Hermes Logistics opens sixth hub in Germany

Hermes Logistics Group has opened its sixth major site in Germany, a EUR 14m hub developed next to an existing logistics facility. Combined within the existing facility in Ohrdruf, the new hub offers 238,000 square metres of space, with 300 parking spaces for swap trailers and 73 loading bays.

It has been equipped with processing systems by Vanderlande, including a conveyor system and two sorting machines that together can process 5,500 items each hour. Expectations are that a future expansion could see this reaching 8,800 items per hour.

The facility has good connections to Germany’s autobahn network, located at a strategic position between Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich.

It started up in September, although its official opening was last weekend. Hermes said the facility was established to help increase capacity to cope with “strong volume growth”.

About 75 jobs have been created at the facility, which Hermes suggests will process up to 15m items a year, including bulky items from Hermes’ parent company, the mail order giant Otto Group.

Dirk Rahn, director of operations at Hermes Logistics Group, said: “By integrating our sixth hub into the existing Hermes Fulfilment Logistics Centre, we can save some transportation routes and can send shipments including electrical appliances, carpets, furniture or DIY products even faster across Europe.”

Hermes Germany currently has 59 sites in Germany, and in the coming months is expecting to invest EUR 120m in 18 new facilities.

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