by shahzad.akram

5 Facts About Hermes


The courier is named after the Greek Deity 'Hermes' - who in the ancient Greek religion acted as the protector of human heralds, travelers, merchants, and orators. The Hermes Group is not the only modern-day company named after this ancient figure. Some of these companies include:

  • Hermes Airlines
  • Hermès - The luxury-end goods giant
  • Hermes Press

hermes ancient greek temple


The company was founded as Hermes-Paket-Schnelldienst on June 1 1972, by the German mail-order company Otto Versand and the Werner Velbinger Organization after 5 years of planning. The company aimed to create a postal service that would deliver parcels for the Otto mail order catalogue business and that would be independent of Swiss Post. The reason behind the Otto group's partnership with the Werner Velbinger Organization was the fact that the latter already had a parcel delivery service, which it bought to Hermes and which helped the company grow quickly.

3. The Winged Logo

Since 2010, the Hermes logo has been in the shape of a bird's wing, made of three shaded blue bars, which are said to represent speed and quickness.

hermes logo

4. Self-Employed Couriers

Hermes has been successful in lowering delivery costs for the company itself and consumers alike by using self-employed couriers, on a massive scale. By using self-employed couriers, who drive their vehicles, Hermes has been able to offer customers shipping quotes at a lower price than other companies that maintain fleets of delivery vehicles and have thousands of employees working as delivery drivers.

5. Hermes Fast Facts

  • Hermes delivers over 240 million parcels a year on behalf of 40% of the UK’s leading retailers and supermarkets. Some of their clients include: include: ASOS, Tesco, John Lewis, and Debenhams.
  • Hermes was the first-ever privately-owned delivery company to provide delivery services in East Germany, after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
  • In 2015, Hermes had a turnover of over 2.4 billion Euros. Hermes employs over 15,000 people worldwide and has operations in dozens of countries around the globe.


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