Hermes has completed the construction of a secondary sortation tier at its fully automated distribution hub in Warrington, UK, announcing the capability to now process up to one million parcels a day during peak periods.
The purpose built, 15,000 sq m Warrington hub was initially opened in May 2014, costing £14m and representing the largest single investment by Hermes in its history. The second tier, which has cost a further £10m, allows Hermes to continue to support retailers in online sales, especially during peak periods.
According to the announcement, the investment allows Hermes to ensure that its operations can be scaled up and down upon demand, whilst being equipped with the necessary infrastructure to cope with growing volumes during longer periods of intense activity.
Martijn de Lange, COO at Hermes, said, “With the significant growth in e-commerce, and the emergence of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the supply chain industry remains under continual pressure to increase capacity. This additional investment will ensure that retailers can continue to have full confidence in Hermes’ ability to provide exceptional levels of service at all times, especially during the upcoming peak season, and for many years to come.”
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