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Company: Hermes Europe GmbH

Brand value: US$706 million

Headquarter city: Hamburg

Category: Logistics

Year formed: 1972


Hermes is one of the largest business-to-consumer parcel delivery services in Germany, with 14,0000 ParcelShops across the country. These pick-up locations are often placed within small shops, bakeries and dry cleaners, allowing consumers to collect their parcels at their convenience. OTTO, H&M, eBay and Deutsche Bahn are among the businesses that use Hermes as their delivery partner. One of Hermes’ key points of difference in a competitive courier market is that it will try to deliver a parcel four times before charging extra. Detailed online parcel tracking is also available. The brand describes itself as fast, reliable and naturally sustainable. Since 2014, Hermes has been investing in nine environmentally friendly logistics centers across Germany, due for completion in 2019, and in partnership with Mercedes-Benz plans to have 1,500 electric delivery vans operating by 2020. Hermes is also trialling deliveries with Starship robots, which can carry up to 15kg distances of up to 5km. Hermes has for several years been an Official Premium Partner of the Bundesliga football league. Hermes is active worldwide has extensive operations in the UK, Russia, Italy and Austria. The integration of the French parcel shippers Mondial Relay and two-person handling specialists Girard Agediss (previously 3SI) into the international group has enabled Hermes to strengthen its competitive position in France. Hermes Europe is listed on the Stock Exchange.