Consumer delivery specialist Hermes is mulling over plans to build another 'superhub' along the lines of its existing Warrington facility, which went live earlier this year.
Hermes' UK CEO Carole Woodhead confirmed to SHD Logistics that her organisation - riding on the back of considerable growth in the parcels sector - "will be looking to build another superhub within the next three to five years".
Woodhead suggested it would be "in the Midlands to North London corridor, possibly Milton Keynes," and may even be as far north as Birmingham or Coventry.
Speaking at the launch of Hermes' annual Parcel Deliveries Usage and Attitude Survey to a select group of press, Woodhead added: "A hub is a 20-year investment, and we need to determine how retailers want to inject parcels to us before committing."
Woodhead confirmed that plans are well underway to double the capacity of the existing 15,000 sq m superhub at Warrington. Orders have been placed with conveyor specialist Beumer for the automation which will be installed on a mezzanine level, and build will start on January 4th, after the Christmas peak. Completion is set for September 2015.
Speaking about the challenges - and opportunities - faced by parcel carriers by the high take-up of eCommerce in the UK, Woodhead said: "We have to maintain a very low cost of operation as customers' demand for free delivery is rising. It's a real challenge - people want it faster, better, and don't want to pay for it. However, we're very fortunate that we're in a market that is growing very sharply."