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Meeting increasing consumer demands for next day deliveries
Hermes has completed the construction of a secondary sortation tier at its fully automated distribution hub in Warrington, providing the capability to process up to one million parcels a day. The purpose built, 15,000 m2 Warrington hub was initially opened in May 2014, costing £14.0 million and representing the largest single investment by Hermes in its history. The second tier, which has cost a further £10.0 million, allows Hermes to continue to support retailers that are witnessing significant growth in online sales, especially during peak periods.
Hermes has also announced it will be creating an additional 400 jobs during the peak period to support its Warrington operation.
The second tier project commenced in January and was completed on time and to budget, with work being carried out during the evenings to prevent day-to-day operations being affected. The additional capacity at Warrington will play a key role in plans for further international growth and the increasing requirement from UK consumers to receive next day deliveries.
Most significantly, the investment allows Hermes to ensure that its operations can be easily and efficiently scaled up and down upon demand, whilst being equipped with the necessary infrastructure to cope with growing volumes during longer periods of intense activity.