Hermes Germany opened a new EUR 55 million logistics centre in Hamburg-Billbrook in late February. Around 200 employees will be responsible for handling shipments there from April 1, 2019. The parcel delivery company is now focusing on electric mobility at the 9,000 square metre distribution centre. From spring 2019, eight e-Sprinters and ten Mercedes Benz e-Vito transporters will be used near HafenCity and the Outer Alster all the way to Barmbek-Süd for emission-free, last mile deliveries.
Hamburg – a model of emission-free deliveries
Olaf Schabirosky, CEO of Hermes Germany, said: “We are setting standards both economically and ecologically by opening this distribution centre in our hometown of Hamburg.” Peter Tschentscher, Mayor of Hamburg, added: “Electro mobility is hugely important for passenger car and commercial traffic in future.” This includes inner-city deliveries, couriers, express and parcel services. Hermes is taking a big step in the right direction with its new logistics centre. “It offers modern workplaces and provides important impetus for innovative, environment-friendly logistics. Hamburg serves as a model city in which Hermes will be increasingly emission-free in future,” Tschentscher noted.
Cargo bike tests of alternative in-feed methods
Hermes plans to deploy 1,500 electric transporters across Germany in the coming years. “We are focusing clearly on the nationwide expansion of electric mobility. As part of our comprehensive mobility concepts, for instance, we are testing other alternative modes of delivery such as electrified cargo bikes,” said Schabirosky. Hermes has invested around EUR 55 million in the new logistics centre as part of a EUR 300 million programme to expand its nationwide logistics network. ECE Projektmanagement is responsible for the developing and planning the centre in Hamburg. Last year, Hermes joined the Zukunft.de project on zero-emission, last mile deliveries, which Hamburg is managing.
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