Infrastructure Hermes opens Berlin-Brandenburg logistics centre

Hermes opens a new 53 million euro logistics centre in Havelland – and triples their potential processing volume in the greater Berlin area. The newly constructed building in the Brandenburg municipality of Ketzin creates about 250 jobs. More logistics centres will follow.

Berlin-Brandenburg Hermes logistics centre in Ketzin/Havel. (Photo: Hermes)

In Ketzin an der Havel (Brandenburg), Hermes Germany has opened its third in a planned total of nine new logistics centres (LC) in Germany. The approximately 10,000-square-metre distribution centre is set to process up to 250,000 consignments per day – roughly equivalent to three times the processing volume that was previously possible in the greater Berlin area. The company invested 53 million euros and created around 250 jobs. The Berlin-Brandenburg LC is part of a 300-million-euro investment programme that will result in a comprehensive modernisation of the entire Hermes logistics network by 2020. Two more new LCs in Mainz and Bad Rappenau near Heilbronn are already fully operational.

For Matthias Plack, general area manager for Berlin at Hermes Germany, opening the Berlin-Brandenburg LC is a milestone for the region. “With the number of shipments in and around Berlin having sky-rocketed in recent years, construction of a new distribution centre with high processing capacity was inevitable. With this new location, we are now optimally positioned, also in terms of taking on more shipping quantities in the region. Retailers from Berlin and Brandenburg benefit from faster handling, which in turn has a positive effect on delivery time”. Hermes will in future organise large parts of the deliveries to the capital, Potsdam and large areas of Havelland from the new Berlin-Brandenburg LC.

Dirk Rahn, COO of Hermes Germany, stresses: “The new logistics centre is one of the centrepieces of our logistics infrastructure in Germany beyond the Berlin-Brandenburg region as well. In view of the on-going country-wide boom in e-commerce, expanding our infrastructure will in future help us cope reliably with the consistent growth in volume. In this regard, the construction of several large logistics centres throughout Germany was and is a fundamental step for us. After all, we want to continue being one of the leading parcel service providers in Germany – but that requires investment”.

Quicker handling through new technology

Thanks to state-of-the-art conveying and handling technology, the new Berlin-Brandenburg LC is optimally positioned for the forecasted growth in volume for the coming years: the two-storey sorter of the company Vanderlande will process up to 25,000 shipments per hour at a speed of 2.5 metres per second. A separate large-scale sorter, state-of-the-art scanning equipment and a Corlette tilting station are further technical features of the new building. Yard management is controlled by cutting-edge IT systems in real-time, significantly speeding up process and handling. Calibrated weight and volume measurement also enables precise calculation of the transport capacities as well as the most extensive possible utilisation of the fleet.

Combined with the 116 gates for loading and unloading vehicles, Hermes will therefore be able to realise particularly accommodating cut-off times and thus accelerated parcel delivery. Mail-order retailers based in the catchment area of the new LC, e.g. retailers and online shops in Berlin or Potsdam, will benefit in particular.

Gold certificate for sustainability

Like the other new Hermes logistics centres, the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) will award the new location in Ketzin the gold status. This certificate acknowledges exemplary treatment of resources and the environment. In addition to ergonomic and barrier-free workstations, for instance with height-adjustable tables, the new Berlin-Brandenburg LC is also surrounded by extensive green spaces, which were created together with the German Nature Conservation Association (NABU).

The logistics centre in Ketzin was once again supervised by the project management company ECE in Hamburg – from initial planning to turnkey handover. “We are pleased to have successfully handed over the third logistics centre, after Bad Rappenau and Mainz. This is a further step on the way to successful implementation of the joint large-scale project with nine logistics centres throughout Germany, which we will be implementing in quick succession for Hermes Germany by 2020”, says Dr. Andreas Mattner, managing director of ECE’s Office, Traffic, Industries division. ECE is responsible for the entire execution of the projects – from searching and purchasing land, through planning and turnkey construction up to placement of properties on the investor market. The basis for the logistics properties is a sophisticated prototype created by ECE in two different sizes, which can be developed at the respective locations in a way that is time-saving and cost-effective.

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