ECE develops new Hermes logistics center for large shipments in Ansbach

Together with ECE, Hermes Group will enlarge its shipping infrastructure for large shipments containing furniture or large household appliances. For this, ECE will develop a new logistics center on an approximately 186,000m² site close to freeway junction “Herrieden” (A6) in the Bavarian city of Ansbach. The planned building complex will comprise two facilities on a site spanning 76,000m². They will accommodate storage services by Hermes Fulfilment and the central processing of shipments by Hermes Einrichtungs Service. 600 new jobs will be created, the investment amounts to 90 million euros. The Construction start is scheduled for October 2018, the building complex will be operational at the beginning of 2020.

The new location will specialize in logistics for furniture, large household appliances and other bulky goods. It will be used by two companies of Hermes Group. Being a storage service provider, for example for OTTO, the leading e-commerce platform for furniture in Germany, Hermes Fulfilment will operate a 53,000m² storage facility for OTTO products in Ansbach. It will be an addition to the network of Hermes Fulfilment locations, which currently consists of facilities in Hamburg, Haldensleben (Saxony Anhalt), Löhne (North Rhine Westfalia), and Ohrdruf (Thuringia). It will also feature a 15,000m² logistics hub, which will be used by Hermes Einrichtungs Service to process the goods for its clients. Further building space of 8,000m² will accommodate offices, break rooms, and building services for both companies.

Sustainable construction standards

The Ansbach project will be developed and constructed by ECE. Since 2014, the company has built nine state-of-the-art logistics centers for Hermes Germany across Germany. “We are very pleased to kick off the construction of another lighthouse logistics project,” said Dr. Andreas Mattner, Managing Director Office, Traffic, Industries at ECE. “Once again, we will develop a logistics property which meets our client's requirements with regard to profitability, technology, flexibility, and sustainability and thus meets current client requirements.”

The project in Ansbach, like all new logistics centers of Hermes, is intended to meet the requirements of the gold certification of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). Among others, a sustainable heating generator and heat distribution concept as well as energy-saving LEDs with efficient, smart controls will be used. This will reduce the use of energy by 35 percent compared to conventional lighting. In addition, a transportation management system will avoid empty trips and standstills.

Buying furniture and large household appliances online is booming

To Dr. Georg Rau, Chairman of the Board of Hermes Fulfilment, this new location is an important component that helps to efficiently process the growing number of shipments and meet the increasing customer requirements: “There has been a continuing trend to order large goods online. In the coming three-and-a-half years, we will build a state-of-the-art logistics center that will specialize in handling large shipments of more than 31.5 kilograms.”

Michael Dildey, Managing Director Operations of Hermes Einrichtungs Service considers the new Ansbach location an important addition to the existing network: “Being a market-leader in two-man handling we offer our clients with this new HUB a new, efficient location in southern Germany and a basis for successful growth.”

Katy Roewer, OTTO Regional Director Service, emphasized the importance of the new logistics center in the Bavarian region of Middle Franconia: “On the one hand, providing the required storage and processing infrastructure enables us to extend our services and drive our growth. On the other hand, we can ship goods to our customers even faster, ideally on the next day,” said Roewer. “This way we can meet the increasing demand by our customers in our “Home & Living” business area and we can perceptively improve their shopping experience.”