Thanks to globalization, a lot of online retailers can ship to pretty much most parts of the world. Amazon is one of them, although admittedly the company’s shipping rates can sometimes be a bit pricey, which is why there are many customers who are hoping for Amazon to launch a localized version for their market/country.
So far we’ve seen Amazon expand to Southeast Asia through Singapore, and now it looks like Oceania could be next. According to emails seen by CNET, it looks like Amazon will be expanding to Australia and it could be as soon as this month. The report claims that Amazon has sent emails to various third-party sellers and are asking them to get their products online and ready to be sold by “mid-November”, with plans to hopefully launch by Black Friday.
A couple of CNET’s sources have confirmed that this is indeed the company’s plan, which is to go live by Black Friday, but it seems that these plans could change depending on whether or not they can get everything up and running in time. This seems to have been previously hinted at by Amazon Australia country manager Rocco Braeuniger, where he took to the stage at an Amazon Seller Summit in Sydney and said that the company would be launching “really, really soon”.
This should be good news for Australians (and potentially those in New Zealand as well), but until it has been officially launched, maybe don’t get your hopes up just yet.