Hermes has officially opened its new £14 million purpose built, 15,000 square metre parcel distribution hub in Warrington as a key part of its international expansion plans.
It is the largest single investment by Hermes in its history. Hermes chief executive Carole Woodhead said: “Its massive throughput capability and built in flexibility will allow us to meet any changing requirements they might have, such as later assured collection cut off times and a higher proportion of next-day delivery.
“It will also give us room to continue to grow our business as we take advantage of the continuing surge in online shopping.”
The hub has a capacity of around 550,000 parcels a day and has created 60 new jobs.
The site has a purpose built state-of-the-art automated scanner with a capacity to process 20,000 parcels per hour.
The new automated sortation hub will mean all hub operations can loose load or containerise parcels using a standard fleet. Hermes anticipates this will dramatically reduce empty running and take vehicles from the road.
Woodhead said: “With the continued growth of e-commerce, the supply chain industry remains under constant pressure each year to maximise capacity. Hermes has placed innovation at the heart of its business to satisfy the evolving needs of the increasingly demanding customer.”