Hermes opens US$50m sorting facility in southern Germany

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Hermes Germany has inaugurated its new logistics center in the southern municipality of Graben. The €40m (US$50m) hub is capable of processing up to 13,000 items per hour, equating to 100,000 packages each day. The state-of-the-art Belt Tray Sorter from Siemens sits within an 8,700m² (94,000ft²) main hall with 100 gates for loading and unloading packages.

The Graben hub is the fourth of nine new centers to open as part of a wider €300m (US$370m) infrastructure program by Hermes Germany, which is scheduled to be completed in 2020. The new hub will be home to more than 120 employees.

Markus Hobein, general area manager Munich at Hermes Germany, said, “Our new logistics center in Graben is a central hub for large parts of Bavaria and eastern Baden-Württemberg. Due to the continuously increasing number of consignments nationwide, the construction of a state-of-the-art distribution center in the south of the republic was indispensable for us. Of course, our customers also benefit from the faster turnaround times and the resulting shorter delivery times.”

Dirk Rahn, operations manager at Hermes Germany, said, “Overall, by the year 2020 we will build nine new state-of-the-art distribution centers. With these new locations, we can continue to be one of the leading parcel service providers in Germany and reliably manage the sustained growth in e-commerce volumes.”

Like the other new logistics centers from Hermes, the German Sustainable Building Council will award the new location in Graben with Gold status. The certificate recognizes the exemplary handling of resources and the environment. In addition to ergonomic and barrier-free workstations with height-adjustable tables, there are also extensive green areas surrounding the new center. 

February 19, 2018

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