent full time roles with subsidised healthcare and up to 20 weeks maternity pay.

The positions – along with warehouse workers – will include roles in HR, IT and robotics professionals to keep the centre running.

The warehouse has the ability to pack orders 24/7 and is located next to the western Sydney international airport which is expected to be completed by 2026

The warehouse has the ability to pack orders 24/7 and is located next to the western Sydney international airport which is expected to be completed by 2026



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