New logistics centre for Christmas business
Online shopping is flourishing – and given this, Hermes expects its Christmas business to be the best ever in volume terms. A forecast reckons that there will be 15% more shipments than at Christmas 2016, and up to 20% more on peak days. This equates to well over 2 million consignments per day.
In order to manage the rapidly growing number of parcels, Hermes is introducing its first ever limit on online traders’ volumes. The service provider is also phasing in two new logistics centres in Berlin and Mainz (both Germany), this month (November). The Mainz facility was opened at the end of September and is now beginning regular operations.
Given the predicted leap in parcel volumes, services at the second centre in Ketzin, near Berlin, have been brought forward to mid-November. Each site can process up to 25,000 shipments per hour, thus substantially raising regional capacities. On top of that, construction work on another new distribution centre in Hamburg is starting in mid-November.
The new location and the logistics platform that opened in May in Bad Rappenau form part of a EUR 300 million infrastructure programme. (mw)