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Amazon releases details of Melbourne hub … Domino’s ditches the margherita … “Ghost” terminals stealing millions from credit cards

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Amazon is promising to bring “millions of dollars” of investment and provide thousands of new jobs when it launches in Australia, as the company’s Australian director today confirms details of its Melbourne fulfilment centre.

In an announcement this morning, the retail giant said it would start advertising for a range of roles for its Dandenong South hub, including human resources team members, pickers and packers and operations managers.

This is just the start. Over time, we will bring thousands of new jobs to Australia and millions of dollars of investment as well as opening up the opportunity for thousands of Australian businesses to sell at home and abroad through Amazon Marketplace,” Amazon’s director for Australian operations Robert Bruce said in a statement. 

It’s unclear when the fulfilment hub, and local online orders, will be officially up and running.

Domino’s ‘deletes’ margherita

Domino’s Pizza chief executive Don Meij has confirmed to news.com.au that the fast food operator’s new menu will see the margherita pizza removed in every state except Victoria.

Meij said a business can’t keep adding endless menu items without revising what’s already available, and explained “if pizzas don’t sell, they get deleted”.

However, it seems Melbourne is a “different” pizza market, and was an outlier when the company tracked sales of the classic vegetarian pizza option, and so the humble margherita gets to stay in one city alone.

Credit card fraud costs $543 million

Business owners are being warned that criminals are upping the ante on using “ghost” terminals to skim ATM details.

According to the ABC, the payments self-regulator the Australian Payments Network has warned losses from credit card fraud increased from $469 million in 2015, to $534 million in 2016, and the online retail boom isn’t helping matters.

The network says that while it might seem obvious, keeping card details private is paramount, while retail businesses should make sure they research the latest scams so they can protect customers.

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Emma Koehn

Emma Koehn is a former senior SmartCompany journalist.