- 19 May 2020
- Transport / Logistics Services
Thanks to the pandemic economic conditions causing a spike in demand, Hermes is to open its new Nottingham depot a month early.
The Hermes Nottingham depot will create more than 100 jobs and is located just off J26 of the M1 motorway. It is expected to handle more than 100,000 parcels a day.
The Panattoni Park depot is 75,719 square foot building has a capacity to handle up to 120,000 parcels per day and is to open in line with the new health & safety measures associated with the pandemic.
At the same time Hermes has added a dedicated returns centre at its hub in Rugby and has upgraded its Nuneaton facility – that it normally only uses during the Christmas peak season.
Jon Ormond, operations director, hubs and depots at Hermes, said the COVID-19 pandemic has made online shopping the standard way to acquire essential goods. He said, “This has generated an increase in parcel volumes and a demand for additional capacity and it is therefore imperative that we continue to make the right strategic investments in the right locations. This will also create new jobs and provide economic stimulation to these regions as the UK faces challenging economic times.”
Simon Jenkins, development director at Panattoni, said, “Hermes’s outline requirement was for a building of this size in this location. We were able to work with their team to adapt the building, which we had developed on a speculative basis, to suit their exact needs. The additional works required providing further yard space with four more level access doors on the end elevation of the building to meet Hermes requirements.”