Hermes launches international delivery service for SME e-tailers

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Parcel delivery provider Hermes has launched a new cost-effective international shipping solution for sole traders and SME retailers.

Customers with a Hermes Business Account can now send products to international online shoppers based in 23 countries across Europe, with deliveries to Australia, China and the USA set to follow next month. Hermes will utilize its own European fleet for deliveries to Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain and Portugal, with third-party suppliers handling deliveries elsewhere.

Hermes processes more than 10 million parcels a year for its Business Account clients, which includes small retailers and e-tailers who send more than 150 parcels a week. The company has more than 680 Business Account holders that receive a variety of benefits including access to a free van collection service and a flexible pricing plan, with discounted rates for larger parcel volumes.

With the new service, account holders simply include the overseas packages as part of their standard van collection service. All deliveries can also be tracked online.

Mike Antwoon, sales director at Hermes, said, “The depreciation of the pound triggered by last year’s Brexit vote has led to a large growth in the number of overseas consumers visiting British websites in order to find a bargain.

“As a result, we have recorded a 15% year-on-year jump in the number of parcels we deliver to addresses abroad. By further enhancing our Business Account solution, we can help sole traders, independent retailers and internet power sellers to take advantage of this opportunity, driving increased sales and encouraging growth.”

May 12, 2017

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