Now one of the largest delivery companies across the whole of Europe, Hermes has been operating in Europe for over 40 years and has been a particularly growing force in the UK distribution market in recent years.
Hermes UK is run as a subsidiary of its parent company, which holds its head offices in Germany and also runs regional branches in Austria and Italy.
One of the main ways in which Hermes differ from a number of their competitors is that they are almost exclusively aimed towards business clients, and offer no services for individuals. However, public recognition of the brand has grown thanks to a number of substantial e-commerce clients using the company to fulfil customer orders.
Hermes have proved to be an attractive proposition for a number of businesses thanks to the inclusive nature of many of their solutions – including the central holding of stock at their distribution centres, which eliminates the need for clients deal extensively with administration of day-to-day deliveries.
Parcel delivery has been an increasingly competitive market in recent times, with traditional industry leaders DHL, DPD and UPS all making concerted efforts to grow their market share in Britain, while newcomers UK Mail and Yodel have each developed loyal client bases – something that has slowly begun to squeeze out the likes of Royal Mail and City Link.