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Parcel carrier Hermes has sealed a deal with e-commerce seller OnBuy to provide logistics solution to its 7,000 vendors as the online marketplace ramps up its global expansion plans.

Under the contract, Hermes will provide logistics services both nationally and internationally to OnBuy customers. The e-commerce business has seen rapid growth since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, with more than 7,000 merchants and over 36 million products on its platform.

Claire Phelan, Hermes UK head of e-commerce partnerships, said: “There has been significant upward trend in the volume of parcels entering the Hermes network from marketplaces such as OnBuy.

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“The growth has been accelerated through the pandemic as a result of changing consumer shopping preferences and an increase in start-up businesses and merchants choosing to sell through marketplaces.

“We are making it easier, cheaper and more convenient for these businesses using marketplaces to access the Hermes services whilst helping them to save time and money.”

Mark Lister, OnBuy chief commercial officer, added: “Working with a household name like Hermes will be pivotal as we continue to grow and lay down the gauntlet to the industry giants who currently dominate the field.

“Learnings from the last two years show that the sector will continue to grow, with demand increasing more than ever. At OnBuy it is vital that we can facilitate this demand with a seamless and trusted end-to-end, which is made ever stronger with this partnership.”