Mercedes-Benz Vans and Hermes finalized Monday a contract on a strategic partnership for the development of technologies and services for Hermes’ fleet of vehicles. Starting in 2018, Hermes Germany will successively put 1,500 Mercedes-Benz electric vans for package deliveries into service. After the pilot phase in Hamburg and Stuttgart in early 2018, the companies will expand their co-operation to urban areas across Germany. The collaboration goes far beyond mere battery-run electric vehicles and includes jointly developing a concept for an efficient charging infrastructure at Hermes logistics’ centres and IT services for the electric fleet.
Growth and sustainability strategy
“The aim is to make our processes even more efficient, productive and sustainable. Low-emission and emission-free vehicles are important pillars of our strategy as well as the continued development of forward-looking solutions for inner-city deliveries and further improving the quality of our services,” said Hanjo Schneider, CEO of Hermes Europe GmbH. The co-operation with Mercedes-Benz Vans will allow Hermes to implement its growth and sustainability strategy.
Emission-free parcel deliveries by 2025
Given the continued boom in the online retail trade and ongoing urbanization, a large proportion of increasing retail delivery volumes are likely to be mainly to customers in urban areas. To this end, Hermes is investing extensively in the expansion of its logistics infrastructure, including fleet modernization. This will ensure that future growth is as sustainable as possible for people and nature alike. By 2025, package deliveries to all customers in German city centres will be with zero emissions. The concept also includes expanding the package shop infrastructure, new micro depots, delivery bikes and pilot projects in the autonomous driving sector.