Hermes opened its 160,000ft² Warrington hub last week, which is capable of handing 550,000 parcels per day.

The £14m hub will help the operator expand its next-day and international delivery services, as well as increase capacity for the Christmas peak.

An automated scanner with the ability to process 20,000 parcels an hour (pictured right) has also been installed at the site.

Hermes Warrington hub

The operator has created 60 additional roles with the opening of the hub in various positions.

Hermes CEO Carole Woodhead said: “The new hub will ensure we continue to provide the best possible service for our clients. Its massive throughput capability and built-in flexibility will allow us to meet any changing requirements they might have, such as later assured collection cut-off times and a higher proportion of next-day delivery.

"It will also give us room to continue to grow our business as we take advantage of the continuing surge in online shopping," she added.