Hermes UK, the UK’s largest dedicated parcel company, is opening a new distribution depot in Aylesford, Maidstone at Panattoni Park, Bellingham Way, Aylesford, ME20 6SQ. Around 50 full time jobs and 100 part time jobs will be created at the substantial 78,794 sq ft warehouse, which will be operational in later this year.

The new facility will be able to handle over 220K parcels each day, over double as many as its previous site in the area, with the ability to operate 24/7 if required.  It forms part of the ongoing investment programme by Hermes UK to expand its capacity to meet the huge demand created by people shopping at home during the pandemic and the continuing growth in the sector. 

To support Hermes’ ESG commitments the new depot comes complete with EV charging as Hermes now has 30% electric vehicle ParcelShop fleet, smart lighting, rainwater harvesting, low carbon heating, solar panels and is built to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ certified specifications. 

Ross Wilson, Depot General Manager, Hermes UK, said, “We are all very excited here in Maidstone to be moving into our new home. It shows the faith the business has in Team Maidstone to deliver a world class service from this world class facility.  We are all very grateful for this opportunity and would just like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped make this happen.”

By Alison