Hermes CEO Hanjo Schneider has been appointed to the executive board of the Otto Group with responsibility for Services from 1 February 2009. As a result, there will be changes at the top at the Hermes Logistik Gruppe (HLG). In addition to his board activities, from 1 July 2008 Hanjo Schneider will also be responsible for developing a European consortium within the HLG. New chairman of the HLG executive board will be Harmut Ilek. The transport logistics unit headed by Frank Rausch will be positioned on the international market as an independent company.
In a to-date unique project, the Hermes Logistik Gruppe analysed the environmental compatibility of its logistics services across Germany. The ParcelShop study shows that through the continual expansion of the now 13,500 acceptance points in the Hermes ParcelShop network, car miles and the related emissions of damaging carbon-dioxide have been reduced. As this externally verified study showed, carbon-dioxide emissions per parcel dropped significantly between August 2006 and August 2007. In total, the company cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 5,700 tonnes.