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Hermes UK goes global

[ February 3, 2022   //   ]

Hermes UK is investing £11 million in its international business in response to a boom in e-commerce. It will create a dedicated International division tasked with launching a range of new services including inbound, outbound and reverse logistics and  cross-border products for retail customers, small firms, marketplaces and consumers.

Hermes has opened three brand new dedicated facilities: 140,000sq ft in Essex with capacity to process 150,000 parcels a day; 80,000sq ft at Heathrow to manage export and import operations; and 80,000sq ft in Utrecht, which will be the main transhipment hub in the Netherlands with a processing capacity of 70,000 parcels a day. Over 150 jobs have been created, from managerial to warehousing roles.

Malcolm Barrell is joining as managing director, international, reporting to chief executive, Martijn de Lange. He brings with him over 35 years of industry experience having worked at director level for DHL and Bpost International, and most recently as chief executive of FedEx’s cross border brand, P2P. Ed Ayyad takes the role of director of International with over 15 years of experience in international distribution, most recently as managing director of P2P.

Hermes UK has also launched a platform to fulfil orders domestically and internationally from its UK and European sites. It has the ability to connect to any website or marketplace and will now fulfil to 220 countries (up from 190) and is supported by a new International tracking interface.

Martijn de Lange said: “As the world starts to reopen following the global pandemic we are committed to building on our unrivalled domestic success to become a globally recognised brand trading in all territories.”