Hermes forecasts strong growth for peak season

Christmas 2019 is set to be Hermes UK’s ‘busiest peak period yet’, with projected volume increases of 14% and 12.8 million parcels set to be delivered in the first week of December alone.

Martijn de Lange, CEO at Hermes UK, said: “We started planning for the peak period at the start of the year, working with our longstanding and committed retail clients. This ensures we have the required additional capacity to deliver increased parcel volumes at this crucial time of the year, in turn allowing us to deliver a premium service for our customers and clients.

“As a growing business which has made significant investment in the past 12 months, we are confident this peak will once again be a resounding success.”

Ahead of the peak, in September Hermes announced it had completed the construction of its third sortation tier at the Midlands hub in Rugby. According to the delivery company it can now handle up to 2.5 million parcels per day. To manage this it has bought 1,000 new trailers and 3,200 scanning devices, and taken on 560 drivers, 7,000 couriers and 32 peak managers for the peak season. 

Hermes is to to to a seven-day-week delivery routine from now until January.


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