Amazon jobs in Australia

Some future economic historian, or at least an honours student, will presumably write about what happened to Australian retailing between 2000 and, say, 2025, and chart how a lazy industry that exploited its customers' distance from, and ignorance of, other markets to gouge them was brought down by globalisation. The arrival of Amazon -- said to open today -- will be a key milestone. But it's only part of a much longer-term story that's about more than the internet.

Australian retailing was for a time around 2009-10 Australia's biggest employer, and still remains the second-biggest, with around 1.2 million full-time and part-time jobs. In recent years, however, it has been infected by a nasty mix of intensifying competition, technological change, weak consumer spending and the shift of spending away from retailing and managerial incompetence.