Hermes UK makes big international expansion plans

Hermes UK has announced international expansion plans with an £11m investment into a new, dedicated international division.

As part of the plans, Hermes UK has opened two facilities in the UK and one in the Netherlands. The Essex facility has 140,000 square feet of space and will be able to process around 150,000 parcels a day. The Heathrow facility is 80,000 square feet in size, as is the Utrecht site. 150 jobs have been created across the company to manage this.

Malcolm Barrell has been hired to head up the new division as managing director. He has worked in logistics for 35 years and in his last role was CEO of FedEx’s cross-border brand, P2P. He is to report to CEO Martijn de Lange.

At the same time, Hermes UK has launched a fulfilment platform that can fulfil orders domestically and internationally from its UK and EU sites. This can connect to any website or marketplace and will now deliver to 220 countries – up from 190.

De Lange said, “This is about taking our existing international proposition and elevating it to create a best-in-class solution for our clients that enables us and them to maximize the opportunities that are being created by the fast-growing international e-commerce market.

“This is increasingly important post-Brexit and as the world starts to reopen following the global pandemic and we are committed to building on our unrivaled domestic success to become a globally recognized brand trading in all territories. We were delighted to launch the proposition by welcoming over 100 leading retailers to our Essex facility this week.”

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