The Australian retail marketplace is in for a huge shake-up.

Amazon is preparing to operate an online store in Australia, offering the country’s consumers access to more categories. Amazon already sells Kindle e-books and readers, Audible audiobooks, and online shoppers can also download apps, but this move will bring “a retail offering to Australia,” according to the e-retailer.

This will be welcome news for Australian shoppers who previously ordered other merchandise categories on Amazon’s Marketplace — a global marketplace for third-party sellers. Currently, more than 1,000 Australian companies sell their wares on the platform.

However, this service forced shoppers to wait nine to 12 days for orders arriving with standard shipping, and pay hefty shipping rates, according to The Seattle Times.

Rumors have been swirling about the possibility of Amazon entering…