Hermes is to build an automated parcel distribution hub at Rugby, which at £31 million, will be the largest single investment ever made by Hermes.
The 270,000 square foot Midlands hub will have the capacity to process up to 1.1 million parcels a day and will increase the company’s overall parcel processing capacity by 45 per cent, as well as creating more than 200 new permanent jobs.
CEO Carole Woodhead said: “As work begins at our new facility in Rugby, we are embarking on an exciting new chapter in the history of Hermes that will ensure we can continue to provide retailers with world class services and solutions. The hub’s enormous throughput capability and built in flexibility will help to future proof our business while also ensuring we are in the very best position to grow alongside our clients.”
Hermes is working with site developer Roxhill and contractor Winvic on construction of the hub. Work on the facility commenced earlier this week and the official opening is expected in August of next year.
Last year Hermes added a secondary sortation tier at its northern automated distribution hub in Warrington, which can now process up to one million parcels a day.