A fire at Hermes Distribution Centre Hits Black Friday Orders
A fire at a new Hermes parcel distribution centre in Warrington has hit deliveries for the biggest online shopping days of the year.
"Due to a small fire caused by a conveyor motor burnout, we are suffering some delays at our Warrington central hub," Hermes confirmed in a statement.
The courier said that nobody had been injured and no parcels had been damaged as a result of the burnout.
Parcel delivery company Hermes officially opened its new £14m distribution hub in Warrington, in May of this year.
The new delivery site has a capacity of around 550,000 parcels a day – almost three times that of Hermes’ previous site in Warrington.
The fire comes during the busiest time of the year for parcel delivery companies as estimated online spending on last week's Black Friday reached £810m, significantly ahead of expectations, compared to £720m on this week's Cyber Monday.
Black Friday, the retail phenomenon – traditionally a US event that takes place the day after Thanksgiving – sees online retailers slash prices to drive sales in the UK's pre-Christmas calendar.
Story Written by the Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/transport/10489722/Fire-at-Hermes-distribution-centre-delays-Black-Friday-orders.html