Hermes has opened a new 80,000ft² parcel depot at Prologis Park in Hemel Hempstead ahead of its predicted “busiest peak season to date”.

The new facility has the capacity to handle 130,000 parcels per day, to be distributed across the South East and Midlands.

It will also create 50 new jobs and is fitted with an array of green technology such as rainwater harvesting, multiple electric charging points and solar thermal hot water.

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Martijn De Lange, CEO at Hermes UK, said: “We are extremely proud to officially open our state-of-the-art depot in Hemel Hempstead, which will significantly increase the network capacity in the South East.

“This project demonstrates our total commitment to environmentally friendly, world-class delivery solutions, not just for today, but for the foreseeable future."

Hermes last year delivered 9.7 million parcels during its busiest week of the year and De Lange added “we expect that number to grow significantly in 2018”.

“Our team of experts spend the entire year planning for peak so retailers can enjoy absolute confidence in our ability to comfortably process increased volumes driven by Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the Christmas period. The investment in Hemel Hempstead illustrates our ambition to be the carrier of choice for both retailers and consumers alike.”

This latest depot follows closely behind Hermes’ £31m Midlands Super Hub opened in Rugby last year.