No matter how many national postal carriers were there, and how many private courier companies existed at that time, still none of them could surpass this one in its agility and the quickness of its growth. Not long did the newborn Hermes carrier stay in its sacred cradle. When the time came for the Berlin Wall to finally fall, the young company got out of the homelands, and stepped beyond the threshold into the East Germany. It was the same year that the carrier introduced an advanced next day express service to replace the already-existed 48-hour service. By the end of 1990s the company launched ParcelShop system with over 1,000 Hermes depot facilities installed nationwide. In 2007 it has gone from nationwide to worldwide, starting their expansion with launching operations in Austria and Italy. Nowadays they also manage operations in the UK, Russia, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain and Portugal, focusing primarily on parcel and bulky goods segments, and positioning themselves as leading service provider for online retail.