Parcel delivery service Hermes has teamed up with the Southern Co-operative to open myHermes ParcelShops at 49 stores in the South of England.

Stores in Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Somerset, Surrey, Sussex, Devon, Bristol and Wiltshire have been selected based on opening times, population breakdown and customer demand in order to maximise parcel volumes.

Hermes chief financial officer Rob Edson said this deal would help them reach their target for 2013. “This latest agreement with such a well-known and trusted name within the community underlines the value myHermes ParcelShop offers to both convenience retailers and their customers,” he said. “We are set to expand our network to 3,000 sites this year, with each location meeting our high standards in terms of quality, location and availability.”

Southern Co-operative head of category and trading Paul Bye said: “We are committed to making a difference in the communities we operate, so we are continually looking at ways to enhance the service we provide.

“The myHermes ParcelShop proposition is not only designed to add to our offering for customers, but deliver real benefits to our stores. This includes an added revenue stream, greater awareness in the neighbourhood and increased footfall and overall basket spend.”